Join our event that will take you on a journey exploring the arts and cultural sectors of South East Asia.

Date: 22 – 25 November 2021
Every day from 9am UK time

The arts and culture sector in South East Asia is rich and diverse. The region is home to a fast-growing population that is young and digitally savvy. The median age is 30 and the digital economy in South East Asia has expanded threefold between 2015-2019 and represents 7 percent of the regions US$2.8 trillion GDP. This presents tremendous opportunities for collaboration in the arts and creative industries in terms of influencing policy, international market development and knowledge exchange.

Partner South East Asia is a series of online forums presented by the British Council that aims to provide participants with a better understanding and knowledge of the arts and culture ecosystems of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Who is the event for?

The event is aimed at UK and SEA arts and cultural professionals, academics, funders and government officials who are interested in connecting and collaborating with their respective counterparts.

We expect participants attending the event – 

  • To increase their knowledge of SEA arts and culture through SEA country briefings and thematic sessions
  • To develop new connections between SEA and UK arts and culture stakeholders through networking opportunities
  • To understand better the role of the British Council in facilitating UK-SEA relationships for the Arts and Culture sector and learn about future opportunities

The four-day online event will be in English with live captioning in the South East Asian languages and will include the following sessions: 

  • Opening session including a keynote speech on the potential of South East Asia’s creative economy followed by an artist panel discussion (75 mins)
  • Five dedicated country briefing sessions (90 mins each)
  • Three thematic sessions covering the creative economy, arts and inclusion and climate change and cultural rights (60 mins each)
  • Dedicated networking functions to meet counterparts for future collaborations (ongoing during the event)
  • Watch our showreels and discover artistic collaborations between artists and creative professionals from the UK and South East Asia
  • Over 70 inspiring speakers from the UK and South East Asia 

Programme schedule 

Time (UK) Time (ID) Session
09.00–10.15 (UK) 16.00 - 17.15 WIB Opening session: Partner South East Asia: Arts and Culture Matters
10.30–11.30 (UK) 17.30 - 18.30 WIB Thematic session 1: 
Creative Economy: How Networks Shape Creative Ecosystems

09.00–10.30 (UK) 16.00 - 17.30 WIB Indonesia: Beyond the Art of 'Nongkrong' 
10.45–12.15 (UK) 17.45 - 19.15 WIB Malaysia Now: Arts and Culture Mosaic
12.30–13.30 (UK) 19.30 - 20.30 WIB Thematic session 2:
Climate Change: What Does it Mean for Arts and Cultural Rights?

09.00–10.30 (UK)

16.00 - 17.30 WIB The Viet Nam Connections
10.45–12.15 (UK) 17.45 - 19.15 WIB Thailand: Arts for Change
12.30–13.30 (UK)

19.30 - 20.30 WIB Thematic session 3: Arts for All?
09.00–10.30 (UK) 16.00 - 17.30 The Philippines: Entry Points Between the Philippines and UK
10.45–11.45 (UK)

17.45 - 19.15 Live networking session: Connections That Count 

Networking and Country Pavilions will be available throughout the event.

How to register? 

The event will be on the Hopin platform and is free of charge. If you would like to attend, register your details using the register button below.  Once you click on the button please follow these steps:

Step 1: Select your ticket type (based on why you want to join the event)
Step 2: Go to ‘checkout’
Step 3: Complete the registration questions
Step 4: Go to ‘complete order’
Step 5: You will receive an email with your hopin link