Mekong Cultural Hub

Revealing Contexts

Part Two

The Cultural Worker
in Times of Social Change

A mini-Meeting Point on
Art & Social Action in Asia
July 17, 2021

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A mini-Meeting Point on
Art & Social Action in Asia
July 17, 2021

In May 2021, MCH, with AAM and more than 10 other partners organised Revealing Contexts: A Meeting Point on Art and Social Action in Asia. Over 3 days – 40 artists and cultural workers shared new work and exchanged ideas and experiences, with nearly 300 participants, from over 20 countries in Asia. At the same time, 8 local gatherings were going on in 6 countries – with MCH fellows facilitating workshops and conferences in their communities on the Revealing Contexts theme.

Due to an acceleration in transmission of COVID 19 in several countries around the region, a number of programs originally planned for May 20-22nd had to be put on hold.

Therefore, on July 17th, MCH invites you to reconvene with us for a one-day program. We will return to the topic of art and social action in Asia and reflect on the status of the cultural worker in times of social change. This concern emerged from the conversations in May, and will be brought to life through a series of creative actions, local gatherings and virtual discussions, devised and delivered by MCH Fellows. 

Local GatheringsParallel meetings at local level. Talking and working on issues of arts and social action relevant to your community. Virtual
Meeting Point
Connecting local dialoques at a regional level via an online platform.
Asia-Asia
Connections
Finding common points and initiating joint actions.
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Agenda

All Times UTC +7 (Bangkok)

Virtualmini-Meeting Point
TIME PROGRAMS
Join us HERE
11:30 – 12:45 EAt/ EAst/ rEvEAl
12:50-13:00 mini-Meeting Point – WELCOME
13:00 – 14:30 Are you feeling ghost-like?
14:45 – 16:20 Meet the SEA*5:
Our work on-land and on-line in 2021
16:35 – 18:20 The 5R Action Points for Creative Responders – Interactive Forum:
Resilience, Readiness, Respond, Recover and Reimagine
18:20 – 18:45 SEA*5 Presents:
Music performance from Cambodia
18:45 – 19:00 Screening: Making Connections
by Ming-Jiun Tsai and Jerome Wang

Asia-Asia Connections
DATE TIME ONLINE PROGRAMS
The timetable summarizes all Asia-Asia sessions accessible online
See the Programs section for full information including those taking place in person
July 16 19:00 – 21:00 The Living Room
Location: Chiang mai / Chiang rai / Bangkok / Nakornprathom, Thailand
Language(s): Thai
Join online HERE
July 17 6:30 – 7:00 Walking on edge of The Citadel
Location: Hue City, Vietnam
Language(s): Vietnamese + English
Join online HERE
July 17 9:00 – 18:00 Equity Begins at School
Location: Nan, Thailand
Language(s): Thai + English
Join online HERE
July 17 9:30 – 14:30 Dialogues with Mountains – Cultural lives Sharing of Bali and Taromak
Location: Taipei and Taitung in Taiwan, Kelecung in Bali in Indonesia”
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese
Join online HERE
July 17 13:00 – 14:30 From Fear to Resilience: Artists Amid the Pandemic
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Language(s): English
Join online HERE
July 17 14:35 – 14:40 Cyclo
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Language(s): Khmer
Join online on FACEBOOK or YOUTUBE
July 17 14:45 – 16:15 Cultural appropriation
Location: Online, Vietnam
Language(s): Vietnamese
Join online HERE
July 17 15:00 – 15:30 Fragment of history
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Language(s): Intro in English, the rest in Vietnamese
Join online: the tour will be livestreamed on FACEBOOK
July 17 17:00 – 19:00 The Living Room
Location: Chiang mai / Chiang rai / Bangkok / Nakornprathom, Thailand
Language(s): Thai + English
Join online: HERE
July 17 17:00 – 17:20 Gender Issue Kidnapping woman to be wife
Location: Vientiane, Laos
Language(s): H’mong language with English subtitle
Join online HERE
July 17 18:30 – 20:30 Local Gathering: Inspired by wildlife
Location: Hanoi, Singapore, the UK
Language(s): Vietnamese + English
Join online HERE
July 17 18:30 – 21:30 What Is -What Might -What If
Location: Bangalore/Mumbai/Goa/Mangalore/Pune/Kolkata/some other places, India
Language(s): English
Join online HERE
July 17 19:00 – 20:00 Sapporo Gathering Special Program:
Worker’s Compensation for the Artists – A Night-Talk with Shirotama

