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ASEF Unplugged – Singapore – NUS Cultural Research Centre

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Project Period:
08 Jul 2019
The Blue Room @ The Projector 6001 Beach Road Singapore 199589

ASEF Unplugged: Conversations on the Arts in Asia and Europe

From Floating Life to Open Homes: Exploring Cultural Exchange between Asia and Australia




ASEAN-Australia connections have been high on the political agenda in the recent years. Political, security, trade, education and development links have been formalised and growing. But where do cultural relations and co-operation between Asia and Australia stand? What are some past and present modes and forms of cultural exchanges and collaborations, particularly from the context of Singapore? What roles do the arts and culture play in enabling meaningful dialogue and fostering mutual understanding? What sectors are better connected and where are the weak links? What role do public agencies play in promoting closer cultural ties? What are some best practices and pitfalls that arts and cultural practitioners should be aware of?

Join us for a stimulating conversation with professional and academic experts from the field, about the possibilities of cultural exchange between Asia and Australia, particularly in a globalised world where borders are increasingly fluid, but yet also progressively polarised.

This session is co-produced with the Cultural Research Centre, a newly-launched cultural research incubator based in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore, and features Asialink, Australia’s leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries in Asia and Australia’s role in the region.


This edition is the second of our Asia-Australia cultural exchange series, following ASEF Unplugged-Adelaide in November 2018.


When & where:

Monday, 8 July 2019


The Blue Room @ The Projector

6001 Beach Road

Golden Mile Tower #05-00

Singapore 199589



Penny BURTT (Australia)

Group CEO



Pippa DICKSON (Australia)


Asialink Arts


Audrey YUE (Singapore)

Professor in Media, Culture and Critical Theory

National University of Singapore



Anupama SEKHAR

Director, Culture

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)


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