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Doors are open for Australian and Malaysian arts professionals

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The Cultural Economy Development Unit of Malaysia (CEDU) signed its first ever Memorandum of Understanding with Australian Arts organisation, Adelaide Festival Centre/OzAsia Festival in Kuala Lumpur last Thursday, 27th July 2017. It also coincides with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Malaysia.

Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri (centre) with (from left) CEDU Founder and CEO Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin, CEDU Chairman Datuk Seri Farid Ridzuan, Australian Minister for the Arts MP Jack Snelling and OzAsia Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell after signing the MoU in Kuala Lumpur.

This MoU will open doors for Australian arts industry professionals to host masterclasses and knowledge sharing activities in Malaysia. In turn, CEDU will be sending a suitable arts manager from Malaysia to undertake a professional development internship at Adelaide Festival Centre. This is an opportunity for our Malaysian arts practitioners or arts organisers to experience the in and outs of organising an international arts festival in Australia.

In it’s 11th year, OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading annual contemporary arts Festival focusing on Asia. Each year, the festival presents the very best contemporary artists from across Asia, connecting audiences with an outstanding array of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and food.

“As OzAsia Festival enters its second decade, it continues to shorten the cultural distances between Australia and Asia and showcase just why Adelaide is constantly recognised globally as an exceptional tourism, arts, economic and business destination: something that Kuala Lumpur is also celebrated for, and to which we look forward to ongoing collaboration and sharing of knowledge,” said Australia’s Minister for the Arts, The Hon. Jack Snelling MP.

Representing Malaysia this year will be Alena Murang, who sings, dances and plays the Sape, a traditional lute instrument of the Orang Ulu of Sarawak. Alena is one of the few passionate young musicians, keeping traditional music alive. The Kelabit-Italian Murang will be following the footsteps of TerryandtheCuz who brought their dance production “Sk!n” to Australian shores in last year’s OzAsia Festival which also featured local Malaysian band Tenderfist.

OzAsia Festival 2017 will run from 21st September to 8th October at Adelaide Festival Centre. You can get tickets from their website www.ozasiafestival.com.au.

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