Contribute to the Cultural Fabric of Your Community
We recently had the privilege to be sponsors of an art competition run in association with the Tet Festival 2014. This is the most important annual cultural and festival event of the Vietnamese Communities in Australia and NSW. and attractos over 50,000 people during the 3 days of festival activities.
Our experience at the festival reminded us of the importance of art (in all its forms) in sustaining and developing the fabric of a culture and promoting a multicultural Australia.
Below is an extract from an acknowledgement made at the awards presentation. Although the audience in this instance was the Vietnamese community - the message applies equally well regardless of race or cultrure.
We hope you enjoy it and let us know if you agree or disagree ...
On behalf of Helen Summers the Managing Director of Sydney Art School and the rest of the Sydney Art School team let me say what a wonderful experience it has been to be part of the Tet Festival for 2014.
We have been impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of the organizing committee.
Yesterday John Robertson said that to be the best that you can be as a person first you need to understand who you are. And to do that you need to understand your roots. You need to understand the culture and heritage that has been passed down to you from your parents, grandparents and the broader community you belong to.
Of course the arts in all their forms – be they performing arts, literary arts or the visual arts – play a central role in telling the history of a people, to celebrate their achievements, remember their struggles and define their values.
Through the images left behind from the past the visual arts lets us look back across decades, centuries and even thousands of years to get a glimpse into the life and times of those that have gone before us.
The visual arts knows no discrimination. Be you young or old, rich or the poor, an academic or maybe not fortunate enough to have received a formal education … you can understand enjoy and even participate in the creation of art.
They visual arts have the ability to convey within a glimpse a message, a mood or capture a moment in time.
And importantly the visual arts can break down the barriers of language and race. They enable communities and countries to reach out to others – and bring us together as a multicultural society and global family.
So it is highly commendable that these young people have shown an interest in the visual arts and chosen so share their drawings and paintings to share with the rest of us. So to the participants and your parents and friends you all have something to be proud of.
Also none of this would have been possible without the vision and passion of the Hein Le, and the rest of the organizing committee. Sydney Art School acknowledges Hien and the wonderful support provided by our fellow sponsors, the VCA NSW Chapter, Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club and VietFace TV.
We are certainly looking forward to joining you again next year for the Tet Festival 2015.
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