Location: Sapporo (Hokkaido), Japan
Language(s): English with Japanese Translation
Join online: HERE

Programs

Click the section title to discover full details of the sessions included in that program

EAt / EAst / rEvEAlCollective action

How can you experience an unfamiliar food from a foreign place when you cannot taste or smell it? Can you introduce a new friend to a favourite local dish of yours and get them to understand why you love it so much, when you cannot sit physically with them in your home or in the restaurant? Let’s find out!

Food is an essential aspect of our everyday lives. The behavior of “eating” and what we eat is a mirror that reflects the climate, the culture, and the local politics and economy of where we are based. It is a way we connect with friends and family, and a way we take care of ourselves when we are suffering and a way we celebrate meaningful occasions. When the world is divided by COVID-19, an act of sharing a local context online would be the energy of mutual understanding and encouragement to overcome daily difficulties.

From 11.30am – 12:45pm (UTC+7) on July 17, Tran Luong invites you to drop in to our virtual dining room and chew, crunch and slurp online – while opening your eyes and ears and to sense the taste of your neighbours. We will have friends from more than 20 locations online, ready to share their local dishes with you – and we welcome more to come along! If you have a food that means something to you and you want to share it too, please REGISTER HERE so we can send you directions on what to prepare and what to expect in the dining room. If you don’t want to eat, you will be able to follow the livestream online. Follow us on @EAt.EAst.rEvEAl Facebook Page for updates.

LEAD ARTIST, CURATOR

COORDINATOR

Are you feeling ghost-like?

Are you feeling ghost-like? – On interpreting online exchange

Moderated by Dian Ika Gesuri, the three speakers, Fiona, Grace and Sumitra will attempt unpack the idea of ghosts in virtual spaces and to reflect on the nature and quality of exchanges we are really experiencing online.

To open the session, Grace will share a visual diary, Sumitra a performative recitation and Fiona, a multi-media letter. These offerings (30 minutes) represent their individual responses to their experiences as Creative Interpreters for the Curated Conferences organised by MCH from November 2020 until the Meeting Point May 2021.

Although the three Interpreters are very different people, with different professional backgrounds, and each joined a different conference – they found common threads woven through their reactions and interpretations of taking part in these online exchanges, especially the sensation of feeling like a ghost in an online space. It is these experiences that they want to bring for further exploration and discussion in this part of the session (60 minutes). By talking openly about the online medium, maybe we can find better approaches to virtual exchange.

If you have ever struggled in an online space, or are yourself organising virtual exchanges, this should be a great session for you!

MODERATOR

CREATIVE INTERPRETERS

SEA*5 Creative Responders
SEA*5 CREATIVE RESPONDERS:
BUILDING A NETWORK OF CREATIVE RESPONDERS IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

Click on each section to learn more

Part 1: Meet the SEA*514:45 – 16:20

In the first part of the program, meet the five founding members of SEA*5. Their aim is to help build a network of Creative Responders across the Southeast Asian region and the Global South. During 2021, they have been conducting locally-engaged creative-artistic actions on-land and using this practical experience to develop shared principles and approaches for building the network on-line. After introducing themselves and the SEA*5 concept, they will share pilot projects they have been conducting during 2021:

Art in Response of Crisis, 1000 Praying Cranes – Zun, Myanmar

Artist and art therapist Zun Ei from Myanmar believes in art to realign the body and the mind from unbearable situations through mindful practices to help strengthen resilience – “to survive is not easy, but the conflict brings more challenges to people and artists to speak up”. 

