Speaking at a meeting with over 300 artists in the city on January 5, he spoke highly of the achievements made by the city’s artists over the past year, which have contributed to the country’s development of culture and arts. He expressed his hope that the artists would work harder to preserve and uphold the glorious tradition of Vietnamese revolutionary arts. Artists should attempt to portray the good as well as the bad witnessed in all fields of socio-economic life, bringing them into their works in a frank and sincere manner in order to meet the recreational and entertainment demands of Vietnamese people, he said. He also asked the city’s departments and sectors to attach more care and provide more support to the artists so that they can enjoy quality of life in this occupation. At the meeting, the guests contributed their opinions to improving the quality of the city’s cultural and arts activities. The city’s literature and arts saw encouraging progress over the past year. The city union of literature and arts associations has been active in organising field trips for its members, training younger members, and supporting them in releasing and advertising their works.