culture360.asef.org » ASEF News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:15:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 7th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Industries | 18 October | Netherlandshttp://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-presents-the-7th-asef-public-forum-on-creative-industries-in-asia-and-europe-enabling-crossovers-18-october-2014-amsterdam-netherlands/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-presents-the-7th-asef-public-forum-on-creative-industries-in-asia-and-europe-enabling-crossovers-18-october-2014-amsterdam-netherlands http://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-presents-the-7th-asef-public-forum-on-creative-industries-in-asia-and-europe-enabling-crossovers-18-october-2014-amsterdam-netherlands/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:08:28 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=44732

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As part of ASEF Cultural Policy Dialogue Series in 2014, ASEF will organise the 7th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Industries in Asia and Europe: Enabling Crossovers on 18 October 2014 at the Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event is in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands and Het Nieuwe Instituut from the Netherlands and with the support of the European Cultural Foundation.

The Forum will focus on policy debates around the creative industries in Asia and Europe in the framework of economic growth, sustainable development, social inclusion and empowerment. This platform will explore possibilities for future collaborative projects between Asia and Europe, thereby contributing to greater bi-regional collaboration.

The recent Creative Economy Report 2013, published by UNESCO and UNDP, reaffirms the potential of the creative economy to promote the overall creativity of societies. A unique feature of the creative industries is also their capacity to foster innovation by enabling crossovers.

In this context, the public forum will address three key questions:

Should we enable a culture of entrepreneurship in the arts?
How to educate for creativity?
How to ensure quality of life and environmental sustainability in creative cities?

HE Ms Jet BUSSEMAKER, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands and ASEF Executive Director, Ambassador ZHANG Yan will open the Public Forum with their welcome remarks. Among the speakers will be leading voices from Asia and Europe including: Charles LANDRY, an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change and inventor of the concept of the Creative City; Anmol VELLANI, Founder and Former Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts and theatre director; and, Ada WONG, Founder and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture and the Supervisor of the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong.

The Public Forum is an official side event of the 6th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting on 19-21 October 2014 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands which will focus on the benefits and challenges of the creative industries. The Public Forum will also mark the opening of the ASEM Cultural Network Programme from 18-21 October 2014 across the Netherlands, which will gather 40 creative professionals from Asia and Europe for four days of workshops and site visits.

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ASEF culture360 media partner of the Asian Intercultural Theatre Conference | Singaporehttp://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-asian-intercultural-theatre-conference-singapore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-asian-intercultural-theatre-conference-singapore http://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-asian-intercultural-theatre-conference-singapore/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:53:53 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=44708

ASEF culture360 will be one of the media partners of the upcoming Asian Intercultural Theatre Conference, on 25-28 November in Singapore.  Read More

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ASEF culture360 will be one of the media partners of the upcoming Asian Intercultural Theatre Conference, on 25-28 November in SingaporeAsian Intercultural Conference (AIC) 2014 will gather actors, writers, directors, scholars and researchers with an interest in the “Asian Intercultural”.

Within Asia’s diversity are societies, histories and communities that constantly feed theatre; from its teeming transnational cities to regional townships and local villages. The process of making theatre draws upon all our resources, human capacities, faculties and cultures.

This conference seeks to explore and examine those resources, its interactions and interplays, through keynote lectures, work-demonstrations and presentations.

Keynote speakers and panellists include Intercultural Theatre Institute’s co-founder and director, T Sasitharan, and world-renowned theatre practitioners Phillip B Zarrilli and Anuradha Kapur.

  • Wales-based Phillip Zarrilli is internationally known for training actors in a psychophysical process through Asian martial/meditation arts. A director and performer himself, Zarrilli is also noted for his work with Indian dancers/choreographers.
  • Anuradha Kapur, an established theatre director and former director of the National School of Drama (Delhi) who drove the institute’s acting curriculum, has a keen interest in traditional vocabulary in theatre.
  • T Sasitharan, a Cultural Medallion recipient (Singapore’s highest cultural award honouring artistic excellence) is well recognised as an educator, theatre artist, cultural critic and arts advocate. His thought leadership on arts and culture have made a wide impact on the larger community.

