Malaysia hosts the second Borak Arts Series on Funding and Mobility Borak Arts Series 2014, Malaysia’s primary regional networking platform for creative practitioners and business leaders from around the world welcomed delegates this morning at MapKL, Publika. Kuala Lumpur. The second installation of Borak Arts Series is organised by My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA) in collaboration with the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) and Sime Darby Foundation.
Art companies and artistes aspire to transcend their work across borders or enjoy the liberty of challenging their creative realm without the inhibition of funding-related woes. There are means provided by the public and private sectors, both locally and internationally that may assist in bridging these gaps. Building from 2013’s Borak Arts Series of Building Sustainability in the Arts, MyPAA took the discussions forward to break boundaries across sectors and build knowledge in funding and mobility.
The conference brought together artistes, presenters/producers, intermediaries, funders and included keynote addresses, panel discussions, round robin sessions, networking platforms and performances. Welcoming both Malaysian and international delegates was Ms. Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin, Founder and Director of MyPAA. “Borak Arts Series has become the starting point for many conversations with partners outside Malaysia, initiated either by MyPAA or by the artistes and producers actively investing in their international relationships.
The programme targets partners with influence and the potential to create momentum for Malaysian performing artists. Through advocacy, networking and open dissemination of information, Malaysian artistes and works will now have the opportunity to possibly travel beyond our borders and raise the profile of our country’s arts,” expressed Izan Satrina. Izan also announced the documentation of Borak Arts Series 2013 to be made available online from December onwards and MyPAA’s recent partnership with the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur that covers the annual Malaysia Arts and Culture Funders Roundtable, Artiste Programme and Rehearsal Space for Underprivileged Children.
The delegates, made up of Malaysian industry players as well as from Japan, New Zealand, Belgium, France, Singapore, and Korea, were later entertained by an opening performance under the Korea Malaysia Connection Programme. The dance featured Steve Goh, Founder of Youth Studio of Dance and the JS Dance Theatre, Farah Shikeen Roslam, Cultural Artiste from JKKN, and Lee Dong Won, Dancer and Choreographer from Korea’s Arzid Modern Dance Company and One Dance Project. Continuing the launch of the two-day conference was YBhg. Datuk Norliza Rofli, Director General of JKKN who gave the opening remarks. “The Borak Arts Series is a significant event under the inaugural Malaysia International Performing Arts Village as it is a congregation of influential players from the public and private sector as well as the local and international performing arts community. I’m glad to see that the second installation of the Borak Arts Series is better received, this time with a bigger contingent of foreign delegates, a positive sign that our performing arts industry is growing and gaining traction internationally. We, at JKKN, are truly eager to continue supporting the growth of the industry and complementing Malaysian artistes and producers to continue creating and mastering their craft,” remarked YBhg. Datuk Norliza Rofli.
The Royal Arts Gala Fund was also announced, inviting applicants to start the online submission from 1 December onwards. YBhg. Datuk Adeline Leong, Governing Council Member of Sime Darby Foundation, which is a co-presenter of Borak Arts Series 2014 commented, “The Foundation hopes that our contribution of RM95,000 towards the organisation of Borak Arts Series will help achieve our goal of empowering the arts industry, specifically for arts administration and management skills.
We hope that all the participants have taken the full opportunity to network and gain new knowledge in how to continuously produce good, creative content; whilst being able to sustain their initiatives through the various opportunities (be it monetary or upgrading their skills) which are available locally and internationally. We look forward to more initiatives such as these to be organised in Malaysia for the sustainability and development of the arts industry.” Later addressing the delegates was Liz Kamaruddin, Group Strategic Communications Division Senior General Manager of PETRONAS, giving the first keynote address entitled “Our Journey In Growing Malaysia’s Arts and Culture”. Other speakers from the first day included YBhg. Datin Marion D’Cruz of Five Arts Centre (Malaysia), Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Executive Director of Think City (Malaysia), Taneo Kato, Executive Director of the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts KMK (Japan), Yohann Floch of Fresh Arts Coalition Europe (Belgium), Jean-Yves Coffre of Res Artis (France), Monica Turner of the Asia New Zealand Foundation (New Zealand), Arts Consultant-Organiser Pang Khee Teik (Malaysia) and many more.
Theatrethreesixty performed a monologue entitled Adult Child/Dead Child, a piece directed by Christopher Ling, which displays the vulnerability of the human spirit. The second and final day of the conference saw the following speakers – Hiromi Maruoka, President of the Japan Center and Director of the Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (Japan), Claire Mooryang Sung, Programme Director of Daejeon Arts Center (Korea), Samuel Seow, Managing Director of Samuel Seow Law Corporation (Singapore), YBhg. Nori Abdullah, Chairman of Budi Penyayang Foundation (Malaysia) amongst others. Some topics discussed were “Arts and Cultural Support For a Creative and Vibrant Society”, “Investing Time in Networks”, “Cultural Entrepreneurship and Innovation” and more. Delegates also had the pleasure of witnessing performances by January Low, Odissi artiste, Kumar Karthigesu, professional sitar artiste, and the cultural troupe from JKKN. “We are truly grateful to be able to work together with JKKN and Sime Darby Foundation, and garner the support from the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur, Korea Arts Management Services, Asia Center, French Embassy in Malaysia, ASEF Culture360, New Straits Times Publishing Group, MAPKL Publika, and BOH Plantations.” said Izan Satrina.