culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:44:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Swiss Made in Russia programme 2013-2015http://culture360.asef.org/news/swiss-made-in-russia-programme-2013-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=swiss-made-in-russia-programme-2013-2015 http://culture360.asef.org/news/swiss-made-in-russia-programme-2013-2015/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:41:43 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=54085

With its «Swiss Made in Russia – Contemporary Cultural Exchanges» programme, developed over 2013-2015, Pro Helvetia aims to build new networks between Swiss and Russian cultural institutions and to...  Read More

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With its «Swiss Made in Russia – Contemporary Cultural Exchanges» programme, developed over 2013-2015, Pro Helvetia aims to build new networks between Swiss and Russian cultural institutions and to strengthen existing forms of cooperation. A further goal is to foster an open dialogue between cultural practitioners from both countries.

The cross-disciplinary cultural exchange programme contains five strands:

  • Texts (literature)
  • Talks (debates)
  • Spaces (design, architecture, landscape architecture, art in public spaces)
  • Visuals (visual and media art)
  • Stages (performing arts)

The programme was launched in November 2012 at the 14th «International Book Fair for high-quality non/fiction» in Moscow. It has a budget of CHF 1.85 Million.

Full details and main achievements

Read about current activities in the July newsletter

Further information on «Swiss Made in Russia» is available at www.prohelvetia.ru

Information on «Swiss Made in Russia» in Russian

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Moving Athenshttp://culture360.asef.org/news/moving-athens/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=moving-athens http://culture360.asef.org/news/moving-athens/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:23:56 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=53801

Moving Athens is the latest in an award-winning collection of works by London-based film-maker, Jevan Chowdhury to capture the world as a stage. In response to hand-wringing and despair over the...  Read More

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Moving Athens is the latest in an award-winning collection of works by London-based film-maker, Jevan Chowdhury to capture the world as a stage. In response to hand-wringing and despair over the economic crisis in Greece, this wordless video celebrates beauty, grace and civilization in the streets of Athens.

Taking to the streets and working with the natural hustle and bustle in cities around the world, Jevan Chowdhury’s latest film ‘Moving Athens’ pairs together dance, music and film into one striking piece of art. His stories rely on capturing improvised and raw moments in time while weaving them together into one tapestry of sight and sound.

The timing couldn’t have been better. With youth unemployment rates in Greece hovering just below 50%, ‘Moving Athens’ is a testimony to the power of dance. Set against a backdrop of urban decay as well as architectural durability, dancers improvise across a range of dance genres, from ballet to street. Their movements synchronise with and are a counterpoint to the traffic that continues to speed across the city, evidence that despite the challenges, life in Athens continues at a pace.

‘Moving Athens’ is sixth in an award-winning collection of works by the London-based film-maker, Jevan Chowdhury to capture the world as a stage. Life on the street in London, Paris, Brussels, Prague and Yerevan in Armenia, have all been recorded in this growing canon. Together, they have garnered 10 international prizes from film festivals around the world.

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Moving Athens was produced by Wind & Foster, in collaboration with Stefi Productions, Athens Video Dance Project and Athens School of Fine Arts. The soundtrack was produced by Danny Odom (MODE).

Read more and view more stills from Moving Athens

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Green Art Lab Alliance funding guide for arts and environmental sustainabilityhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/green-art-lab-alliance-funding-guide-for-arts-and-environmental-sustainability/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=green-art-lab-alliance-funding-guide-for-arts-and-environmental-sustainability http://culture360.asef.org/news/green-art-lab-alliance-funding-guide-for-arts-and-environmental-sustainability/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:33:26 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=53786

The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) funding guide is a first inventory of public and private, international, European, national, regional and local funds, calls and initiatives that can support...  Read More

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The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) funding guide is a first inventory of public and private, international, European, national, regional and local funds, calls and initiatives that can support arts and culture projects on environmental sustainability.

With this guide the GALA partners hope to help artists and cultural professionals to access funding to experiment and develop sustainability projects and facilitate future European cooperation and activities linked to sustainability and the arts.

The funding schemes, resources and tips were collected by GALA partners and through an online call. The overall research was coordinated by On the Move and supported by COAL.

Green Art Lab Alliance is an EU funded programme funded by the Culture Programme which ran 2013-2015

Find the guide online on GALA website and download pdf GALA guide

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ASEF On the Go‬ photo‬ ‪competition‬ | Call for Entrieshttp://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/asef-on-the-go/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-on-the-go http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/asef-on-the-go/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:29:38 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=opportunity&p=53750

  The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites photographers to participate in On the Go, a photo competition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The competition is now open for entries and will...  Read More

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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites photographers to participate in On the Go, a photo competition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The competition is now open for entries and will run until 6th of September 2015.

