Bicara Titian Budaya
On 12 December 2015, My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA) collaborated with CultureLink Singapore to bring you BICARA TITIAN BUDAYA, a free event organized as TITIAN BUDAYA’s community engagement programme that features talks and discussions to deepen the knowledge and understanding of creative engagements, as well as facilitate cross-border networking and learning between Singapore and Malaysia artistes, intermediaries, collectives and socio-cultural institutions.
Panel Discussion I: STORIES WITHOUT BORDERS Singaporean and Malaysian storytellers share with us how they transcend boundaries of art and nation to tell tales that are truly Asia, while keeping uniquely local elements. In 2 our hands, storytelling is a tool that not only entertains but also breaks down barriers, enabling empathy and inspiring us to think beyond our own world. How and why should we work together? What stories do we need to take us there?
• Claire Wong | Co-Founder & Joint Artistic Director | Checkpoint Theatre (Singapore)
• Gwee Li Sui | Literary Critic, Poet and Graphic Artist (Singapore)
• Jo Kukathas | Director-Actor-Playwright | Instant Café Theatre Company (Malaysia)
• Uthaya Sankar SB | Writer | Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan (Malaysia)
• Moderator: Tshiung Han See | Poet, writer, critic, editor
Panel Discussion II A SOCIALLY-ENGAGED GENERATION In all developing societies, community building has an integrative function to ensure social cohesion. We discuss the significance, practices and models in Malaysia and Singapore in developing a conscientised generation, particularly amongst youths. What are the different aims and challenges for artists in creating spaces for social engagement and community-building today?
• Alvin Tan | Founder & Artistic Director, The Necessary Stage (Singapore)
• Kenneth Kwok | Director, Arts & Youth and Strategic Planning | National Arts Council (Singapore)
• Norhayati Kaprawi | Documentary filmmaker (Malaysia)
• Pauline Fan | Managing Director, Pusaka (Malaysia)
• Moderator: Fuad Rahmat | Editor, Projek Dialog (Malaysia)
Panel Discussion III TOWARDS BUILDING NEW HOPES AND HOMES Leading up to Borak Arts Series 2016 on the theme of “Bringing Arts Closer to Home”, we ask how artists and creative workers can collaborate with marginalized communities (the disabled, the poor, at-risk youths, minorities, etc) to make Malaysia or Singapore a home we can all call our own. How can such communities discover strength, voice and a sense of belonging through the creative process?
• Dr Hartini Zainuddin | Founder, Chow Kit Foundation | CEO, Yayasan Siti Sapura Husin (Malaysia)
• Liew Kung Yu | Artist, Community arts practitioner (Malaysia) • Woon Tien Wei | Artist & Curator, Post-Museum (Singapore)
• AKM Mohsin | Director, Dibashram | Editor-in-chief, Banglar Kantha (The Voice of Bengal) (Singapore)
• Moderator: Pang Khee Teik | Arts Consultant | Founder & Director, Art For Grabs (Malaysia)
In addition to the thought-provoking panel discussions on “Stories Without Borders”, “A Socially-Engaged Generation” and “Towards Building New Hopes And Homes”, BTB showcased a unique theatre experience entitled Serunding by Aidli Mosbit (Winner of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition) and winning content from the Singapore Heritage Short Film 2015 – “Beneath The Spikes” by RojaKrew Productions and “Kuda Kepang: Reviving The Culture” by 3 Invasions Production. “CultureLink is proud to collaborate with MyPAA to co-organise Bicara Titian Budaya. Amidst the bustle of performance and exhibition events, we take this moment to contemplate what it means and what it takes to build cultural bridges, networks and ‘nets’ to support, engage, and sustain our diverse communities. I hope that this educative exchange may seed and spark ideas for cooperation and collaboration between artists and cultural workers from both sides of the causeway”, said Goh Ching Lee, Executive & Artistic Director of CultureLink Singapore, who is also the Creative Producer for TITIAN BUDAYA. Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin, Founder & Director of MyPAA, said, “Bicara Titian Budaya was inspired by the recent Borak Arts Series 2015 conference when an encouraging number of delegates from Singapore attended, thanks to the National Arts Council Singapore. We realized that a number of artistes from both countries were already collaborating with one another but the relationships weren’t maximised to its fullest potential. We wanted the stories of these collaborations trickle down to the rest of the communities and possibly spark discussions that will lead to cross collaborations. Bicara Titian Budaya serves as an avenue for new connections to be made and for existing ones to continue and flourish. There’s a lot that Malaysian artistes can learn from their Singaporean counterparts and vice versa but a platform that brings them altogether isn’t always available thus this dialogue would help in addressing this.” About TITIAN BUDAYA: TITIAN BUDAYA 2015 commemorates 50 years of friendship between Malaysia and Singapore. It is presented by Singapore’s Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and supported by Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MoTaC). Showcasing the creative talents from Singapore and Malaysia, it is an opportunity for Malaysians to appreciate and enjoy the shared culture and heritage of Singapore and Malaysia. For more information on TITIAN BUDAYA, visit www.titianbudayasg.com