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Greater Mekong Cultural Profile Project

Launch of Profiles

Visiting Arts has recently launched two brand new online international cultural guides the Cambodia Cultural Profile and the Laos Cultural Profile marking the completion of the three-country Greater Mekong Cultural Profile Project which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. The Viet Nam Cultural Profile, launched in August 2004, has already attracted considerable acclaim for its comprehensive coverage of the Vietnamese arts, media, heritage, libraries, archives and tourism sectors.

Developed in partnership with the local Ministries of Culture, these new online profiles represent the first major attempt to map the cultural infrastructures of two fascinating yet hitherto poorly-documented countries. Each offers a detailed sector-by-sector overview of Archives, Competitions and Awards, Cultural Funding, Ethnic Culture, Festivals, Film, Government Cultural Policy and Infrastructure, Heritage, International Exchange, Libraries, Literature, Mass Culture, Media (Broadcasting, Press, Publishing, Internet), Performing Arts, Research, Tourism, Training, Visual Arts and Youth Arts. All sectoral overviews concludes with a detailed directory of key contact organisations, making it possible for the reader not only to learn about what is happening in a particular cultural sector, but also to make direct contact with the key people working in it.

A valuable tool for those seeking cultural information on Cambodia and Laos, these online guides have been carefully compiled and structured with a view to permitting visitors to find information quickly and network effectively. It is hoped that they will help renew international public interest in Khmer and Lao culture, helping to build international partnership and dialogue through culture.

Further information: Tim Doling, Managing Editor, Cultural Profiles Project, Visiting Arts, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA, United Kingdom; tel. 44 (0) 20 7291 1624; fax 44 (0) 20 7291 1616; e-mail tim.doling@visitingarts.org.uk; www.culturalprofiles.org.uk