For more information and to register to the Conference: www.asianintercultural.com

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Niclas Bergstrom reports for Xinhua on the conclusions of EARS on Helsinki, the Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions for creative industries which was supported by the ASEF Creative Encounters Programme. A...  Read More

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Niclas Bergstrom reports for Xinhua on the conclusions of EARS on Helsinki, the Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions for creative industries which was supported by the ASEF Creative Encounters Programme. A crowd of over 300 creative industry professionals gathered at the Europe-Asia roundtable sessions (EARS) of 2014, a four-day event that wrapped up in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on Sunday 7 September.

One of the crucial talking points highlighted during the event was the emergence of China as a target market by western creative industry entrepreneurs, as well as means to break into the Chinese market.

Zhang Yan, a former Chinese Ambassador to India and the current executive director of the non-governmental organization Asia-Europe Foundation, believed that creative industries have a great future and will continue to soar in the years to come.

Creative industries have played a key role in the economic life of Finland, and the question is how to turn its edge into an export success, some experts noted. “One of the main goals of this event is to help Finnish businesses tackle some of the obstacles they may encounter on a Chinese market,” said Ossi Luoto, executive producer of EARS.

“Cultural differences are always present and a willingness to learn and adapt is a huge component in the formula for success. What is important though is that we avoid thinking of China as a single market,” he elaborated. “There are distinct nuances to the appeal of different products in different parts of China. Getting to know the right people locally and finding the right demographic becomes essential. This is something that takes time.”

Quite a few Finnish creative industry professionals made appearances during the event, sharing their own experiences and understanding of the various markets that exist within China. A particular streetwise skill in regard to doing business with the Chinese is acquired mainly through firsthand experience by living abroad and interacting with local partners.

These sentiments were shared by notable workers in the Finnish fashion industry, such as Martta Louekari and Miia Koski of “Pre Helsinki“, a platform created a few years ago to help promote Finnish fashion abroad and help designers gain international contacts. Pre-Helsinki has worked together with emerging Finnish fashion designers such as “Ensamble”, “Lepokorpi” and “Sasu Kauppi”. Last November they traveled to Shanghai and Hong Kong to help organize small events and pop up shows in the two cities.

“I would dare say Finnish design is one of the cultural exports that has done very well for itself, not only in China but worldwide,” Luoto commented.  The gaming industry in Finland has experienced significant growth through international success stories such as Angry Birds, he said, adding, “One of our major drawbacks however is that Finland, being a small country, doesn’t always have the adequate resources for promotional practices.”

Luoto seemed optimistic regarding future endeavors. “Finland has a good business relationship with China and the Finnish entrepreneurs are very inventive. What they need is to acquire the stamina to succeed in this environment.”

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ASEF to support ENCATC 22nd General Conference | Czech Republichttp://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-to-support-encatc-22nd-general-conference-czech-republic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-to-support-encatc-22nd-general-conference-czech-republic http://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-to-support-encatc-22nd-general-conference-czech-republic/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:34:31 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=44099

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its programme ASEF Creative Networks is supporting the 22nd ENCATC Annual Conference "New Challenges for the Arts and Culture: Is it just about money?” in Brno, Czech Republic from 17-19 September 2014.  Read More

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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its programme ASEF Creative Networks is supporting the 22nd ENCATC Annual Conference “New Challenges for the Arts and Culture: Is it just about money?” in Brno, Czech Republic from 17-19 September 2014. This major international event will bring together academics, researchers, cultural managers, policy makers, students, and artists to discuss and explore new challenges facing the arts. The themes of the conference will focus on the social, aesthetic and economic aspects of arts management in the public and private sectors and question “Is it all just about money?” This conference is meant to advance reflection and inspire innovative thinking about all aspects of the arts that impact our society and particularly the social, aesthetic and economic ones.

The Annual Conference is one of a series of events that ENCATC in partnership with the Asia Pacific Network for Education and Research (ANCER) and The Hong Kong Institute of Education is organising in 2014 as part of the project Network as Learning Experience, supported by the ASEF Creative Networks programme (1st edition).

During three plenary sessions, keynote speakers will share their expertise and reveal three interesting perspectives from Europe, North America and Asia on the challenges for the arts and culture.  David Mareček, Executive Director of the Czech Philharmonic in Prague; Alan Salzenstein, President, Association of Arts Administration and Professor, DePaul University in Chicago, USA; and Jerry C Y Liu, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at the National Taiwan University of Arts.