Creative Upcycling and Social Enterprise Towards A Sustainable Planet – Joanne, Malaysia

In the global environmental crisis where collective community effort is key to building a sustainable planet, Architect-Urbanist Joanne Mun advocates for creative upcycling as a way to minimise landfill. Together with YWCA KL in Malaysia, the initiative addresses the impact human activities have on the environment, and encourages society to experiment and reimage viable solutions to give waste a second life.

Sustainable Travel & Mindful to Nature – Samnang, Cambodia

Creative Producer Heng Samnang from Cambodia believes in adaptation to survive, including to be kind with mother earth. Creating eco-friendly consumer behavior is an attitude towards the solution, especially during this unforeseen situation.

Creative recovery reflection and community capacity building workshop – R’az, Philippines

Philippines artist-activist Raz Salvarita facilitates creative recovery programme through Baryo Balangaw Creative Initiatives – his brain-child organization that is a communication tool to help bring a sense of contentment even in the direst situation and pushes an energy of joy through creative expressions and social entrepreneurship. 

Resilience inwards and outwards through film – Nadya, Indonesia

In the archipelagic state of Indonesia with its many islands spread all over and having different situation and accessibility, film distributor Gayatri Nadya has utilized film as a tool for engagements with recent issues and context and has taken opportunities on how to distribute content as in-person screening is not allowed and technology hasn’t reached remote villages; but to keep the sanity of the people, fluidity in innovation is one of the keys to keep content distribution alive. 

Part 2: The 5R Action Points for Creative Responders – Interactive Forum16:35-18:20

In the second part of the program, the SEA*5 founding members would like to discuss the 5R’s – their guiding principles for the Creative Responders network: Resilience, Readiness, Respond, Recover and Reimagine that reflect their collective values on how to act, react and respond within the community through art and creative process. Based on hurdles they have faced while trying to follow these principles on the ground – from lockdown, to internet challenges, to the crisis in Myanmar – the SEA*5 have been testing their definitions of the 5Rs, and have come up with some questions that they would like to explore with the Meeting Point network:

  • ** How to re-imagine ways to approach finding resources and creating solutions to keep active during the COVID 19 outbreak?
  • ** When do vulnerability and resilience gain strength together? How can resilience become a way of being?
  • ** Does creative power become stronger when a country (Myanmar) is in crisis?
  • ** How are ordinary people extraordinary during a crisis?
  • ** Creative and financial stability – how to survive and strive at the same time?

Some discussion will take place in small groups, and there will also be an open-forum at the end for anyone who wants to share ideas and ask other questions.

Please join the dialogue!

Part 3: SEA*5 Presents: Music performance from Cambodia18:20 – 18:45

The SEA*5 members will conclude their program with a musical performance led by Sokim, of Friend Music School, Cambodia. In the words of Sokim, “music is not only for entertainment, but it is the spirit, the culture of a group, and the most important human heritage linked with the history of a society.” 

SEA*5 hopes that we build on a network to help carry on the work for a sustainable future.


About PROJECT SEA*5

Resilience, Readiness, Respond, Recover and Reimagine” are among the 5R’s highlighted on Project SEA*5 – a recent initiative of locally-engaged creative-artistic actions spearheaded by five alumni members of the SEA△ Programme from the Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Their aim is to help build a network of Creative Responders across the Southeast Asian region and the Global South.

INITIATIVES | Project SEA*5 kickstarted the program with five Onland arts and cultural projects in South East Asia, working alongside local cultural practitioners and creative communities.

