ASEF culture360 (culture360.asef.org) is a portal managed by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) since 2005.
ASEF culture360 is designed to stimulate cultural engagement and enhance mutual understanding between Asia and Europe by providing relevant information through weekly updates on news, events, opportunities and resources. It also features a cultural magazine with in-depth articles, interviews and profiles, and social media tools to enable online networking between individuals, as well as organisations across the ASEM region. Relevant information from the portal is also shared through a monthly electronic newsletter.
The ASEF culture360 platform also features a special section dedicated to film, which focuses on independent cinema in Asia and Europe. Since 2011, culture360.asef.org also hosts the website of the Asia-Europe Museum network (ASEMUS).
ASEF culture360 has been initiated in 2005 by the Culture Ministers of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) following several meetings of cultural policy makers and cultural practitioners who identified a need to facilitate information flow and cultural cooperation amongst member countries.
Launched in 2008, the portal is currently in its 8th year and has been recurrently acknowledged by ASEM Culture Ministers as “a concrete deliverable of the ASEM process … to facilitate the visibility of cultural activities of member countries.” The 6th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM CMM6) in October 2014 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, further recognised the role of ASEF culture360 in connecting cultural practitioners of Asia and Europe.
In 2010, the portal was identified as an existing tool for the exchange of information on diversity of cultural expressions by UNESCO, the UN’s lead agency for culture, in “Collecting Information, Data, Best Practices: Existing Mechanisms and Tools”.
In 2014, the European Union specifically highlighted ASEF culture360 as an ‘excellent model of information exchange for Asia-Europe cultural co-operation’ in its Report on Preparatory Action on the Role of Culture in EU External Relations and as a model worthy of emulation for Europe’s relations with other regions
- To inform cultural practitioners, artists, policy makers, and governments about arts and culture in and between Asia and Europe
- To create networking opportunities for cultural professionals who are looking to share ideas
- To facilitate cultural reflection as well as stimulate cultural dialogue and cooperation within the ASEM region
About the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, economy, education, governance, public health and sustainable development.
ASEF is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
About the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and co-operation bringing together the 28 European Union Member States and the European Commission with 18 Asian countries, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Norway, Switzerland and the ASEAN Secretariat. The ASEM dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between our two regions, in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership.
ASEF culture360 covers the information coming from the 51 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
The ASEM Members are: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, the Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Viet Nam, the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat.
ASEF culture360 is developed with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of ASEF and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.