The expertise, innovative cases and new perspectives brought by the conference’s keynote speakers will be followed by moderated panel discussions and questions from the audience. These plenary sessions will be just several of the many opportunities to learn about the latest trends and developments in the field of cultural management and policy, exchange best practice, internationalise careers and enlarge professional networks.

Ms Anupama Sekhar, Acting Director of ASEF Culture Department, will present ASEF culture360 in the open session: Transfer of Knowledge, Information and Methodology on 19 September and the WorldCP-International Database of Cultural Policies project in the research session. She will also participate in the Seminar N°1: Training at the urban cultural project level: Training needs and future perspectives

The conference’s 3-day programme also includes the 5th Annual ENCATC Research Session, the 7th Annual ENCATC Thematic Area cultural seminars, study visits to flagship cultural institutions in Brno, the 11th Cultural Policy Research Award Ceremony, and an Open Space for knowledge-transfer on information and methodology. The event will also be accompanied by an artistic programme to showcase local talent and increase visibility of Czech artists.

 

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ASEF culture360 media partner of the Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA)http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-green-art-lab-alliance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-green-art-lab-alliance http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-green-art-lab-alliance/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:55:48 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43997

The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) is a partnership between 19 European cultural organisations which aims to explore what environmental sustainability means for the visual arts and design. ASEF through its portal culture360, is one of the media partners of this 2 year long project.  Read More

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Meeting of the GALA partners in Visby, Sweden (May 2014)

 

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The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) is a partnership between 19 European cultural organisations which aims to explore what environmental sustainability means for the visual arts and design. All partners believe that it’s time for culture and the arts to take responsibility in their own innovative and artistic ways.

This ambition has been acknowledged by the European Commission, which co-finances the GALA project in the framework of the EU Culture programme 2007-2013. During the two years of collaboration (April 2013-May 2015) the partners want to find out what the arts can do to promote sustainability. Together with designers, artists and scientists, the GALA partners investigate the challenges and opportunities that environmental sustainability implies for artists and art institutions. The overall aim is to share knowledge and raise awareness amongst artists, citizens and policy makers.

The participating organisations have a variety of different profiles. This, and the different geographical backgrounds of the participants, gives a diverse approach to the various aspects of sustainability. The artist residencies offer a space for experimentation and the exploration of the role of sustainability within the arts. Other partners are European cultural networks and government related institutes that have impact on (national) policy. Lastly, educational institutes and organisations are involved, stimulating the exchange of scientific knowledge with the creativity of artists.

The exchange of ideas with the local (artists) community takes place in the framework of eight workshops and eight seminars, each tailor-made and organised by the GALA partners.

The artist labs addresses key components of environmental sustainability through artistic work, research and debates. The aim is to come up with methodologies and innovative, experimental and artistic approaches to address sustainability in the visual arts and design. How do artists engage in the discourse of sustainability?

The workshops aim to disseminate tools, guidelines, resources and shared knowledge across the wider EU cultural community. How can artists and cultural organisations work in a more sustainable way? The workshops are about environmental impact measurement, reduction, technology and innovations for cultural organizations and artists. Each workshop will be adjusted to fit local requirements. Julie’s Bicycle is the core partner in the organisation of the workshops, because of their long-term experience and huge expertise around these issues. They provide support and guidance to the GALA partners and are interpreting environmental sustainability specifically in the context of the various arts and cultural communities.

Next to the GALA partners organising events, the project also includes three media partners, Trans Europe Halles, the Asia Europe Foundation through its portal culture360 and Imagine2020. The media partners are in place to share the outcomes and results from the project activities to their networks and members, by way of their media channels and platforms. They are chosen strategically as they are networks that are experienced in environmental sustainability and the arts.

To share and exchange experiences, resources and knowledge three GALA partner meetings are organised in the Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. All partners gather at these meetings to monitor the project, discuss the budget and planning of the activities, and also to create a better understanding of the differences in culture and approach to environmental sustainability. These meetings are essential to build up a strong, yet informal network.

 

Partners of the GALA project in Visby, Sweden last May 2014

Partners of the GALA project in Visby, Sweden last May 2014

Through knowledge exchange in the form of workshops, labs and partner meetings, the GALA project aims to create a Europe-wide network of individuals and organisations engaged in linking the arts with environmental sustainability. The European Knowledge Alliance will advocate for legacy and standards within the arts and the cultural sector on environmental sustainability in the longer term.