On the Go‘s theme is the motion and the pace of life in Asia and Europe, illustrating those moments how we can be different — and yet so alike.

The competition is open to emerging and professional photographers from ASEM countries. Two winners will be selected by a distinguished international jury and an additional winner will be selected by online voting. Prizes will be awarded to all three finalists.

Winning entries and a further selection of photos will be published in a photo book, as well as showcased in an exhibition, which will be inaugurated alongside the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM12) in November, in Luxembourg. The exhibition will then go on tour across Asia and Europe. The first stops will be Singapore, followed by Belgium and Mongolia.

Interested? ENTER the competition and send us your best shots!

 

For more details: http://www.asef.org/onthego/

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Japan supports UNESCO cultural heritage programmes in Asiahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/japan-supports-unesco-cultural-heritage-programmes-in-asia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=japan-supports-unesco-cultural-heritage-programmes-in-asia http://culture360.asef.org/news/japan-supports-unesco-cultural-heritage-programmes-in-asia/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:07:26 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=52858

Japan is to continue its support to UNESCO regional capacity building programme to safeguard intangible cultural heritage in Asia and the Pacific with a 2nd phase including professional development...  Read More

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Japan is to continue its support to UNESCO regional capacity building programme to safeguard intangible cultural heritage in Asia and the Pacific with a 2nd phase including professional development measures in Lao PDR and Mongolia.

UNESCO has launched the Asia-Pacific project (Second Phase) to strengthen national capacity in implementing the 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The project will benefit five States Parties to the Convention, namely, Fiji, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Samoa and Sri Lanka.

This programme has been launched in Asia and the Pacific since 2013 in response to the States Parties’ emphasis of the importance of strengthening national capacity to effectively implement the Convention.

The first phase of the Japanese-funded project (2013-2014) benefitted 8 countries – Bhutan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste, by means of thematic workshops and pilot inventorying in local communities. Partnering governments were encouraged to involve stakeholders from communities and NGOs.

Capacity-building activities under this second phase will focus on the development of inventorying strategies, formulation of safeguarding measures, particularly for elements that are in urgent need of safeguarding, and elaboration of nomination files to the lists of the Convention and requests for International Assistance.

UNESCO will bring on board policy advisors to assist Member States in the development or improvement of policy frameworks aligned with the principles of the 20036 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It will also introduce a newly-developed workshop on elaborating safeguarding measures. Field survey and inventory in pilot communities will still be one of the highlighted activities in this project.

Read more about the programme

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Asian Arts Theatre Gwangju opening festivalhttp://culture360.asef.org/events/festivals/asian-arts-theatre-gwangju-opening-festival/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asian-arts-theatre-gwangju-opening-festival http://culture360.asef.org/events/festivals/asian-arts-theatre-gwangju-opening-festival/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:32:10 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=52667

After years of planning, the long awaited Asian Arts Theatre opens in Gwangju City, Korea in September 2015. It will launch with a 3-week long festival (September 4 –...  Read More

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After years of planning, the long awaited Asian Arts Theatre opens in Gwangju City, Korea in September 2015. It will launch with a 3-week long festival (September 4 – 21) hosting thirty-three international presentations, including premieres of twelve Asian productions/co-productions.

The Asian Arts Theatre questions, supports, and creates contemporary performing arts in Asia:

• What are the most vital means to discuss Asia’s now?
• What does “Asia” mean in individual practices?
• What is Asian contemporary art?

Asian Arts Theatre recognizes the importance of these questions and summons different voices articulating them. Asian Arts Theatre supports artists with unique and stirring visions, artists who can evoke, respond to, and reshape the most urgent aesthetic and social concerns of Asia today. Asian Arts Theatre’s Opening Festival will be an organic attempt to pronounce these visions and directions.

The festival will present perspectives beyond the geographical and political boundaries of Asia to create an arena of true international communication of ideas.

Asia is a region of dynamic changes overlapping with traditions. Asia is a way of thinking that challenges itself. It is a multidimensional concept that constantly calls for reworking,redefining, and revitalizing. Asia is a performative, organic framework for creativity.

The Asian Arts Theatre is a part of the Asia Culture Center (ACC), a government-funded establishment housed in the heart of Gwangju City. ACC is doubtless the most ambitious and momentous art project in Korean history in terms of budget, artistic vision, and spatial scale. Based in the newly constructed theatre complex, the Asian Arts Theatre aspires to become the hub theatre for the production, presentation, discussion, and international distribution of the most cutting-edge works in the context of the international performing arts scene.