  • Creative Upcycling and Social Enterprise towards a Sustainable Planet | Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA
  • Art Responds to Crisis | Yangon MYANMAR
  • Resilience Inwards and Outwards through Films | Jakarta INDONESIA
  • Sustainable Travel for Low/Zero Waste Essential and Mindful to Nature | Phnom Penh CAMBODIA
  • Workshop x Docufilm with Balangaw Women Farm Fork Artists | Lambunao PHILIPPINES

PROJECT SEA*5 | Contacts

Official Email projectsea5.team@gmail.com
Official Website https://projectsea5.org
FB https://www.facebook.com/ProjectSEA5
IG https://instagram.com/projectsea5

Asia-Asia Connections

Starting from the prompt of ‘revealing contexts’, 27 MCH Fellows are curating and delivering live programs as part of this meeting point. On July 17th, 19 organisers from 26+ cities, are gathering people to discuss topics as diverse as mountain culture, self-care and mutual aid for cultural workers, inequality in education in Thailand, and art and the illicit wildlife trade in Vietnam. 

Meanwhile, MCH’s Regional Representatives, have been working with artist Tran Luong, and assistant Le Thuan Uyen, to devise creative actions to be undertaken in their local communities – with the aim of revealing local contexts and provoking reflection and discussion. From dancing on a cyclo to Phnom Penh, to performing a Buddhist ritual using natural materials in Luang Prabang, the Reps use culture as a way to connect and to question where we are now and what it means for where we are going. 

Please see below for an overview of all the programs by country, and check the timetable at the top of the page for a quick summary of those you can join online.

Cambodia (1)

Cyclo by Sok Serey (SEREY) and Soy Chanborey (Borey)

Date:  14:35 – 14:40 July 17
Location: Phnom Penh
Language(s): Khmer
Event Type: Online
Participation: Open
Registration: Required

Rapper, Serey and Dancer, Borey, connect with cyclo (rickshaw) drivers, and meet Tuk-Tuk and Grab drivers, to explore the socio-economic effects of COVID 19 on their lives and livelihoods.

More information: click HERE

India (1)

What Is -What Might -What If by Sudebi Thakurata, Probal Banerjee

Time & Date: 18:30 – 21:30 July 17
Location: Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Pune, Kolkata and some other places
Language(s): English
Event Type: Online via Zoom
Participation: Some sessions are open to the public – online
Registration: No

What do future competency and fluency mean in the arts and creative sectors? In a VUCA Pandemic affected world, how do creative practitioners hone the relevant skills? Can the creative economy be separated from social action? In this highly engaging, reflective, provocative, facilitated, immersive and dialogic set of workshops we would open up possibilities of people to reflect on their own experiences, identify where the gaps are and share perspectives around how collective action can be taken to be future-ready. The key narratives, learnings and findings would be co-created and disseminated with relevant people across many regions.

More information: CLICK HERE

Indonesia (1)

<Dialogues with Mountains – Cultural lives Sharing of Bali and Taromak> by Kao Chieh (Gordon), Chang Juny, Zheng Fly

Time & Date: 9:30 – 14:30 July 17
Location: Taipei and Taitung in Taiwan, and Kelecung in Bali
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese
Event Type: Online
Participation: Open
Registration: Required

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” Aniek and Li-Yuan, two significant local people from Bali and Taitung, will bring us to experience their unique cultural lives with mountains through sharing sessions and live coverage of tribal tour. On this day, we will learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage – Subak, and sustainable travel in Kelecung, Bali, Indonesia. What’s more, the distinctive tribal culture and mysterious aboriginal life in the mountains in Taromak, Taitung County, Taiwan, will be revealed to us.

More information: CLICK HERE

Japan (1)

Sapporo Gathering Special Program:
Worker’s Compensation for the Artists – A Night-Talk with Shirotama

Time & Date: 19:00 – 20:00 July 17
Location: Hokkaido (Sapporo)
Language(s): English with Japanese Translation
Event Type: Both in person and online via Zoom
Participation: Some sessions are open to the public – online
Registration: Here

What happens to artists if they injure themselves and can no longer work? What can you do if that injury was caused by your colleague? Artists in many countries have been fighting for their basic rights as a worker, and a worker’s compensation and insurance for the damages caused by work-related incidents is one of them. In this session, a Sapporo-based theater artist Hitsujiya Shirotama will introduce worker’s compensation program in Japan that recently included freelance artists. We will also welcome Min Jinkyung of Hokkaido University of Education to talk about Korea’s “Artists Welfare Act”, and another Special Guest, Megumi Morisaki, Chairman of Nationwide Center for ArtsWorkers’ Accident Compensation Insurance, and together we will discuss artistic activities, worker’s rights and how we can sustain our lives as a cultural practitioner. 

