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Royal Arts Gala 2014

The Royal Arts Gala that was scheduled to take place on 23 November 2013 finally happened on 25 January 2014 at the former Istana Negara (Jln Istana), included a tour of the Royal Palace (which was the official residence of His and Her Majesties), a sumptuous dinner and a 45-minute Royal Show titled Mimpi Artilla directed by the acclaimed Adlin Aman Ramlie, renowned for his works in Puteri Gunung Ledang the movie, reality show Akademi Fantasia, Maharaja Lawak Mega, Uda dan Dara, Puteri Gunung Ledang the Musical, and P.Ramlee the Musical amongst others. Onn San, award-winning composer and orchestrator, whose works included The Secret Life of Nora and Everworld created beautiful music for Mimpi Artilla. The Royal Show was an eclectic fusion of Malaysia’s top talents. The Royal Arts Gala incuded the conferring of The Royal Medallions to honour a creative practitioner and a corporate angel who has shown lifelong passion and dedication to enriching the wealth of the performing arts in Malaysia. Nominations came from the public. The Royal Arts Gala has been created as a platform to help support the performing arts industry and raise the profile of performing arts to the private and public sectors. The initiative is part of the National Creative Industry Policy Quick Wins(DIKN). Monetary partnerships and sales from the table are channelled to the Royal Arts Gala Fund to help the Malaysian performing arts industry in:

  1. the promotion of Malaysian artists and works overseas (eg. in performing arts market, festival, showcase, pitch session, tour)
  2. the facilitation of international co-productions and collaborations involving Malaysian and overseas talent
  3. the development of technical and managerial skills among Malaysian performing arts manager and administrators
  4. research and documentation projects in the performing arts
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ARTERI Pop-Up Classes April 2016

ARTERI Pop-Up Classes A Collaborative Effort Aimed At Developing Arts Administration and Leadership Capabilities for Arts and Culture Ecosystem Stakeholders in Malaysia. ARTERI, an online Malaysian resource centre for the arts and culture industry, went live April 2016. ARTERI will increase potential opportunities for Malaysian arts, culture and heritage eco-system stakeholders to contribute to the social, creative and economic sustainability of the sector. As an extension of ARTERI, the ARTERI Pop-Up Classes have been created in collaboration with the local and international community members to become a capacity building platform aimed to develop more Malaysian leaders in the arts sectors. Designed for practitioners, funders, producers, educators, cultural policy makers and critics within the arts ecosystem, the inaugural ARTERI Pop-Up Classes commenced from 15 April to 17 April 2016 at GALERI PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 930am-5.30pm daily. The following workshops were offered:

    Friday, 15 April 2016 9.30am-12.45pm
    Melissa Teoh, Stage & Production Manager
    Recommended For: Technical crew, venue management
    Friday, 15 April 2016 2.30pm – 5.40pm
    Pauline Fan, Writer and Managing Director, PUSAKA | Sharaad Kuttan, Producer & Presenter, BFM89.9 | Lee Weng-Choy, President, Singapore Section, International Association of Art Critics (AICA)
    Recommended for: Editors, writers, bloggers, journalists, arts club editors
    Saturday, 16 April 2016 9.30am – 12.45pm
    Kenneth Kwok, Director of Arts & Youth and Strategic Planning, National Arts Council Singapore
    Recommended for: Corporate Funders, Policy Makers, Art administrators/ managers, Arts advocates, activists, NGOs, Corporate social responsibility managers
    Saturday, 16 April 2016 9.30am – 5.30pm
    Kristopher McDowell, President of KMP Artists USA
    Recommended for: Groups and individuals interested in touring beyond Malaysia
  • CULTURAL FUNDING WORKSHOP Sunday, 17 April 2016 9.30 – 12.45pm – Datin Marion D’Cruz, Choreographer/ Producer, Five Arts Centre (Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund) – Solomon Jebaratnam, Programme Manager (Think City Grant Programme) – Mio Yachita , Head of Cultural Affairs Department (The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur Small Grant) Recommended for : Producers, arts administrators/ managers, all level of practitioners
    Friday, 15 April 2016 & Saturday, 16 April 2016 9.30am – 5.40pm
    Recommended for: Administrators, artistic directors, curators, producer, festival programmers

MyPAA would like to extend our greatest gratitude to GALERI PETRONAS for their hospitality.

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Borak Arts Series 2018

Borak Arts Series 2018 Promo Video

Disclaimer: BAS2018 Promotional Video contains footages from BAS2017.

