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. The event will also provide the opportunity to make new connections between South East Asian and UK arts and culture stakeholders.

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)
  • Six 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 50 inspiring speakers from the UK and South East Asia 

Programme schedule 

Time (UK) Session
22.11.2021 09.00–10.15 (UK) Opening session: Partner South East Asia: Arts and Culture Matters
10.30–11.30 (UK) Thematic session 1: 
Creative Economy: How Networks Shape Creative Ecosystems
23.11.2021 09.00–10.30 (UK) Indonesia: Beyond the Art of 'Nongkrong' 
23.11.2021  10.45–12.15 (UK) Malaysia NowArts and Culture Mosaic
23.11.2021  12.30–13.30 (UK) Thematic session 2:
Climate Change: What Does it Mean for Arts and Cultural Rights?
24.11.2021 09.00–10.30 (UK)

The Viet Nam Connections
24.11.2021  10.45–12.15 (UK) Thailand: Arts for Change
24.11.2021 12.30–13.30 (UK)

Thematic session 3: Arts for All?
25.11.2021 09.00–10.30 (UK) The Philippines: Entry Points Between the Philippines and UK
25.11.2021 10.45–11.45 (UK)

Live networking session: Connections That Count 
25.11.2021  12.30–13.30 (UK) Final live networking session  

How to register? 

The event will be on the Hopin platform and is free of charge. If you would like to attend, simply register your details using the register button below.