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Borak Arts Series 2016

Initiated by My Performing Arts Agency, the annual regional arts conference held its fourth edition in Penang as part of the George Town Festival programme.

In lieu with this year’s theme of Bringing Arts Closer to Home, more than 180 people hailing from the arts and culture sector of 15 countries caught up on recent trends in their profession’s engagement with the community through a variety of keynote addresses, panel discussions, country updates, roundtable sessions and performances.

Content creators and creative workers also had the opportunity to present their ideas for future collaboration to the directors of the world’s major arts festivals, as well as receive practical advice from funders in an intimate group setting.

The event has always had a strong Japanese presence, and this year was no exception. Ricca Ricca Festa general producer Hisashi Shimoyama, Tokyo Performing Arts Market director Hiromi Maruoka, and Festival/Tokyo programmer Masahiko Yokobori flew in to contribute their input to the decidedly international dialogue.

The Borak Arts Series has grown to become a critical networking platform for arts practitioners and administrators in the ASEAN region, and The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur is proud to support My Performing Arts Agency’s aim of building a conducive ecosystem for the industry.

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