Role of culture even more relevant in COVID times

James Kon

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 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin 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 the People’s Republic of China.

The minister earlier shared, “Culture and arts are fields like no other. Today, we celebrate its crucial role, an intangible bridge that has continued to connect the people of Brunei Darussalam and China, a solid foundation of appreciation, understanding and tolerance for each other.”

History, he said, “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”.

He added, “The festival unites the artistic diversities of both countries, by working together to promote digital and cultural literacy, emphasises the resilient value of culture and heritage, especially among the younger generation. For us, preserving and promoting our tangible and intangible cultural heritage for many years to come will always be relevant. And as Association of Southeast Asian Nations (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. The festival is not only an opportunity to further this commitment; it is also an opportunity to draw strength and talent from both countries.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin giving a speech. PHOTO: JAMES KON
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin launched the Brunei-China Art and Visual Culture Festival yesterday in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Brunei Darussalam and the People’s Republic of China. Photo shows a Taichi performance at the launch.