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Contest for most creative redesign of public spaces

Everyday public spaces in the nation’s cities, like streets, parks and shopping malls, will be transformed into art as part of a competition called Awakened Spaces launched in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

Put on by the British Council and the newspaper The Thao & Van Hoa (Sport & Culture), the competition invites people to nominate places in their cities and submit photos of the places, with reasons and creative ideas for transforming them.

Photos of each public space nominated will be placed online at www.thethaovanhoa.vn/danhthuckhonggian, allowing the public to vote on them until February 22, with the winning entry to receive a prize of VND5 million (US$312).

Judges will then select three other finalists.

The final public space selected in the competition will then be subject to a collaborative intervention by British and Vietnamese artists, who will together look at how the space might be transformed, temporarily or permanently. The intervention could be architectural or graphic, a performance, a sculpture, a film or a multimedia activity that embraces all of these. It could be outdoors or indoors, and last a day, a week, a month or a lifetime.

The nominator of the winning public space will receive a VND20 million prize, and four VND5 million prizes will be awarded to the runners-up.

An exhibition of the submitted photos along with a discussion of urban public spaces will also be held in Ha Noi in next February.

The Awakened Spaces is a part of the two-year artistic regional project Transforming Public Places, a collaboration by artists in East Asia and the UK to increase public awareness of the role of art in the shaping of cities through the transformation of public spaces. The project is taking places simultaneously in China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Photo entries must be submitted no later than midnight, February 22, to dtkg@thethaovanhoa.vn or changing@britishcouncil.org.

Source: VNS

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