The Borak Arts Series 2013

The Borak Arts Series 2013

15 JUNE 2013, KUALA LUMPUR – After the success of the Karnival Seni Kreatif Kita 2013 in Pasir Gudang, Johor last month, My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA) in collaboration with the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) organised another arts initiatives that paved the way for new opportunities and platforms to inspire, educate and energise the arts community.

Held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre from 15 to 16 June 2013, the Borak Arts Series — Breaking Boundaries featured key leaders in the arts and business including artists, curators, critics and other thinkers of national and international standing, coming together to explore these questions. With the theme of “Building Sustainability in Arts”, the Borak Arts Series provided a platform for attendees to learn about new projects and best practices from the creators and producers themselves. The conference also presented a gateway for the collaboration between the practitioners, the public and the private sectors. On the other hand, industry players were able to share their insights and experiences on past projects and learnings and provide their input on what works and what doesn’t in the business of the performing arts.

The conference began with a welcome remark by Ms. Izan Satrina Mohd. Sallehuddin, Founder and Director of MyPAA, which was followed by an opening address by the Director-General of the National Department of Culture and Arts (JKKN), Y.Bhg. Datuk Norliza Rofli. Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. Ong Hong Peng, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture gave the first keynote address on “The Big Picture of Malaysian Arts and Culture”. Other speakers from the two-day conference also included Mr. Jung Jae-wal, President of Korea Arts Management Service, Ms. Collette Brennan of Australia Council for the Arts, Pn. Yatela Zainal Abidin of Yayasan Sime Darby, Mr. Pun Kai Loon of Dama Orchestra, Dr. Joseph Gonzales of ASWARA Dance Company, Mr. Phillip Gleeson of Strange Fruit Australia, Ms. Mio Yachita of The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Hans Isaac of Tall Order Productions, Y.Bhg. Datin Sofia Jane Dato’ Azman and many more totalling up to 55 speakers.

Topics covered at the Borak Arts Series included a) how the arts changes countries, b) how the arts revitalises a city, c) a corporate persepctive on why the need to support the arts, d) creative entrepreneurship, e) content monetisation and more. From inspirational stories (ie. video recording by Mr. Farooq Chaudhry, renowned London-based producer of Akram Khan Company) to heated and enlightening dialogues, the conference provided an avenue for those directly and indirectly involved in the industry to express their concerns and discontentment, better understand how to create a product that sells and increases sustainability, and receive advice on procedures and tips, for instance pertaining to tax breaks or seeking sponsorship from corporate bodies.

Apart from the plenary sessions, highlights of the conference also included a Tea Networking session that discussed the following issues: a) international collaboration, b) youth engagement, c) arts support, d) understanding tax breaks, e) regulations, f) arts tourism, and g) production and commissioning pertaining to arts and culture. This session was done in an informal setting where participants were really able to delve into these topics with individuals who specializes in the respective areas, have personal discussions and take away details regarding business and partership opportunities.

“We are ecstatic that this maiden conference that focuses on building sustainability in the arts has come to life. Staying true to our mission, Borak Arts Series was intended to provide an opportunity to have powerful personal meetings and discussions to allow for quality relationships, and to meet and network with corporate and government officials who share similar interests. I think this objective was achieved today and it’s feels great to be able to present an avenue where different parties are able to congregate and dispel any unclarity, doubts or misconceptions for the sake of further developing the arts,” explained Ms. Izan Satrina.

The Borak Arts Series also saw an opening dance performance by the JKKN Cultural Group, monologues from “Parah” performed by Branavan Aruljothi and Gregory Sze, tunes by the Malaysia Ukelele Group, a makyung performance by Rosnan Abdul Rahman and the JKKN Cultural Group, and acapella performance by Caipifruta, the vocal quartet. The Borak Arts Series was one of such platforms and channels to help intensify MyPAA’s and JKKN’s educational efforts in developing the local arts industry. Due to the encouraging support, conference tickets were sold at an affordable fee of RM100/pax that included the two-day conference, lunch, refreshments, networking reception, Tea Networking session and delegate kit.

The Royal Arts Gala 2013

MyPAA is now gearing towards the second installment of The Royal Arts Gala that will be staged at the Istana Negara (Jalan Istana) in the last quarter of 2013. The Royal Arts Gala is an annual exclusive arts gala to raise funds and energise collaborative partnerships for the creation and development of new arts ventures in Malaysia. Highlights of the gala include a dazzling royal performance featuring the best local and international talents in the presence of the King and Queen of Malaysia. Corporate leaders and members of the elite can have the opportunity to entertain their distinguished clients and business partners at this exclusive royal evening amongst the country’s creative and corporate icons.

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About My Performing Arts Agency

A member of the International Society of Performing Arts, MyPAA is a privately owned arts agency with the express goal of supporting the continuing development of artistic and cultural efforts in Malaysia by bridging the gap between the public, private and performing arts sector due to the lack of dialogue between these three sectors.

Mahatma Gandhi’s “Be the Change That We Want To See” sets out very simply the mission statement of this agency. MyPAA aims to create an ecosystem that supports an environment for creative entrepreneurs, nurture a diverse and highly skilled arts workforce and increase the number of people experiencing the arts. For more information about MyPAA, visit mypaa.com.my or like us at facebook.com/myperformingartsagency.

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