This session will be hosted from the UNTAPPED HOSTEL in Sapporo, a hub for creative people visiting from around the world.

More information: click HERE

Laos (2)

Plastic in the Buddhist ritual by Keosomsak Phonepaseth (Freddy)

Date: July 17
Location: Vat Pa Fang Temple, Luang Prabang
Language(s): Laos + English
Event Type: Both in person and online
Participation: All parts of the action are open to the public – in person
Registration: No

1. question
How to reduce the use of plastics in Buddhist ritual?
2. objectives
– To create experience to the local people
– To create participation of local people to be motivated to think of many aspects.
3. action
This activity will be happening on real site and collaborated with Master Monk at Vat Pa Fang Temple, and local people will join too, this activity is called “offer food for the Monks” (Lunch set), it is the one of the Buddhist ritual. This activity will be reuse of the local material for set up lunch set, for example using bamboo basket, creating banana leave cup for food and make real flower décor offering. this will create experience for local people, and they can be used. then take video record and photos for post on Facebook page ‘Town of Luang Prabang We Want‘ and talk with new generation in club house by topic for open-ended questions.

More information: CLICK HERE

Gender Issue Kidnapping woman to be wife by Khampalian NENGMONGVANG (Pia)

Date: July 17th, 17:00 – 17:20
Location: Vientiane
Language(s): H’mong language with English subtitle
Event Type: In person and online
Participation: Open to the public – online
Registration: Required

Khampalian Nengmongvang (Pia), our Regional Representative from Laos, will invite you to watch a documentary which results from the discussion between two groups of 5 men and 5 women who participate in her project. The participants watch a video on the custom “Kidnaping woman to be wife” of the H’mong people in Laos, and then discuss the four following questions:

  • How do you feel after watching this video?
  • If you were the woman who is kidnaped, how would you feel?
  • If you were the woman who is kidnaped, how could you help yourself?
  • If that woman were your sister/daughter, how could you help her?

A video summarizes the helping ways learnt from this discussion will be posted on Facebook and YouTube on July 17th

More information: CLICK HERE

Malaysia (1)

Meeting Ground by Ren Xin, Rupa

Time & Date: 15:45 July 17
Location: Klang Valley
Language(s): English
Event Type: Online
Participation: Close event
Registration: Invitation only

Folks holding space in various communities are invited into spaces of articulation, expression, and needs – vital for the backstage in their public roles.

What does it mean to feel truly supported? So that movements can thrive beyond sustaining; the spiritual connection of one’s practice; feminist ways of practice; on allowing and taking space, and alignment.

How can we tap into greater agency within and amongst ourselves, and find a symbiosis state for communal work?

More information: CLICK HERE

Taiwan (5)

<Dialogues with Mountains – Cultural lives Sharing of Bali and Taromak> by Kao Chieh (Gordon), Chang Juny, Zheng Fly

Time & Date: 9:30 – 14:30 July 17
Location: Taipei and Taitung in Taiwan, and Kelecung in Bali
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese
Event Type: Online
Participation: Open
Registration: Required

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” Aniek and Li-Yuan, two significant local people from Bali and Taitung, will bring us to experience their unique cultural lives with mountains through sharing sessions and live coverage of tribal tour. On this day, we will learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage – Subak, and sustainable travel in Kelecung, Bali, Indonesia. What’s more, the distinctive tribal culture and mysterious aboriginal life in the mountains in Taromak, Taitung County, Taiwan, will be revealed to us.

