Blending Sci-tech and Culture Brings New Growth Point
By CHEN Chunyou
The integration of culture, science and technology gives birth to new industrial forms, new products and new modes of operation, which has become an important engine for high-quality development of the cultural industry.
In recent years, Jiangsu province has achieved remarkable progress in promoting this integration. This September, the Ministry of Science and Technology released a list of national demonstration bases for integrating culture with science and technology, in which five bases from Jiangsu are included.
Nanjing, the capital city of the province, is a state-level demonstration base for the integration of culture, science and technology, which consists of five branches in the fields of cultural and creative design, mobile games, media, future network technology and digital education.
China Culture and Technology Integration Exhibition Achievement Fair, the first special event focusing on digitalization of the cultural industry in the country, was held in Nanjing on October 21. Since its launch in 2018, it has served more than 3,000 market entities of various types, made business transactions worth 30 billion RMB, and received more than 50,000 visitors from the industry.
Visitors stop at a booth at the China Culture and Technology Integration Exhibition Achievement Fair in Nanjing on October 21. (PHOTO: VCG)
Data released by the Nanjing Bureau of Statistics this October, showed that in the first half of 2021, the business income of Nanjing's cultural enterprises reached 161 billion RMB, a 29.2 percent increase over the same period in 2020, achieving an average growth of 13.9 percent over the past two years.
Besides Nanjing, other cities in Jiangsu also have their own strengths.
Wuxi focuses on the digital film industry chain, integrating film shooting, project approval, financing, film trading, digital filming, and pressing ahead with Chinese movies into the 4.0 era, in which a fully integrated, high-tech production system prevails.
Changzhou has built a development pattern of integrating the digital and real economies, featuring the booming development of a high-end modern service industry.
Suzhou innovates carrier platforms, and introduced a cultural industry cluster featuring creative design, digital media and cultural tourism, as well as a high-tech industry cluster represented by electronic information.
In 2019, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee and other departments, jointly issued a guideline to promote the deep integration of culture, science and technology.
By 2025, an innovation system of integrating culture with science and technology covering key fields will be basically formed. Nearly 100 national demonstration bases with distinctive features, standardized management and well-equipped supporting facilities will be established. Meanwhile, about 200 industry-leading enterprises with well-known brands and strong competitiveness will be built, making the integration an engine for culture's high quality development.