Adelaide Festival Centre of Australia, represented by Mr Joseph Mitchell, the Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival, and Cultural Economy Development Unit (CEDU) Malaysia, represented by Ms Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin, the Founding Chief Executive Officer of CEDU Malaysia, has signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure the ongoing cultural exchange and sharing of artistic performance between both these nations.
This is an effort announced in the National Budget 2017 by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak on October 21, 2016. CEDU aims to build a vibrant, sustainable and ambitious cultural economy for Malaysia, and it has a 5-year strategy for 2017 – 2022 that is the product of deliberation between local and international partners, governments, arts organizations and artists.
The MoU signing, the first between CEDU and an Australian arts organisation, coincides with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Malaysia. The signing was witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for the Arts, The Hon. Jack Snelling MP and the Hon. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.
CEDU’s support will enable Malaysian performances at the 2017 OzAsia Festival and in the near future, providing a premier platform for a variety of contemporary artists, regional indigenous arts and high profile arts companies from Malaysia to audiences and arts industry in Australia.
The MoU will also enable Australian arts industry professionals to facilitate masterclasses and knowledge sharing activities in Malaysia while CEDU will secure a suitable arts manager from Malaysia to take on a professional development internship at Adelaide Festival Centre.
Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, said, “We are excited to see the formation of such strong connections, deepening the already strong relationship between Australia and Malaysia. This MoU reflects our commitment to elevate Malaysians arts to a wider community and continue creating lasting people-to-people links.”
“Considering the many shared similarities we have between both countries in terms of diverse cultures and appreciation of other languages, ethnicities, religions and beliefs, we look forward to developing international capability of arts professionals and assist audiences to better understand Malaysia,” added Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri.
This year, OzAsia Festival, Australia’s leading annual contemporary arts Festival focusing on Asia, will be taking place from September 21 to October 8, 2017 at Adelaide Festival Centre. Representing Malaysia is our very own Alena Murang, hailing from Sarawak, who will be playing the traditional sape while singing traditional Kelabit songs on September 23 and 24, 2017.
Ms Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin signing the MoU alongside Mr Joseph Mitchell.