Story by Anthony Chong and Shane Gilchrist
Stories from Connections Through Culture Online 2021
Musical Exchange Programme (MEP) is 3-months fellowship programme organised by Malaysian based The Rondo Production, in partnership with UK collaborator Orchestra of the Swan. MEP is designed to provide professional training for young Malaysian musicians and enhance their career development.
Story by Abhi Arumbakkam Sarees and Secrets began as a conversation between 3 very different artists. Abhi Arumbakkam from the UK initially reached out to Sumitra Selvaraj in Malaysia, who then roped in Dhinesha Karthigesu (Malaysia) to also join them. Together they began playing around with the initial ideas for a potential collaboration and show. Thus the Sarees and Secrets team was born.
Safe/Selamat brought together London-based community arts company All Change, writers Priya K (Malaysia) and Francesca Beard (UK) and their communities in Malaysia and the UK for a creative conversation about safety and risk in creative practice.
Projek Trash <–> Treasure is a residency programme that celebrates trash as a meeting point for culture sharing, sparking new conversations between creative practitioners from various disciplines.
Story by Eleena Jamil
Narratives of Soil was awarded the Connections Through Culture Alumni Grant to build on its research project that explores the cultural and artistic significance of mud in design. The research project's phase 2 allowed UK designer, Eliza Collin and Malaysian Architect, Wendy Teo to carry out an additional four workshops and public engagements, an updated publication and exhibition, as well as a soil recipe.