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Cross-cultural collaborations in Indiahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/cross-cultural-collaborations-in-india/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cross-cultural-collaborations-in-india http://culture360.asef.org/news/cross-cultural-collaborations-in-india/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:48:11 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=52948

In an article for Arts Professional, writer and creative producer Harpreet Kaur profiles contemporary India: “With a culture hungry population and one of the fastest growing economies in the...  Read More

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In an article for Arts Professional, writer and creative producer Harpreet Kaur profiles contemporary India: “With a culture hungry population and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India is ripe for cross-cultural collaboration”

The creative industries in India are growing, with projects, festivals, events and enterprises developing daily. The Indian government does not support culture and arts development through allocated funds and there is no strategic model or arts policy being implemented at a national level (75% of people live in slums in Delhi and the arts are not quite the government’s priority at present). Yet initiatives and collaborative ventures continue to pop up all over the country. Many entrepreneurs are keen to collaborate with like-minded individuals to bring their dreams to life and create space in the market for new experiences.

The young generation are hyper-consumers of digital technology and new media, hungry for new ideas, artistic self-expression, travel and individuality. The socio-economic environment they grow up in almost forces them to be entrepreneurs. What is happening in India at present is what took place in England in the 1960s, but executed differently. Design thinking is increasingly popular and is taught at university, but here creative ventures happen by partnering with sponsors or working on a range of projects simultaneously, allowing the income from one or two to feed into the artistic aims.

Read the full article by Harpreet Kaur for Arts Professional, where she presents a number of innovative arts projects taking place in India and concludes:

The future looks optimistic for the arts in India, as the energy for growth and experimentation is high on the agenda of the young generation.

More from Harpreet Kaur

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ASEF culture360 media partner of Borak Art Series 2015http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-borak-art-series-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-culture360-media-partner-of-borak-art-series-2015 http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-borak-art-series-2015/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:23:18 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=53292

  ASEF culture360 is pleased to announce a new media partnership with Borak Art Series 2015, organised by My Performing Arts Agency (MyPaa) in collaboration with the Georgetown Festival in...  Read More

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ASEF culture360 is pleased to announce a new media partnership with Borak Art Series 2015, organised by My Performing Arts Agency (MyPaa) in collaboration with the Georgetown Festival in Penang, Malaysia on 29-30 August 2015. This year, Malaysia’s primary regional networking platform for creative practitioners and business leaders from around the world is taking place in Penang, Malaysia, to enable participants to immerse in the glocal’s best arts and culture.

In the words of George Town Festival Director Joe Sidek

“[...]We are very excited to be working together with MyPAA on the Borak Arts Series.  It’s timely that an arts conference of this stature is included into the Festival’s programming.  I believe that programmes that spur intellectual discourses would complement well with all the performances and exhibitions that happen during this month-long festival, making the George Town Festival a celebration for the mind and senses”

In celebration of Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year, the theme of Borak Arts Series will be ASEAN and the Future. The conference will bring together artists, presenters/producers, intermediaries, and funders and will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, country and city highlights, round robin sessions, networking platforms and performances.

Further strengthening the content for this year’s conference to aid in bringing local and ASEAN works across borders, MyPAA will be including two brand new components.

  • One-on-One Meetings with local and international presenters including theater programmers and festival directors with an appetite for ASEAN works such as Joe Sidek (George Town Festival), Kristopher McDowell (KMP Artists, USA), Marnie Karmelita (Brisbane Powerhouse), Kate Ben-Tovim (Arts Centre Melbourne), Joseph Mitchell (Adelaide Festival Centre), Andrew Ross (Darwin Festival)
  • Pitchpad ASEAN, a forum for ASEAN creators and arts professionals to share and discover new performing arts projects.  Up to 10 ASEAN submissions will be selected to pitch their new works to a stellar line-up of international festival directors and venue programmers in the presence of more than 170 performing arts professionals.  Successful ASEAN participants will be flown into George Town to aid them in their pitch.

ASEF culture360 will be there together with many speakers such as Rithisal Kang (Amrita Performing Arts, Cambodia), Amna Kusumo (Kelola Foundation, Indonesia), Dr. Joseph Victor Gonzales (ASWARA, Malaysia), Eliza Roberts (Asialink, Australia), Laurent Van Kote (Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, France), Pang Khee Teik (Malaysia), Grace Chin (Viddsee, Malaysia), Emmanuel Benbihy (Cities of Love, France), Pauline Fan (PUSAKA, Malaysia).