For more information: http://www.transartists.org/green-art-lab-alliance

 

GALA Co-organisers

DutchCulture|TransArtists Desk  www.transartists.org

Julie’s Bicycle  www.juliesbicycle.com

Art Motile  http://www.artmotile.org/

GlasgowLife  www.glasgow2014.com

Jan van Eyck Academie  www.janvaneyck.nl

Swedish Exhibition Agency/ Riksutstallningar  http://www.riksutstallningar.se

TippingPoint www.tippingpoint.org.uk

Pollinaria www.polinaria.org

Translocal Institute www.translocal.org

On the Move www.on-the-move.org

Museum of Transitory Art  http://www.motamuseum.com/

 

Associate partners

Creative Carbon Scotland  www.creativecarbonscotland.com

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowksi Castle  www.csw.art.pl/air / www.re-tooling-residencies.org

Geo Air http://geoair.blogspot.nl/

Goethe Institute Prague www.goethe.de/prag

Cape Farewell  www.capefarewell.com

 

Mediapartners

Trans Europe Halles   http://www.teh.net/

Imagine2020  http://www.imagine2020.eu/

Asia Europe Foundation/culture360  http://www.asef.org/  www.culture360.org

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EQUILIBRIUM | 2014 selected artists announced | Indiahttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/india-equilibrium-2014-selected-artists/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=india-equilibrium-2014-selected-artists http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/india-equilibrium-2014-selected-artists/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:03:08 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43755

Organised in the framework of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, EQUILIBRIUM is an international cultural initiative that aims at building creative contexts in villages and towns in India.   Read More

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Equilibrium – 2014 artists selected

 

Organised in the framework of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, EQUILIBRIUM is an international cultural initiative that aims at building creative contexts in villages and towns in India. Currently located in Partapur, the main aim of this project is to provide a platform for artists from Asia and Europe to engage in a dialogue with local communities through women’s groups in and around Partapur.

Following the call launched in May this year, 10 artists have been selected to participate in a 5-week residency that will involve activities with local women and lead toward creative capacity-building at a local school. The proposals should generate new works and processes resulting from dialogue and participation among local women’s groups, as well as build stronger ties between art practices and everyday life.

Below is the list of the artists selected for the 2 residencies:


Phase 1: 1 September to 6 October 2014

  • Anna Jankoswka (Poland)

Born in 1983 in Poland, Anna Jankowska is a fashion designer, and a scholar. She is a second year doctoral student in Cultural Studies at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and holds a Master Degree in Indian Philology (linguistics) from the same university. She holds a diploma in Fashion design and has been awarded governmental scholarship from Indian Council for Cultural Relations to complete M.A. in Hindi literature at J.N.U, New Delhi, India.

Anna attempts to merge fashion and Indian studies on the ground of sociology of culture. Her PhD research’s problem touches upon a question of symbolic culture, which she seeks in clothes, and fashion of India.

Anna works and lives in Poland.

  • Atom Collective (India) 

Atom Collective works with issues of migration, cultural shifts and the physical transformation of a city and trace the characteristics of the contextual space from the practices of various people. In their practice they have encountered gallery spaces as well as public spaces questioning the orthodox art meanings and interpretations and increase dialectical exchange with audience. As a collective they have participated in Kolkata international performance arts festival in 2013 and their projects have been executed in Birla academy of arts and culture.

Nilabja Bhattacharya had received MFA from Govt. College of art and craft in 2012 and Lalima Bhowmik completed her BFA degree from Kala Bhavana, Vishva-Bharati Vishvavidyalaya, Shantiniketan and her master’s degree from Govt.

 

  • Sarah Simmonds (UK)

Sarah Simmonds is a U.K based printmaker. She has graduated from Brighton University followed by a two-year M.A at the Royal College of Art in 2011, in Fine Art Printmaking.

Sarah has worked at BBK Kulturwerk in Berlin., and was awarded a studio residency in Pris at Cite Des Arts. She is a co-founder and curator of artist led collective called Blood Orange that works at providing a platform for artists to show their work and attempt to expand and broaden networks of interaction between artists, work and audience. Her current project ‘Object-ivity’ is collaboration with the Collector and Professor of Design, David Usbourne.

