CENDANA APPROVES FUNDING FOR MALAYSIAN ARTISTS
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 December 2018 – The Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA) has unveiled the beneficiaries of two funding programmes for Malaysian artists and performers. The CENDANA Sponsorship Funding Programme and Mobility Funding Programme will see a total of 23 visual artists, performers and musicians residing within and outside of Kuala Lumpur benefiting from the latest combined sponsorships valued at more than RM348,000. The funding programmes are nuts and bolts of CENDANA’s main strategy pillars of ‘Energising the Arts’ and ‘Empowering the Communities’ in Malaysia, which enable local art and culture practitioners to realise their creative projects and works, in addition to promoting arts and culture to the wider public.
CENDANA aspires to elevate Malaysian arts and showcase its diverse beauty at the local, regional and international stage, as well as to nurture the arts community so that it remains vibrant and sustainable. The funding programmes are opened to those who are involved in the development of local performing arts, visual arts and independent music. CENDANA applies an independent peer-to-peer assessment on all submissions before it is finally approved by Group CEO, Chairman or the Board of Directors.
The fourth quarter’s funding represents a steady investment in the arts created by artists and performers within and outside of Kuala Lumpur. The funding narrows the gaps in the sector, such as improving accessibility and visibility of performers in small and mid-scale touring work and increasing the reach of Malaysian art and cultural activity in local areas and international platforms.
“CENDANA has seen great success in its previous funding programmes which has not only supported those who wish to achieve their artistic dreams, but also contributed to the cultural economy sector. Since 2017, our funding programmes have supported 63 local artists, performers and cultural practitioners, including small and diverse organisations, allowing them to fully focus on honing their skills and bringing their works to a larger audience with lesser concerns on financial barriers. With these awards, these amazing and promising talents will engage the people of Malaysia, undertake innovative projects and contribute to our city and country to a bright, shared future,” said Izan Satrina, Founding Chief Executive Officer of CENDANA.
Energising the Arts through Sponsorships and Funding Programmes
CENDANA received 54 submissions with a total of 16 successful applicants since the Mobility Funding Programme was announced in April 2018. A total amount of RM216,400 was granted to the applicants, which will enable them to extend their rich, diverse works to a larger global audience, participate in international festivals and exhibitions, and nurture relationships with other artists and creative practitioners. Among the beneficiaries include independent music band Kyoto Protocol, which will use the funds for their Japan Tour performance as well as Artis Cilik Setiawangsa, a group of young dancers between the ages of 5 – 12 who will showcase traditional Malay dances at Malaysia Fest 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
“Our recent performance in Sydney is the third time that Arcisa (Artis Cilik Setiawangsa) has performed overseas. The grant that we have received from CENDANA’s Mobility Funding Programme has enabled our young, talented dancers to gain experience and confidence from an international audience, as well as promote Malaysian culture,” said Nazari bin Zain, the group’s manager.
The second Sponsorship Funding Programme awarded a total of RM132,500 to seven applicants, allowing them to focus on the development of their cultural performance and work. The successfully funded projects include the upcoming ART TAIPEI 2018, one of the longest-standing and most influential art fairs in Asia, and public lectures at KL Gallery Weekend 2018, as well as theatre and dance productions such as Project 2020: Timescaper by Toccata Studio and Bisikan Monsoon by the Kwang Tung Dance Company at the Guangdong Dance Festival.
“Bisikan Monsoon is an ambitious project that combines music, dance and theatre to bring to life personal Malaysian tales of humour, identify and memories. We wanted to share these stories not just with fellow Malaysians, but to a wider audience. Our dreams came true when we received the funding from CENDANA’s Sponsorship Funding Programme as we can now fully focus on refining our storytelling skills and performance without worrying too much about travelling expenses,” explained Tan Bee Hung, one of the dancers of the Kwang Tung Dance Company.
Some of the successful projects funded by the first Sponsorship Funding Programme, which awarded nine beneficiaries with a total amount of RM 198,000, include a photography documentation of Afghan refugees in Malaysia, a contemporary dance based on Malay traditional movements, a festive drum performance in China, as well as the first Malaysian company to perform off Broadway at the Public Theatre in New York.
Pursuing Regional and International Collaborations to Empower Communities
In addition to holding funding programmes, CENDANA also organises cultural exchanges with international stakeholders and global arts presenters as part of the agency’s main strategies to empower local art communities. Since 2017, CENDANA has signed MOUs with international arts festivals and centres such as the Adelaide Festival Centre and Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (KOFICE). The collaborative partnership with Adelaide enabled 114 Malaysian arts practitioners to attend masterclasses from experienced Australian industry professionals, while valuable research data on Malaysia’s performing arts scene from KOFICE will be shared with CENDANA.
CENDANA has also hosted international festival directors and venue presenters, held dialogues with local art communities and performers, as well as sponsored creative platforms within Klang Valley. Other CENDANA activities carried out over the past year included sponsorship of international and regional artistic performances and events such as the Southeast Asia Music Education Exchange, KL Biennale, and Gallery Weekend KL.
For more information on upcoming activities as well as the full list of CENDANA funding programmes, please visit www.cendana.com.my.