An official circular on reforming China’s art and literature awards

An official circular on reforming China’s art and literature awards, made public by the general offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council on Dec 28, said the existing 20 national art and literature awards will be reduced to 19, while a large number of their sub-categorized awards are downsized.

It added that appraisals from the general public, artists and literati should be integrated with commercial indicators such as audience rating, box office and circulation.

The circular also urged that management on social organizations, schools, research institutions, publishing houses and websites be reinforced. No national art and literature awards should be held without approval.

The Ministry of Culture (MOC) in April vowed to streamline the chaotic art and literature awards, blaming too many redundant awards ceremonies and appraisals for having caused irregularities and power-for-money deals.

The MOC also vowed to regulate government officials’ participation in competitions and awards and to forbid them from exerting any influence during award appraisals.

The circular has taken effect since November 1st, 2015 onwards.


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