Sarah lives and works in UK.

 

  • Marieke Warmelink (The Netherlands)

Warmerlink questions traditional power structures and offers alternatives through her works. Her work reflects on current socio-political issues and the role of the media on life.

She has received BA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in fine arts, Amsterdam, and from University of west of England in graphic design & moving images. She has had exhibitions in Amsterdam, Belgium, Turkey and Germany, and has participated in Mamaau art residency and Mixer at Turkey and European exchange academy in Germany.

Marieke Warmelink lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

  • Meherun Akhter (Bangladesh)

Meherun Akter (Visual Artist), born in 1986 at Chittagong, Bangladesh, obtained her post graduation in painting from Fine art department of Chittagong University in 2012.

She is a member of Santaran Art Organization, and has participated in Floating Peers International Social practice workshop and residency; Crack Young Artist Residency program, Bangladesh; Britto Students Residency Program, Nepal. She has had exhibitions at National art gallery, Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy and Gallery Jolrong. Meherun Akter is strongly influenced by the postmodern gender identity crisis, and works on issues related with women.

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Phase 2: 15 October – 19 November 2014

  • Aude Marie (France)

Aude Marie, Knitwear Textile Designer, was born in 1984 in the French region of Normandy. She graduated from the ENSAAMA de Paris in Textile Design (BTS), and specialized in knitting at studies in England at the Central Saint Martin College of London.

She has a strong interest in history and, in particular, in the discoveries of famous adventurers. Fascinated by the cabinet of curiosities, Aude collects craft objects and inspiration in equal measure during her own travels, which becomes a part of her work.

Aude lives and works in Paris, where she combines working in her studio with teaching, developing her personal projects, and collaborating with artists and a range of fashion, accessories, and interior brands.

  • Moumita Ghosh (India)

Based in Delhi, Moumita Ghosh has been practicing art through teaching. At present she is working for ‘Made to Create’ project (under The Art for Change Foundation, NGO) new Delhi as an Instructor. She has expanded ‘teaching’ as a living experience and a quest in understanding her art.She has exhibited exclusively in Jaipur, Surat, Kolkatta, Delhi, and USA.

 

  • Margriet Kim Nguyen (The Netherlands)

Margriet Kim Nguyen is a half Dutch half Vietnamese freelance contemporary dance artist based in London. She has been studying contemporary dance and dance theatre at the Fontys School of Performing arts in the Netherlands and retrieved her Masters at the Place in London.

She has performed choreographic works by Eva Recacha, Ben Duke, Martin Forsberg and Jorge Cresis in Edge11, Victor Fung Dance, Helma Melis, Compagnie Regal de l’Empereur, among others, and has collaborated with artists from a wide range of media (soundscape, film, visual art and architecture). Besides using the body as a metaphor in the performing arts, Margriet is interested in social anthropology and contemporary philosophy and researches the connection between dance as an art form and the physical body in social context.

 

  • Nilanjana Nandy (India)

Nilanjana Nandy pursued her graduation from College of Art, Delhi and Masters from Faculty of Fine Art, MSU; Baroda.

Her art practice involves research about the site; people; socio-cultural traits in distinct region (through interactions with the community; study by scholars & other practitioners of the region; workshops etc.)

She has been a recipient of National Scholarship, Garhi Studios, Lalit Kala Akademi; Junior Fellowship (Visual Art); Grant for solo show by Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi & Scholarship for Summer Workshop, at Pont-Aven School of Art, France. She has also participated in CRACK International Artist in Residence Program- Bangladesh; Body Temperature – Performance Workshop-Delhi and SM Sultan Artist in Residence Program in Bangladesh.

Nilanjana Nandy works and lives in Delhi.

 

  • Khairani Barokka (Indonesia)

Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, artist, and an advocate for arts education, disability justice, and interdisciplinary and public art. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in the US, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She’s performed spoken word and performance art in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, and Australia, and worked with a variety of international partners on participatory art projects involving theatre arts, visual arts, and literature, from village communities in Indonesia to urban artists with disability in Australia.

She has master from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as a Tisch Departmental Fellow, and has been awarded as Writer-In-Residence at Emerging Writers Festival, Australia; Tutti, Inc. International Artist-In-Residence, and a speaker at both TEDxJakarta and TEDxYouth@Chennai in 2013.