More information: CLICK HERE

Myth, Legend, and History: Stories from Our Homes by GOH-Migrants by The Garden of Hope Foundation, National Taiwan Museum,
Speaker: Hsuwen (Emily) Yuan

Time & Date: 9:00 – 14:30 July 17
Location: Taipei
Language(s): English
Event Type: Online
Participation: Close event
Registration: Invitation only

Inviting students from South-East Asian countries in Taiwan to gather with Garden of Hope and National Taiwan Museum and have a light discussion session about culture and history from their home countries. The main purpose is to explore the growing experiences respectively, the differences between culture and tradition, their backgrounds, and how the education system plays a critical role in developing people’s way of thinking. Through this gathering we hope to reveal the context and raise awareness of cultural diversity.

More information: CLICK HERE

Making Connection – Speed Quiz by Tsai Ming-Jiun and Jerome Wang

Date: between 28/June to 4/July
Location: Taichung, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, Tainan and Mekong Region
Language(s): Chinese Mandarin + English
Event Type: Online via Zoom
Participation: Close event
Registration: Invitation only

Tsai Ming-Jiun and Jerome Wang will invite participants to play a “Speed Quiz”. It will only take 3 minutes, and we’ll find out more about Taiwan, the Mekong regions and each other.

Making Connection – “Coffee, Tea or ( )?” by Jerome Wang, Tsai Ming-Jiun

Time & Date: 10:45 July 17
Location: Taipei & Taichung
Language(s): Chinese Mandarin + English
Event Type: Online
Participation: Open
Registration: No

Video screening: Jerome and Ming-Jiun will merge the Making Connection-“Speed Quiz” record with Making Connection-“Coffee, Tea or ( )?” to become one short video about 14mins long.

Planting Trees for Shades in the Future by Tsai Ming-Jiun

Time & Date: 10:45 July 17
Location: Online
Language(s): to be updated
Event Type: Online
Participation: Closed event
Registration: Invitation only

As a continuation of the symposium & workshop in Arts of Coming Down to Earth by Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, Margaret Shiu and Ming-Jiun Tsai for ‘Taipei Biennial 2020’. Planting Trees for Shades in the Future is a collaborative art action that intends to invite art practitioners and institutions to be partners taking actions for decreasing our carbon footprint in the art field in order to create a more sustainable environment in the future. The title is inspired by a proverb ‘One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade’, and the project is hosted by Ming-Jiun Tsai, with support from Margaret Shiu and Eva Lin from the art field as well as environmental engineers Vincent Chen and Huang Wei-Cheng.

Thailand (3)

From Fear to Resilience: Artists Amid the Pandemic by SEA Junction, Jirapathomsakul Lattapol

Time & Date: 13:00 – 14:30 July 17
Location: Bangkok
Language(s): English
Event Type: Zoom & Facebook Live
Participation: Open
Registration: Required

To highlight the challenges, resilience and roles of artists, SEA Junction will hold a panel discussion on how artists in Southeast Asia, especially those in performing arts, have been affected and become resilient in creating their works during the pandemic. It will also go into how they have been touching on the COVID-19 and social issues through their works.

More information: CLICK HERE

The Living Room by Suksopha Monthatip, ThaiHealthFoundation / Department of Cultural Promotion (DCP)

Time & Date: 19:00 – 21:00 July 16 and 17:00 – 19:00 July 17
Location: Chiangmai / Chiangrai/ Bangkok/Nakornprathom/ Puttalung/ etc.
Language(s): Thai
Event Type: Both in person and online via Zoom
Participation: Open
Registration: No

During July, 40 artists are making creative work after reading the same text – a book written by a Thai national artist.

19.00 – 21.00 July 16: They will exchange with one another during the process and on July 16th there is a public showcase of their work.

16.30 – 18.00, July 17 : Following the showcase on the 16th, on July 17th excerpts of selected work will be screened and there will be a panel between the organiser and some of the artists involved

More information: CLICK HERE

Equity Starts at School : Seminar and Workshop by Seepuan Jump Tassakorn, Unidentified Theatre

Time & Date: 9:00 – 18:00 July 17
Location: Nan
Language(s): Thai + English
Event Type: Both in person and online
Participation: Some sessions are open to the public – online
Registration: Required

This seminar and workshop will open an area for local habitants in Nan, educational experts, teachers and students to discuss and exchange attitudes toward inequality and critical structural issues in Thailand’s education system and also explore a method to reduce inequality and create an efficient and democratic classroom by an element of arts. The event will be held during the whole day: lectures and discussions from our panelists and in person workshop.

