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ASEF Unplugged – Phnom Penh

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Project Period:
16 Aug 2019
Royal University of Fine Arts

ASEF Unplugged: Conversations on the Arts in Asia and Europe

Why Should You Care About Cultural Policy?

Based on the mapping project conducted by the Mekong Cultural Hub with over 200 artists and cultural workers in the Mekong region in 2018, knowledge, understanding and interest in cultural policy are some of the key areas that need much improvement in the region. In the same study, artists revealed that they care deeply about the cultural diversity and identity of their respective countries. On a more practical level, concern for funding and international collaboration opportunities were unanimous. But why are so many artists & cultural workers uninterested in cultural policy? Why is there such disconnect between the issues they care about and cultural policy? Why should they care? How can they increase the influence & impact of their work on cultural policy?

In this 21st edition of ASEF Unplugged, a joint collaboration with Cambodian Living Arts, we gather 4 cultural professionals from the Mekong region from different fields of arts & culture. Join us for a stimulating conversation with these cultural practitioners as they share their experiences and explore how arts practitioners can shape or influence cultural policy, particularly in a region mired by bureaucracies that hinder meaningful dialogue between civil society and government.

When & Where:

Friday, 16 August 2019


Royal University of Fine Arts

Phnom Penh Cambodia 


Do Huu Chi (Viet Nam), community art educator/facilitator

Nwet Kay Khine (Myanmar), arts manager

Reaksmey Yean (Cambodia), academic

Souliya Phoumivong (Lao PDR), artist and educator



Fatima Avila, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

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Other related events:

ASEF Unplugged-Phnom Penh follows the first edition of  ASEF Roadschool, ASEF’s capacity-building/workshop series. This first training will be on the topic “Practical Approaches to Cultural Policy in the Mekong Region” on 14-15 Aug 2019 also in partnership with Cambodian Living Arts.


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