As an independent researcher of arts, technology, and disability rights in performing arts, Okka is a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR).

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EARS on Helsinki | Europe-Asia creative industry conferencehttp://culture360.asef.org/event/ears-on-helsinki-europe-asia-creative-industry-conference/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ears-on-helsinki-europe-asia-creative-industry-conference http://culture360.asef.org/event/ears-on-helsinki-europe-asia-creative-industry-conference/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:26:20 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=42746

EARS – Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions is a new platform focusing on creative industry collaboration between Europe and Asia. September 4-7 2014 EARS on Helsinki will focus on Asia and...  Read More

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EARS – Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions is a new platform focusing on creative industry collaboration between Europe and Asia. September 4-7 2014 EARS on Helsinki will focus on Asia and is supported by the ASEF Creative Encounters programme.

Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions (EARS) will bring 300 creative industry professionals together to discover business opportunities, share best practices and get inspired by others and their ideas.  EARS on Helsinki takes place September 4-7 2014 and showcases latest trends on music, design, media and performing arts. EARS offers the possibility to learn about the latest trends and phenomena in cultural industries and to meet the people behind them.

On 5 September 2014, ASEF will support a roundtable on policy issues in the creative industries. This topic is emerging as an area of mutual interest for Asia-Europe dialogue and also features high on the cultural agenda of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Ambassador ZHANG YAN, Executive Director, ASEF will attend and address the participants during the event in Helsinki.

Check out the schedule and speakers. The event is organised during Helsinki Design Week.

EARS on Helsinki is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) under the Creative Encounters programme.  The partners are Europe –Asia Roundtable Sessions (EARS) in Finland and Modern Sky Entertainment in China.  The project is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland, City of Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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Jordi Baltà is the new ASEMUS Editorhttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/jordi-balta-is-the-new-asemus-editor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jordi-balta-is-the-new-asemus-editor http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/jordi-balta-is-the-new-asemus-editor/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:48:32 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=42898

Jordi Baltà has recently joined the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) team as web and social media editor.  Read More

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Jordi Baltà has recently joined the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) team as web and social media editor.

His role will involve researching and posting relevant online content, keeping up-to-date with culture news and information coming from ASEMUS member museums, commissioning articles and interviews for the website and sharing editorial content through social media networks and newsletters. In addition to the ASEMUS website, ASEMUS is currently active on social media networks Facebook and Twitter.

Further to his post at ASEMUS, Jordi Baltà works as a freelance consultant and trainer in the areas of cultural policy, cultural management and international affairs. He is a member of the UNESCO-EU Pool of Experts on the Governance of Culture in Developing Countries, as well as the U40 Network “Cultural Diversity 2030″. He previously worked at the Interarts Foundation. He is based in Barcelona.

Both ASEMUS member museums and other interested organisations and professionals are invited to contact him at jordi.balta [at] culture360.org with relevant information for the network.

Set up in 2000, the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) is a cross-cultural network of museums from Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries. Its objectives include promoting mutual understanding between the peoples of Asia and Europe through collaborative museum-based cultural activity and stimulating and facilitating the sharing and use of museum collections.

ASEMUS is led by an Executive Committee and supported by a Secretariat. The Patron of ASEMUS is the Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

 

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ASEF launches new publication: Enabling Crossovers | Good Practices in the Creative Industrieshttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-launches-new-publication-enabling-crossovers-good-practices-in-the-creative-industries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-launches-new-publication-enabling-crossovers-good-practices-in-the-creative-industries http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-launches-new-publication-enabling-crossovers-good-practices-in-the-creative-industries/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:38:16 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=42271

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has launched a new publication of 36 good practices in the creative industries across Asia and Europe.  Read More

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Creative industries are emerging as key components of the global economic and development agenda. These industries have demonstrated the ability to employ culture to provide insights into and solutions for the pressing social and economic challenges of our times. Adequately nurtured, creative industries are capable of fostering innovation as well as stimulating sustainable human-centred development.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands and Het Nieuwe Instituut, presents a new publication comprising 36 good practices in the creative industries across Asia and Europe. The compilation showcases examples of policy and practice that may serve as inspiration for networking, collaboration and policy making. The mapping covers the four areas which will be addressed at the upcoming 6th Culture Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in October 2014 in Rotterdam, namely creative skills, creative entrepreneurs, creative cities: sustainability, and creative cities: quality of life.

