The role of culture is ever more relevant as a vital part of the solution in uplifting mental well-being in these challenging times with an uncertain future, defined by post-Covid-19 recovery, digital culture and the creative economy.
This was highlighted by Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Maj-Gen (Rtd) Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Saiful Mulok in his address as the guest of honour at the launch of Brunei-China Art and Visual Culture Festival held yesterday in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Brunei Darussalam and China.
He said culture and arts had a crucial role that had connected the people of Brunei and China through a solid foundation of appreciation, understanding and tolerance for each other.
History, said Aminuddin, “shows us that it is a cultural relation that has not only started in the past 30 years, but one that has been established for many centuries, and one that has brought many mutual benefits for both countries”.
“For us, preserving and promoting our tangible and intangible cultural heritage for many years to come will always be relevant. And as Asean chair, one of our top priorities is to implement the Asean Culture of Prevention: a paradigm shift in mindset from one of mitigation to one of prevention in the protection of our invaluable cultural heritage,” he added.
He said the festival was a great opportunity to further this commitment. — Borneo Bulletin/ANN