Culture in the time of COVID

Co-hosted by Asia-Europe Foundation,
21 January 2021, Singapore

21 and 28 January 2021
Online webinar

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore jointly presents ‘Culture in the Time of Covid’, a 2-part webinar series that aims to share how arts organisations and public agencies have adapted their programmes in response to Covid-19, and explore how cultural exchange and international collaborations in the arts will look like in the next few years. The conversations will be oderated by Anupama Sekhar, Director, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and broadcasted live on the ASEF YouTube channel.


Episode 1

Thursday, 21 January 2021
16:00-17:00 SGT via YouTube live broadcast

A conversation with Diana Campbell Betancourt, artistic director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit & Michael Schindhelm, author, filmmaker and curator.

In our first webinar, we talk to two renowned curators about the shifts in cultural practice brought about by the pandemic & the future role of art in our societies. The conversation hopes to address some of the pressing issues of our times: how is the cultural sector managing this emergency situation? Is there a spirit of solidarity? How will the pandemic affect the financing of culture in the coming years? What will cultural exchange look like in the next 3-5 years?


Episode 2

Thursday, 28 January 2021
16:00-17:00 SGT via YouTube live broadcast

A conversation with Anna Arutyunova, Head of Global Network and International Affairs, Pro Helvetia, Philippe Bischof, Director, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Yves Fischer, Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), Switzerland and Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Planning and Corporate Development, National Arts Council Singapore.

In our second webinar, we discuss with public agencies in charge of culture about how they transformed their programmes and policies in response to Covid-19. What were some of the mechanisms & challenges involved in adapting their programming? What are the most creative digital projects they encountered in 2020? What will the next 3 years look like, particularly for international cultural co-operation?


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