The publication was launched on the occasion of the first Senior Officials Meeting of the 6th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting on 20 June 2014.

Download the publication here:

http://www.asef.org/images/ASEF_Publication_EnablingCrossovers.pdf

For more information about ASEF’s work in the Creative Industries:

http://tinyurl.com/asefcreativeind

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Ties that Bind: An insider’s perspectivehttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/ties-that-bind-an-insiders-perspective/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ties-that-bind-an-insiders-perspective http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/ties-that-bind-an-insiders-perspective/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:42:42 +0000 culture360.org http://culture360.asef.org/?p=42009

The 2014 edition of the Film Producers Workshop Ties That Bind took place in Udine, Italy on 29 April to 7 May, along the 16th Far East Film Festival. Justin Deimen from Singapore, was one of the 10 selected producers from Asia and Europe that participated in this year's edition.  Read More

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The 2014 edition of the Film Producers Workshop Ties That Bind took place in Udine, Italy on 29 April to 7 May, along the  16th Far East Film Festival. Justin Deimen from Singapore, was one of the 10 selected producers from Asia and Europe that participated in this year’s edition.

 

The team and this year’s producer participants attend panel discussions at Udine’s 16th Far East Film Festival

The team of Ties that Bind and this year’s 10 selected producers at Udine’s 16th Far East Film Festival

 

Co-organised between the festival,  The Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) Creative Encounters programme, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, and the Asian Project Market, Ties That Bind brings together a selected group of creative producers from around Asia (5 producers) and Europe (5 producers) to discuss projects that they have in development as well as to facilitate cultural exchanges in the film and television sectors of their respective regions.  The second and final leg of the workshop will take place during the Busan International Film Festival / Asian Project Market in October 2014.

Having been one of the Asian participants this year from Singapore, I was in pole position to experience and participate in the programme that has had great success in recent years in bringing together and improving unique projects with co-producing potential from Asia and Europe by placing them under the creative and financing microscope of experts from the 2 continents.  After being involved in film co-productions around the Southeast Asian region, the European leg of the workshop proved to be a wonderful eye-opener and a fantastic networking opportunity.

 

The Producers

 

French producer, Karim Aitouna offers his insight and feedback to projects presented by fellow participants during the workshop.

French producer, Karim Aitouna offers his insight and feedback to projects presented by fellow participants during the workshop.

The producers chosen for the workshop were from varied backgrounds from Asia, we had producers from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Japan. From the European contingent, there were representatives from Belgium, France, The Netherlands, and Poland.  Their passion for their projects, professional achievements, personal integrity and character set the bar high for the workshop.

As an executive committee members of the recently launched Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), I was excited to learn that 3 out of the 5 Asian projects and 2 of the European projects were to be set in Southeast Asia. This underscored the storytelling potential and producing possibilities within this region as well as the need for strong inter-cultural foundations to be established between international content partners.

Each producer arrived with a feature film project, each at various stages of development and financing. Some were in the advanced stages of financing, while others were perfecting and putting together the right story that they wanted to tell. The notion of truly knowing the story and theme we were putting together became one of the most cohering points of references during the course of the week.

The Workshop and its Lessons

 

The workshops were guided by Christophe Bruncher (left), the programme’s Head of Studies and Group Leader, Élise Jalladeau.

The workshops were guided by Christophe Bruncher (left), the programme’s Head of Studies and Group Leader, Élise Jalladeau.

The workshop in Udine was comprised of 3 main components – a group discussion, plenaries, and meetings. The group work was facilitated by Elise Jalladeau (EAVE) in a round-table format consisting of intense 3-hour blocks of friendly criticism, creative brainstorming, and exchanging of experiences. As each project was different, every approach had to be unique and deliberate based on the quality of the story and script, the location of the production and the financing elements attached.

With the various experiences of the profiles gathered together, the workshop head Christopher succinctly mentioned early on that we were chosen based on who we are and where we were going as opposed to only the strength of our project. Through the group work, it became apparent that our individual work and knowledge in different regions, enabled us to exchange practical information to get our projects funded. We looked at the various tax incentives and grants available for producers around the world, and how we can best fit these puzzle pieces together to form our financing structure – this proved why the international format of this workshop demonstrated its true value.

