Borak Arts Series

  • Overview

    As artists, I think that one of the good qualities we have is that we're imaginative. We're resourceful. We like challenges - Meredith Monk

    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 limited available 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, we take the discussions forward to break boundaries across sectors and build knowledge in funding and mobility. The conference will bring together artists, presenters, producers, intermediaries, funders and will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, round robin sessions, networking platforms and performances.

    The Borak Arts Series aims to promote accessibility of information, tools and ideas on how to bring their works or discussions forward, encourage cultural mobility and create alliances that would assist in building a conducive performing arts ecosystem. This year's market updates include Japan, New Zealand and Ipoh, Malaysia.

    Event Features

    • Keynote addresses and plenary sessions to update on critical issues, trends and outlook
    • Market updates include Japan, New Zealand and Ipoh, Malaysia for dynamic exchange of expertise in collaboration locally and internationally
    • Info Cell Sessions for personal in-depth discussions with industry stakeholders
    • Round Table Sessions for a quick snap shot of funders and partners

    Who should attend?

    • Artistes
    • Performing Arts Practitioners
    • Art Administrators
    • Presenters, Producers, Intermediaries
    • Funders
    • Art Managers from private sector – property development, malls, embassies
    • Creative Events Managers and Festival Directors
    • Arts Advocates, Activists and NGOs
    • Venture Capitalists, Philanthropists
    • Marketing, Corporate Communications and PR Managers involved in the promotion of arts
    • Corporate Managers of social responsibility
    • Deans for arts faculties and students

    Benefits of Attending Borak Arts 2014

    • Opportunity to have a powerful personal meeting to allow for quality relationships.
    • Opportunity for industry members to meet and network with corporate and government officials who share similar interests.
    • Able to take away details regarding business and partnership opportunities.

    Sponsorship & Advertising

    Borak Arts Series sponsorship and advertising opportunities provide you an avenue to join the vision of promoting sustainability in performing arts, whilst giving you a platform to ensure an enhanced presence for your organisation in such iconic initiatives.

    While each sponsorship package varies, benefits may include program, website, or onsite name/logo recognition on all collaterals, program booklet advertisement, bags inserts and more. For more information of the full range of properties and benefits, please contact Fauzia Sultan at .

  • Speakers
    Come join creative practitioners, business leaders, curators and artists in the performing arts industry conference and find solutions to current and emerging issues of funding and mobility in the Malaysian performing arts industry at the Borak Arts Series 2014 – Building Knowledge Capacity in Funding and Mobility on 22 -23 November 2014.

    Confirmed Speakers Include:

    • Meera Sivasothy | Presenter and Producer | The Bigger Picture BFM89.9

    • Valentina Riccardi | Project Manager | culture360 Asia-Europe Foundation (Singapore

    • Datin Marion D’Cruz | Co-Founder | Five Arts Centre (Malaysia)

    • Hamdan Abdul Majeed | Executive Director | Think City (Malaysia)

    • Gareth Farry | Aotearoa New Zealand Arts Manager | British Council New Zealand

    • Terence Conrad | Director | TerryandtheCuz Productions (Malaysia)

    • Anupama Sekhar | Deputy Director | Culture Department | Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) (Singapore)

    • Yohann Floch | Coordinator FACE - Fresh Arts Coalition Europe | Member- On The Move (Belgium)

    • Jean-Yves Coffre | Board member - Res Artis | Director – Centre D’Art Marnay Art Centre (France)

    • Monica Turner | Project Officer, Culture | Asia New Zealand Foundation (New Zealand)

    • Taneo Kato | Executive Director | Association for Corporate Support of the Arts (Japan)

    • Grey Yeoh | Arts Manager | British Council (Malaysia)

    • Umapagan Ampikaipakan | Presenter | BFM (Malaysia)

    • Samuel Seow | Managing Director | Samuel Seow Law Corporation (Singapore)

    • Katelijn Verstraete | Regional Director Arts and Creative Industries East Asia | British Council (Singapore)

    • Suryani Senja Alias | Managing Director | CULT (Malaysia)

    • Bilqis Hijjas | President/ Programme Director | MyDance Alliance/ Rimbun Dahan (Malaysia)

  • Conference Schedule: Day 1

    Venue: Black Box and White Box, Publika


    Day One: Saturday, November 22, 2014
    09:00 Registration & Info Desk
    09:45 Welcome Remarks - Ms. Izan Satrina, Founder & Director of My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA).

    10:00 Opening Performance 
    • Steven Goh - Founder, Youth Studio of Dance and the JS Dance Theatre
    • Farah Shikeen Roslam - Artiste, National Department for Culture & Arts
    • Lee Dong Won - Choreographer, Dancer, Arzid Modern Dance Company, One Dance Project
    10:25 Opening Remarks
    YBhg Datuk Norliza Rofli
    Director General - National Department for Culture & Arts
    10:40 Keynote Address 1
    Norliza Kamaruddin
    Group Strategic Communications Division Senior General Manager - PETRONAS
    11:20 Session I:

    How do we start quantifying the goodness of culture? We have multiple stakeholders - funders, audiences, organisations, talents - each with their own values, and different in needs. In view of this, more and more institutions are waking up to the need for more holistic attempts to measure value in the cultural sector. How is this value perceived in the socio-political and economic context?

    • Moderated by Meera Sivasothy
      Presenter and Producer, The Bigger Picture - BFM89.9
    • YBhg Datin Marion D’Cruz
      Co-Founder - Five Arts Centre (Malaysia)
    • Hamdan Abdul Majeed
      Executive Director - Think City (Malaysia)
    • Taneo Kato
      Executive Director - Association for Corporate Support of the Arts KMK (Japan)
      12:30 Break & Lunch
      14:00 Performance 2 
      Kumar Karthigesu
      Sitar artist, composer, arranger, producer and teacher
      14:10 Pecha Kucha | Country Update
      Gareth Farry
      Aotearoa New Zealand Arts Manager - British Council (New Zealand)
      14:20 Session 2:

      We believe that encouraging cultural cooperation and fostering the mobility of artists are necessary, and the motivations for the support lie in the growing importance of culture and cultural mobility in international policies.

