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KONNECT ASEAN Creative Futures Dialogue

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the world, with the International Monetary Fund predicting the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Arts and creative industries have suffered immensely as creative jobs in the broader economy become increasingly scarce. Strategies to survive and pivot in a rapidly changing global economy are essential.

As national governments focus on internal issues, meaning greater emphasis on the well-being of domestic populations, artists and arts professionals play a key role in rebuilding the world post-pandemic. Artists and creatives are essential as advocates for healing the broken bonds severed by border lockdowns, cultural divisions, and the retreat from globalism.

As a response to this new reality facing artists and creatives, the ASEAN Foundation organised the KONNECT ASEAN Creative Futures Dialogue: Post-Pandemic Pathways for the Arts and Cultural Sector. Three webinars highlighted priority areas of focus for young artists and creatives to remain resilient in their careers, namely digital acceleration, social impact, and ecological resilience.