In between the group discussions, we had sessions with industry experts based in Europe and Asia who presented the various states of play in the creative industries from festival planning, distribution, and script development. We also had fantastic self-improvement sessions that involved pitching and marketing. The follow-ups to these sessions included one-on-one meetings (coordinated by the Tanika Sajatovic from EAVE) with the experts to see how their respective fields of interest could benefit our individual projects. On the whole, this networking opportunity was beneficial for participants who knew what they wanted and what they could possibly gain from these esteemed guests.

Aside from these coordinated meetings, participants and experts were also grouped together for the various events and dinners around the city. Alessandro Gropplero and his team were instrumental in planning and putting together the well-executed schedules and events throughout any downtime we had. Through these instances of personal contact, a strong networking and learning opportunity allowed genuine and meaningful relationships to strengthen for the long run.

 

The Perspectives

 

From left: Philippines’ Joe Alandy, France’s Karim Aitouna, and ASEF representative Sasiwimon Wongjarin, listen to expert Roger Garcia from the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum.

From left: Philippines’ Joe Alandy, France’s Karim Aitouna, and ASEF representative Sasiwimon Wongjarin, listen to expert Roger Garcia from the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum.

One of the most interesting takeaways from these discussions and meetings was how differently producers on both sides of the Caspian Sea perceive sources of financing. As evidenced by the projects, there is a growing sense that European producers want to set more culturally inventive stories shot in Asia, which would allow it to be more cost-effective as well. However, government and arts funding in the continent aside from Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and Korea is scarce. Most film investments here deal with equity, and very little else including pre-sales. This presents a bit of a conundrum to our European counterparts where federal, state, and regional funding plays a large part in their endeavours and strategies of content producing.

On the Asian side of the aisle, it became apparent that aside from international development grants like the World Cinema Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund, there’s little experience that Asian producers have in terms of applying for soft money, and it does not constitute a significant portion of their financing plan. It’s a cash business here, where producers deal with less paperwork (a common refrain from the Europeans) and more equity. From the Singaporean and Malaysian standpoint, the tax incentives offered by these neighbouring nations are still arbitrary, nascent and continue to be developed. These film rebates will need more industry consultations to be disseminated fairly and purposefully or else it will become a limited bureaucratic exercise.

All these factors contribute to the dearth of true co-productions between these regions, as most European production expeditions into Asia are led creatively by European producers who are financed with cheaper production costs within Asia. Creative producers in Asia have more to offer than mere access to more cost-effective labour but also the desire and ability to package projects with our stories and private financing together with our European counterparts’ experience with their own countries’ incentives.

Most of Asia has private money flowing through the creative industries but no real system of checks and balances, or a sophisticated film financing ecosystem. The only real way for Asian producers to have an equal footing in a co-production relationship is if there is more support towards culture and the audio-visual arts either within each country or through inter-governmental associations, just as how EAVE as grown into a vital cultural establishment through the support of the European Union and the buy-ins from its member states. This is something creative producers in the Asian region have to work towards constituting, here cultural exchanges like Ties That Bind can help in this regard.

Ties that Bind is one of the project selected through the ASEF’s Creative Encounters programme in 2013-14. Creative Encounters is based on an annual open call for proposals and a selection process targeting innovative projects, which gather artists, performers, producers and cultural practitioners from Asia and Europe.

Submissions for the Fourth Edition (2014-2015) are now open until July 15, 2014.

 

Interviews:

Listen to the following interviews by Eddie Bertozzi, reporter from Fred Chanel One:

Listen to more podcast on Udine Far East Film Festival online  http://uk.fred.fm/category/podcastcat/feff/

 

Links:

 

JUSTIN DEIMEN is a Singapore‐based film and television producer by trade and a film journalist by training. With a varied and applied experience with the art of story and the creative business process, Justin is also one of region’s foremost scriptwriters and is one of the co-founders of the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association. His most recent feature film project is 3.50, the first Singapore‐Cambodia feature co‐production exploring the moral and societal issues of sex trafficking. He continues to pursue his passion to better the world through his work in the media and has co-established Wikigives.com, a crowdfunding platform for social causes carrying inspirational content.

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