      What kind of useful fund information is out there? Find out information about the funds related to the international market / Asian region, which can enable overseas and in co-operation / collaboration to take place.
      • Moderated by Terence Conrad
        Director, TerryandtheCuz Productions (Malaysia)
      • Yohann Floch
        Coordinator FACE (Fresh Arts Coalition Europe), Member- On The Move (Belgium)
      • Jean-Yves Coffre
        Board member - Res Artis, Director – Centre D’Art Marnay Art Centre (France)
      • Monica Turner
        Project Officer, Culture - Asia New Zealand Foundation (New Zealand)
      • Masaya Shimoyama
        Managing Director - The Japan Foundation Asia Center (Japan)
      • Valentina Riccardi
        Project Manager - ASEF Culture360 (Singapore)
        16:00 Break for Turnover
        16:30 Session III:
        Samuel Seow
        Managing Director - Samuel Seow Law Corporation (Singapore)

        Pang Khee Teik
        Founder - The Special Bunch (Malaysia)

        18:00 End of Day 1
        Delegates are invited to attend Malaysia International Performing Arts Festival (MIPAF)
      • Conference Schedule: Day 2

        Venue: Black Box and White Box, Publika

        Day Two: Sunday November 23, 2014
        09:00 Info Desk
        10:30 Performance 3
        Adult Child / Dead Child
        10:45 Special Session 1:

        • Taneo Kato
          Executive Director - Association for Corporate Support of the Arts KMK (Japan)
        • Yasuko Ogiwara
          Executive Secretary - Association for Corporate Support of the Arts KMK (Japan)
        11:30 Session IV:

        What does networking suggest? Are networking platforms an avenue for fund searching or a great excuse for a break? Or are networking activities a vital and increasingly accepted part of the professional development of artists?

        • Moderated by Grey Yeoh
          Arts Manager - British Council (Malaysia)
        • Hiromi Maruoka
          President PARC - Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication
          Director -TPAM-Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (Japan)
        • Claire Mooryng Sung
          Programme Director - Daejeon Arts Center (Korea)
        • Yohann Floch
          Coordinator - FACE (Fresh Arts Coalition Europe) (France)
        12:30 Break & Lunch
        14:00 Performance 4
        Ashtapadi – Kuruyadunandan
        January Low Odissi Artiste
        14:10 Pecha Kucha | City Update
        Mohd Jayzuan - Founder - Projek Rabak 
        14:20 Session V:

        Management models and leadership approaches are constantly changing but is there a right answer when it comes down to it? What role do cultural entrepreneurs play today in the leadership of culture and how do they bring about innovation?

        • Moderated by Umapagan Ampikaipakan
          Presenter - BFM 89.9 (Malaysia)
        • Samuel Seow
          Managing Director - Samuel Seow Law Corporation (Singapore)
        • Masanori Okuno
          On-PAM - Open Network for Performing Arts Management, precog (Japan)
        • Nori Abdullah
          Chairman - Budi Penyayang Foundation (Malaysia)
              15.30 Break for Turnover

              Session Vi: Round Table Sessions

              Get all the information you need about specific funders/partners at the Round Table Sessions. Hosted by MyPAA Founders Izan Satrina and Brian Johnson Lowe, each round table session lasts 20minutes and offers a great opportunity to find out all the nitty gritty about applying for these funds or collaborating with these partners. You'll get practical advise on tricky things like applying for development grants, upgrading skills as well as have an opportunity to chat with other arts leaders from around the world

              Booking for a table is essential.

              • Table 1: Royal Arts Gala Fund
                My Performing Arts Agency (Malaysia)
              • Table 2: Social Enterprise Fund
                Ministry of Finance (Malaysia)
              • Table 3: Funding for NGOs 
                Bahagian Dasar Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Malaysia)
              • Table 4: Investing in Creative Companies / Loans / Revolving Credit 
                MyCreative Ventures (Malaysia)
              • Table 5: Mobility 
                Asia Europe Foundation (Singapore) and On The Move (Belgium)
              • Table 6: Residencies 
                Res Artis (France) and Rimbun Dahan (Malaysia)
              • Table 7: Crowdfunding 
                Pitch In (Malaysia)
              • Table 8: Collaborating with New Zealand 
                Asia New Zealand Foundation and British Council New Zealand
              • Table 9: Asia Centre 
                Japan Foundation (Japan)
              • Table 10: Arts Programming 
                Daejon Arts and Culture Centre(Korea)
              Closing Remarks - Brian Johnson Lowe, Co Founder and Strategic Superhero of My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA)
              17:40 Performance 5
              Celebrating Malaysian Traditions
              National Department for Culture and Arts Artistes and Kompleks Budaya Negara Artistes.
              End of Conference
            • Tickets and Admissions

              Conference ticket purchase

              Tickets for Borak Arts Series 2014, Building Knowledge Capacity in Funding and Mobility, November 22 - 23 2014 is on sale at Seats are limited so hurry!


              Early Bird Ticket (until 4th November)
              RM 88 - MyKad Holder
              RM 108 - Non MyKad Holder

              Normal Tickets (from 5th November onwards)
              RM 108 - MyKad Holder
              RM 148 - Non MyKad Holder

              Each ticket includes attendance to the 2-day conference, lunch and tea breaks.

              Free admission for Arts Live Festival and Events (ALIFE) Association Members.