ASEF LinkUp | Asia-Europe Cultural Diplomacy Lab

ASEF LinkUp | Asia-Europe Cultural Diplomacy Lab took place from 24 to 27 October 2023 in Singapore. Through this project, ASEF aimed to create new spaces for encounters and capacity building where various agents involved in cultural cooperation (e.g. diplomats, managers, funders, artists) can meet and share knowledge and approaches from different regions. For the first edition of ASEF LinkUp, we have invited curators, arts managers and artists to “link-up” with the diplomats and cultural attaches based in Singapore and the ASEAN region.

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Youth completes inaugural next-gen leaders programme

Bruneian youth Faiq bin Airudin recently completed the Temasek Foundation – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (TF-LKYSPP) Southeast Asia Next-Gen Leaders Programme.

With 600 applications from Southeast Asian to join the programme, 35 between the ages of 25 and 35 from ASEAN and Timor Leste were selected for the five-month programme.

Faiq, an executive officer at Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), said, “Alhamdulillah, it is an honour to be selected as the only Bruneian participant in the inaugural TF-LKYSPP programme. I hope to share the knowledge with my country, my organisation DARe, and the youth organisations I am actively part of, such as Just Bruneians.”


ASEAN Cultural Digital Ambassadors Transformation Programme 2022: Unity In Bytes

From 17 to 22 June 2022, Malaysia hosted the ASEAN Cultural Digital Ambassador Transformation Programme: Unity in Bytes, attended by 20 delegates from 10 #ASEAN Member States, comprising students, lecturers, and officers in the culture sector.

The programme aimed to nurture adaptable tech-savvy ASEAN youth and cultural practitioners, promote regional economy via edu-culture and creative digital content, and enhance creativity, diversity, and artistic cultural embodiment.

Delegates immersed themselves in local communities in Selangor and Melaka by engaging in cultural activities of the indigenous people and participated in interactive hybrid seminar and masterclass on cultural heritage, post-pandemic recovery, and creative content production.

Sahur Evenings 2022 / 1443

Five Sahur Evenings I checked out this Ramadhan for bites, sips and hangouts. Was nice finally seeing places open late after months of takeaways only, lifting of curfew (it was at 8pm at one point!) and relaxing of restrictions.