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.

Why should you attend?

  • This is the first virtual event of its kind between the UK and South East Asia. It is unique as it is not just a series of talks but an important platform for you to meet international collaborators and partners.
  • You can expect dynamic discussions, artistic showcasing and networking events with some of the world’s leading thinkers, artists and creative entrepreneurs.
  • You will gain new insights, top trends and opportunities for new work in the arts, culture and creative economy sector.
  • It’s free (but with limited slots)! So register today.

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/PH) Session
09.00–10.15 (UK)
17.00–18.15 (PH)
Opening session: Partner South East Asia: Arts and Culture Matters
10.30–11.30 (UK)
18.30–19.30 (PH)
Thematic session 1: 
Creative Economy: How Networks Shape Creative Ecosystems

09.00–10.30 (UK)
17.00–18.30 (PH)
Indonesia: Beyond the Art of 'Nongkrong' 
10.45–12.15 (UK)
18.45–20.15 (PH)
Malaysia Now: Arts and Culture Mosaic
12.30–13.30 (UK)
20.30–21.30 (PH)
Thematic session 2:
Climate Change: What Does it Mean for Arts and Cultural Rights?

09.00–10.30 (UK)
17.00–18.30 (PH)
The Viet Nam Connections
10.45–12.15 (UK)
18.45–20.15 (PH)
Thailand: Arts for Change
12.30–13.30 (UK)
20.30–21.30 (PH)
Thematic session 3: Arts for All?
09.00–10.30 (UK)
17.00–18.30 (PH)
The Philippines: Entry Points Between the Philippines and UK
10.45–11.45 (UK)
18.45–19.45 (PH)
Live networking session: Connections That Count 

Matchmaking and Digital Showcasing will be ongoing throughout event. Download the complete programme here.

Featured sessions

Entry points between the Philippines and UK (25 November)

Hosted by the British Council in the Philippines, this session gives an overview of Philippine-UK connections and challenges from a cultural and socio-economic perspective. It will explore existing links created through the arts, trade and migration, and reflect on how these can become gateways for artistic collaboration, innovation, and stronger cultural relations.

Time: 09.00–10.15 (UK)/ 17.00–18.15 (PH)

Moderator: Dr. Rafael Schacter, Curator; Lecturer, Anthropology and Material Culture, University College London


  • Pio Abad, Visual artist, UK/ Philippines
  • Pauline Juan, Executive Director, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Philippines
  • Deirdre McKay, Professor of Sustainable Development, Keele University, Chair, ASEAS-UK
  • Hon. Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker, District Representative Antique, Philippines 
  • Chris Millado, Artistic Director, Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Lotus Postrado, Country Director, British Council, Philippines
  • Malaya del Rosario, Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council, Philippines

Creative economy: How networks shape creative ecosystems (22 November)

This session demonstrates the significance of networks in building stronger and more inclusive creative economies – with a twist! Set to take place during an imagined dinner party, the conversations will tell stories of impact generated through networks, from the points of view of creative hubs, creative entrepreneurs and cities.

Time: 10.30–11.30 (UK)/ 18.30–19.30 (PH)

Moderator: Clare Reddington, CEO, Watershed and Trustee, British Council (TBC)


  • Duangrit Bunnag, Founder, Architect Limited (DBALP), Thailand
  • Butch Carungay, President of the Board, MATIC Hub focal point, Cebu UNESCO Creative City of Design, Philippines
  • Dina Dellyana, Coordinator, Global Center of Excellence and International Cooperation for Creative Economy (GCINC), Indonesia
  • Tom Fleming, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, UK
  • Sara Pepper, Director, Creative Cardiff, UK (TBC)

Live illustrator: Pushpin Visuals, Philippines

Connections that count (25 November)

This facilitated networking session is what makes Partner South East Asia unique and different from other events. It targets arts and culture professionals who want to (1) meet new contacts (2) expand markets and audiences and (3) explore new opportunities in South East Asia and the UK. Participants will enjoy this interactive and meaningful session, which is the final activity of the four-day event.

Time: 10:45–11:45 (UK)/ 18.45–19.45 (PH)

Moderator: Malaya del Rosario, Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council, Philippines


  • Caroline Meaby, Director Network, Arts, British Council
  • Manami Yuasa, Regional Arts Director East Asia, British Council

Breakout room moderators:

  • Giulia Crossley, Senior Programme Manager Creative Economy, British Council
  • Dominic Hastings, Arts Manager, British Council, Scotland
  • Camelia Harahap, Head of Arts, British Council, Indonesia
  • Florence Lambert, Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council, Malaysia
  • Joel Mills, Senior Programme Manager, Music, British Council
  • Nguyễn Phương Thảo, Head of Arts, British Council Việt Nam

How to register?

You can find the registration button below.

  • Step 1: Select your ticket type (based on why you want to join the event)
  • Step 2: Go to 'checkout'
  • Step 3: Complete registration questions
  • Step 4: Go to 'complete order'
  • Step 5: You will receive an email with your Hopin link
  • Step 4: Complete order

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