Stay tuned to ASEF culture360 in the next few weeks for exclusive interviews, in-depth articles and updates on Borak Arts Series 2015!

http://mypaa.com.my/borakarts/

 

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You don’t miss your water ‘till your well runs dry’ | Remembering Manus Brinkmanhttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/you-dont-miss-your-water-till-your-well-runs-dry-remembering-manus-brinkman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=you-dont-miss-your-water-till-your-well-runs-dry-remembering-manus-brinkman http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/you-dont-miss-your-water-till-your-well-runs-dry-remembering-manus-brinkman/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:41:40 +0000 Sasiwimon Wongjarin http://culture360.asef.org/?p=53260

We have learned with great sadness about the passing of our dear friend and valued colleague, Mr. Manus BRINKMAN, on Saturday, 4 July 2015 in Chiangmai, Thailand.  Read More

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We have learned with great sadness about the passing of our dear friend and valued colleague, Mr. Manus BRINKMAN, on Saturday, 4 July 2015 in Chiangmai, Thailand.

Like many of us, I was deeply sad upon hearing this news. The following personal message from Manus to his beloved partner, has been shared to Manus’ family members, friends and former colleagues all around the world, and I truly believe it is relevant for all of us who are still living:

‘the most important understanding in my life is the meaning behind the song title: “You don’t miss your water ‘till your well runs dry”’.  Realise what you have, do things you want to do, cherish it all and don’t take anything for granted.

Looking back, for me it is with no doubt that Manus had led a great deal of his life the way he wanted to until his very last moment. I believe Manus is one of the greatest contributors in the museum sector. He started his career at the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam as an educational staff before taking on the role of Director at the Children Museum Tropen Junior. After a decade of working with the Tropen Museum, he was elected as Director for the Dutch Museum Association in Amsterdam for 8 years. Later, between 1998 and 2004, Manus took on a position of Secretary General of the prestigious International Council of Museums (ICOM) in Paris.

Manus’s presentation at ASEMUS GC 2012 at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul (Korea) Conversation with Mr Choe Kwang Shik, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Korea) in occasion of the opening reception of the ASEMUS General Conference (GC) at the National Korea, Friday, 14 September 2012 Manus with Fionnuala CROOKE, ASEMUS Chairperson (2014-2016) and Director of Chester Beatty Libray in Dublin, Ireland Manus with Sabina SANTAROSSA, former Director Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Manus moved to Chiangmai and was based there for the past ten years working as Content-Editor of the Virtual Collections of Masterpieces (VCM),  one of the most successful projects initiated by the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS). Manus had been involved in ASEMUS since its inception and had always been a great supporter to the network ever since.

We are honoured to have met and worked with Manus. It has been a privilege to hear about his knowledge and witness his passion.  It has also been a great pleasure to have shared our thoughts and laughter. Manus was and will always be a wonderful inspiration for us and we will miss him dearly. On behalf of ASEF and ASEMUS, we would like to express our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

 

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ANTI Festival International Live Art prize nominees announcedhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/anti-festival-international-live-art-prize-nominees-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anti-festival-international-live-art-prize-nominees-announced http://culture360.asef.org/news/anti-festival-international-live-art-prize-nominees-announced/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:27:24 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=52473

The nominees for the 2nd ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art are announced. The prize will be awarded in Kuopio, Finland in September during the festival.  In the...  Read More

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The nominees for the 2nd ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art are announced. The prize will be awarded in Kuopio, Finland in September during the festival.  In the running for the 30,000 Euro prize are Marilyn Arsem (US), Saara Hannula (FI), Myriam Lefkowitz (FR), Bob & Roberta Smith (UK), Voina Collective (RU) and Willoh S.Weiland (AU).

The artistic directors of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan, say:

“In their diverse artistic processes, ranging from political and environmental activism, to urban experientialism and scientific research, these exceptional artists challenge us to re-consider our relationship to both art and the world around us, all six ask essential questions about the human condition”

The 2015 winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art will be chosen by a three member jury: curator Tang Fu Kuen (TH), architect Sami Rintala (FI/NO) and director of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Leevi Haapala (FI) as chair.

Underling the award’s reputation Haapala says:

“Now in its second year this prize has quickly become a very important moment in the international arts calendar – it celebrates the vitality, intelligence and cultural agency of live art, in all of its many forms.”

The world’s only International Prize for Live Art is 30,000 euros, with the winning artist receiving a cash prize of 15,000 euros and the same amount in the form of a production grant for bringing a new work to the ANTI Festival in 2016. The prize is funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

Read more on ANTI Festival website

Image: Forever Now Aphids project, Australia (Project Director: Willoh S. Weiland)

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