Borak Arts Series is an annual performing arts conference and market that creates opportunities and builds capacity through the congregation of Southeast Asian artists, presenters, producers, intermediaries, international cultural leaders, funders, academics and students. This year’s conference consists of three days of keynote talks, panels sessions from leading industry practitioners, leading performances from the region, pitches for new projects and extensive networking and engagements with peers and leaders. For the first time, Borak Arts Series looks at strengthening Southeast Asian and Australian engagement with the conference being held in Adelaide, Australia at the Adelaide Festival Centre alongside the OzAsia Festival between November 1-3, 2018.

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Karnival Seni Kreatif Kita (KSKK)

Karnival Seni Kreatif Kita 2013 Promo Video

Set to unlock your imagination and ignite your artistic soul, this super chill-out under the sun arts and culture carnival took place at Bukit Layang-Layang, Pasir Gudang, Johor from the 11th to 12th May 2013. Karnival Seni Kreatif Kita is aimed at bringing greater awareness on arts and culture among the public as well as making arts accessible to everyone.

The headliners include: the famed comedy troupe who played to sold-out shows at Istana Budaya, Lawak Ke Der (featuring Harith Iskander, Raja Azura, Osbon, Saiful Apek, Yasin), young composer/music sensation Najwa Latif (who also recently performed with Greyson Chance), Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Bands on Myspace Couple, glorious folk rock Azmyl Yunor and The Siggarettes, post grunge progressive rock band Primitive Leap, and Johor indie rock band Medinee amongst others.

The activities are aimed to attract Johoreans to enjoy a broad spectrum of arts and cultural activities including family friendly theatre shows, playwriting workshops, environmental designwork, theatre experiences including flashmobs, plays, ukulele, Capoeira, Johor traditional performances, games and many other fun activities.

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Borak Arts Series 2014

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.

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Royal Arts Gala 2012

My Performing Arts Agency in collaboration with the National Department for Culture & Arts, with the support of the Ministry of Information Communication & Culture & the Performance Management Delivery Unit has recently launched an entry point project for the creative industry, part of the Economic Transformation Programme under NKEA of Communication Content & Infrastructure. The Royal Arts Gala is positioned as an iconic arts event, an addition to Malaysia’s calendar of signature events e.g. the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival & F1 Gala Dinner. This is an annual exclusive & significant arts gala to raise funds & energise collaborative partnerships for the creation & development of new arts ventures in Malaysia intended to raise the profile of the arts in Malaysia & to encourage the private sector to be supportive of the development of artistic & cultural aspects of Malaysia. Directed by the renowned Pat Ibrahim & hosted by Harith Iskander, The Royal Arts Gala showcase “Journey Through The Arts” takes you on a fun & entertaining tour through the history of Malaysian performing arts, highlighting the various milestones of our country’s rich arts heritage. Bringing the showcase to life are a dazzling Malaysian cast of performers including the legendary Dato’ M. Nasir, superstar Tony Eusoff, the beautiful Suhaili Micheline, the haunting sounds of rebab player Kamarul Baisah, upcoming musical stars Stephanie Van Driesen & Nadia Aqilah, accompanied by some of Malaysia’s best dancers. The showcase will also feature West End star David Shannon, who has played leading roles in iconic musicals such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera & Sweeney Todd.

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Borak Arts Series 2013

15 & 16 June 2013 – The who’s who of Malaysia’s arts and performing arts industry got together to inspire and educate the arts community. Some of the topics that were touched across the two-day conference were sustainability of the industry and handling of the business side of things.

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5th Roundtable: Coalition of Corporate Support for the Arts

This session was hosted by My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA) and Yayasan Hasanah, created for promoters of corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate branding, and corporate philanthropy. The biannual roundtable aims to grow the culture of giving, investment, partnership, bringing partners together to foster a more sustainable and vibrant arts and culture sector in Malaysia. This meeting also included a discussion on the next course of action to formalise the Coalition of Corporate Support for the Arts Malaysia.

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Borak Arts Youth Series 2015, Ipoh

Borak Arts Youth Series, Ipoh Highlights Video

Borak Arts Youth Series is a platform for aspiring youth Artpreneurs to converge, to discuss and share ideas. The conference has become the starting point for youth to invert their relationship in the art industry. In addition to build knowledge capacity between youth of similar interest and passion within the arts. The programme targets 18 to 30 years old with potential to create momentum for Malaysia performing arts industry. The conference brought together artistes, presenters/director, intermediaries, founder, and included keynote addresses, panel discussion, workshop and performances. Location for this conference was at Sepaloh Art Gallery, Ipoh, Perak on 28 March 2015 (Saturday). Borak Arts Youth Series Ipoh 2015 was presented by Bursa Malaysia – The Bursa Bull Charge and partnership with Projek Rabak.

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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

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