23 Jun 2012

Public Symposium: Creative Industries in East and Southeast Asia

Birkbeck College, University of London and the Japan Foundation are pleased to present a public symposium on the subject of Creative Industries in East and Southeast Asia, which provides an opportunity to hear the results of an academic conference held the day before. Spurred, but no longer led by Japan, countries in this region have endeavoured to catch-up with Western economies and are now competing against each other. Audiences in East and Southeast Asia are increasingly attracted to the cultures of other countries from within the region in an on-going interplay with globalised popular culture. This symposium will provide a fresh look at these dynamics, looking at how creative industries in these countries are moving up the global value chain, as well as examining growing regionalisation and the unexpected trajectory and localisation of the idea of ‘creative industries’ itself.

This event will feature a panel of academics from across the region, includingProf Yoshitaka Mouri from the Tokyo University of Arts, Prof Anthony Fung from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Dr Kim Yeran from Kwangwoon University. The timetable for the day will be:

DATE: 30 June, 2012  12noon to 3pm
VENUE: Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

12:00 - 13:00 
Focus on Fashion - Keynote presentation by Prof Hiroshi Narumi, Kyoto University of Art & Design, on A New Era of Tokyo Fashion with Dr Wessie Ling, Senior Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, as discussant.

13:00 - 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:15
Panel - ‘Government and the Creative Industries: what is the right balance?’  - including Jenny White the British Council's Head of Art in its Tokyo Office and response from Dr Kim Yeran, Kwangwoon University.

14:15 - 15:00
Panel - ‘From Importer to Exporter: how can new generations of Creative Industry professionals form distinctive national identities? - including Ryo Sanada from The SRK, a production studio based in London & Jakarta.
This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

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