More information: CLICK HERE

USA (1)

Listen! The sound of artistic practice in the Mekong region by Hong Grace

Time & Date: 22:00 July 17
Location: Astoria, New York City
Language(s): English
Event Type: In person only
Participation: Close event
Registration: Invitation only

Join a lively discussion with New York-based art professionals about artistic practice in the Mekong region. Taking the Virtual Meeting Point as a springboard, participants will listen in on selected sessions, then share their observations and personal experiences with each other, with the goal of finding new methods to deepen community outreach or facilitate socially-engaged art practices.

More information: CLICK HERE

Vietnam (4)

ART TALK: INSPIRED BY WILDLIFE | Looking at Vietnam’s illicit wildlife trade through the lens of the arts by Nguyen Duong, Lampard Ashley

Time & Date: 18:30 – 20:30 July 17
Location: Hanoi, Singapore, the UK
Language(s): Vietnamese + English
Event Type: Online
Participation: Open
Registration: click HERE

The guests of our art talk (artist Dao Van Hoang, Sofiya and photographer Hoang Le) will accompany Nguyen Thuy Duong, regional representative of Mekong Cultural Hub and Ashley Lampard, freelance journalist to share experiences, lessons and inspirations from their work promoting activities on wildlife conservation.

More information: CLICK HERE

Fragment of history by Nguyen Thuy Duong

Time & Date: 15:00 – 15:30 July 17
Location: Hanoi
Language(s): Intro in English, the rest in Vietnamese
Event Type: Online
Participation: the event will be livestreamed on Facebook
Registration: No

Duong will be the guide in this livestream video, taking everyone to Lộc Vàng’s house, who was imprisoned for singing Yellow music. Before going into his house, she will briefly introduce this character and walk with him along the banks of the Red River. She will end the action with a brief introduction to the problems that the Red River region is facing.

More information: CLICK HERE

Project Edge of the Citadel – Phase 1 by Mo Do, Then cafe

Time & Date: starts from 6:30, July 17
Location: Huế City
Language(s): Vietnamese + English
Event Type: Online tour via Zoom and In person discussion
Participation: Some sessions are open to the public – online
Registration: No

The event is apart of ‘Project Edge of the Citadel – Phase 1’ – a wandering journey, a meeting, a conversation between artists and the people living along the walls – the ones who were relocated as part of the site clearance project for the conservation of the Citadel.

Part 1: ‘Walking on edge of The Citadel’
Time: 6:30 – 7:00
MCH Regional Representative from Vietnam, Mai Nguyen will invite you on a 30-minute online walking tour along the Bo Thanh area, Hue city, Vietnam. There are 4000 family will be relocated from the Citadel wall in 2019 – 2025. The trip will visit in improvisation some families and their vegetable gardens to listen to their condition and expectations in this relocation.

Part 2: Edge of the Citadel Wandering and Discussion
Time: starts at 8:00
The second part of the program is an in-person discussion among the project team members while they are wandering from cafés and beverage vendors along the walls and in the relocation area, Hương Sơ, Huế. The conversations will make space for stories about the relocation, heritage, history, culture, memories – the sites within which humans are located.

More information: Click HERE

Cultural appropriation by Barefoot Ventures

Time & Date: 14:45 – 16:15 July 17
Location: Online
Language(s): Vietnamese
Event Type: Online
Participation: Open
Registration: No

The boundaries of cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation are often very thin and unpredictable, so we wanted to create a discussion, share opinions and exchange different perspectives on cultural appropriation. We will invite 2 guest hosts to start the discussion and answer questions and concerns of the viewers. The main issues that will be raised in the dialogue are: Where does cultural appropriation come from? What is the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation? Is there a danger of stigmatizing cultural exchange?

More information: Click HERE

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