Traditional art in Vietnam always needs the connection between those who have gone before and those who come after. Along with other artists, I am eager to preserve and develop this art form, bridging the gap between long-standing art forms like cai luong and future generations.
Every day, the "torchbearers" like seasoned artists carry the responsibility of training and guiding young artists, focusing on the human element to preserve and uphold the cultural heritage of the nation. However, they are growing older, their health is deteriorating, and they live in poverty. They lack attention from society. It can be understood that the main reason is because society is increasingly developing in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with a strong influx of cultural waves from other countries into Vietnam. The emergence of tapes, discs, television, gameshows, and the internet has provided flexible entertainment for audiences anytime, anywhere. However, it is evident that these are virtual forms that have unintentionally forgotten the traditional performance space or, in other words, those who have been long-time performers on stage (actors, singers) have become forgotten.
It can be seen that in the 50s, 60s, or 80s, 90s, the cai luong artists, Ho Quang, hat boi,... had a golden age and certain reputation. Therefore, recently these artists have struggled and been extinguished in their livelihoods. They have had to face difficult circumstances, worry about living expenses, but these artists still wholeheartedly pursue their chosen profession, dedicating themselves to the art.
Due to the nature of their work requiring frequent travel to different locations and their emotional inclination, most artists live alone. They tend to lead impulsive lives without clear direction. As a result, when they grow old, they often find themselves in a lonely situation, lacking the care of loved ones in their twilight years. This reality is evident in the elderly theater home in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.
Currently, the entire city has about 11 nursing homes, but there is only one nursing home that cares for artists, established by artist Phung Ha and the Artists' Friendship Association in 1998. After more than 20 years of establishment, the facility is now seriously deteriorated and lacks basic amenities. The most serious issue is the lack of essential functional areas in a nursing home.
Given the reality of urban planning and construction policies, Ho Chi Minh City needs a proper care facility for artists. This is also the desire of all elderly artists that the author had the opportunity to listen to. This is the main reason why the author decided to choose the topic: "Nursing home for Artists"
-LOCATION: The land is situated in Truong Thanh Ward. District 9. Ho Chi Minh City.
-PLANNING AREA: 3.6 hectares.
The land is located within the public land planning area. It is located in the heart of a tranquil residential zone, unaffected by excessive noise, providing a service radius. It is in close proximity to medical facilities, commercial centers, and religious markets.
In the future, the District 9 area is planned to transform into an eco-tourism destination, integrated with eco-tourism areas that can be linked to incorporating facilities into eco-tours combined with charitable tourism. This approach contributes to enhancing the human aspect of regional spatial development, aligning with the global trend of charitable tourism.
Team leader : Arch.Tài Thị Thu Hằng
Member : Arch.Nguyễn Phương Linh
Instructors : M.Arch.Trần Văn Đức