KONNECT ASEAN celebrates Southeast Asian arts using different platforms (exhibitions, education and conferences, public programmes, residencies, and publications and archives) to explore and discuss social, political, economic, and environmental issues in the region. Artists’ works and programme activities engage and strengthen the public’s understanding of ASEAN’s role in facilitating cultural diplomacy.
Furthermore, the programme intends to connect with the three major stakeholder groups of governments, the private sector, and civil society to achieve the vision of an ASEAN Community.
KONNECT ASEAN addresses the Strategic Plan for Culture and Arts 2016-2025 of the Senior Officials Meeting on Culture and Arts (SOMCA) by encouraging a multi-stakeholder approach in promoting an ASEAN mind-set and identity to increase the appreciation for ASEAN’s histories, arts, traditions and values. Concurrently, KONNECT ASEAN addresses the work plan of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Plan of Action, 2016-2020 by promoting cooperation in the area of culture and the arts.
Project outcomes provide permanent resources recording why ASEAN matters and its ongoing contribution to the region’s growth, prosperity, and stability.
KONNECT ASEAN heralds a new era for cultural diplomacy and regional integration. As a key driver of Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy to build mutual trust and friendship between future generations, KONNECT ASEAN employs diverse cultural and people-to-people exchanges to lay the foundation for solidarity.
Artists and artworks connect us in tangible and dynamic ways to the world, advancing diplomatic efforts, building deep connections, mutual understanding, and goodwill that builds the resilient communities underpinning our future prosperity. Cultural diplomacy initiatives are key for us to draw ourselves out of the isolation caused by COVID-19 and reconnect. Now is the time for us to come together and encourage dialogue amongst our myriad ethnicities, religions, and cultures to build a better world for the future.
Launched in 2020, KONNECT ASEAN has since realised dozens of projects across the region which you may peruse at your leisure below...
|Residencies||KONNECT ASEAN Artists Residency Programme||See Details|
|Exhibitions||Nothing Is Forever||See Details|
|Exhibitions||To A Faraway Friend||See Details|
|Publications & Archives||ASEAN-ROK Arts Policy Workshop||See Details|
|Education & Conferences||External Assessment Summer School||See Details|
|Exhibitions||Hacking Domesticity||See Details|
|Residencies||Chiang Mai Print Residency||See Details|
|Exhibitions||Cast But One Shadow||See Details|
|Education & Conferences||Climate Futures #1: Cultures, Climate Crisis and Disappearing Ecologies||See Details|
|Exhibitions||Stories Across Rising Lands||See Details|
|Publications & Archives||ASEAN Sculpture Garden Project||See Details|
|Exhibitions||In Our Best Interests||See Details|
|Public Programmes||Third Date||See Details|
|Education & Conferences||Res Artis Conference 2021||See Details|
|Publications & Archives||Publication – Coffee Book (August Gathering)||See Details|
|Public Programmes||KONNECT ASEAN Cultural Diplomacy Forum||See Details|
|Public Programmes||Afro-Southeast Asia: Pragmatics and Geopoetics of Art During a Cold War||See Details|
|Publications & Archives||Art & Market Writing Contest – Fresh Take||See Details|
|Public Programmes||Educational Outreach Programme by Museum MACAN||See Details|
|Residencies||Virtual360 KONNECT Emerging Arts Leaders Virtual Residency Series||See Details|
|Public Programmes||KONNECT ASEAN Creative Futures Dialogue||See Details|
|Public Programmes||Community Art Online Dialogue and Convention||See Details|
|Publications & Archives||KONNECT ASEAN Short Video Contest||See Details|
KONNECT ASEAN, an ASEAN-Korea arts programme, is administered by the ASEAN Foundation.