Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH) is an exciting new organisation, set up to offer personal and professional development opportunities for creative cultural practitioners in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand and to build sustainable networks around Asia. Programs will include workshops, exchange, training and networking, and will involve participants and practitioners from Taiwan, as well as other South-East Asian countries on particular programs.
MCH serves people who are working at the intersection of arts and society. It aims to support creative practitioners who are already established in their own contexts and are ready to widen their networks and their impact by developing regional projects and collaboration. One of the first projects of Mekong Cultural Hub in 2018 will be a Mekong Mapping, to learn more about the situation of cultural practitioners in our region and to develop a strong foundation for a network. We also plan to launch a “regional cultural leadership program” in partnership with British Council.
In its first year, MCH is supported by Ministry of Culture Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Fresh Sound Foundation, and collaborating with British Council. MCH is a sister organisation of Cambodian Living Arts, which has been working in Cambodia since 1998, and has a mission to be a catalyst in a vibrant arts sector in Cambodia. Both MCH and CLA share the belief that arts are at the heart of a vital society, and this spirit is reflected throughout our programs.
ARTS & SOCIETY
Supporting projects at the intersection of arts, culture and sustainable development
CULTURAL MOBILITY & EXCHANGE
Facilitating exchange and collaboration among creative cultural practitioners from the Mekong region, greater Asia and the world
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Providing workshop, training and leadership opportunities for artists and creative community activists
The Mekong region, including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, shares unique similarities and distinct differences. We want to facilitate more exchange among creative cultural practitioners from these countries.
In some programs, Mekong Cultural Hub will also interact with wider Southeast Asia. Regional dialogue with our neighbours is important to create the shared futures we want.
TAIWAN & GREATER ASIA
MCH sees the Mekong region as an integral part of the greater discourse of the Asia-Pacific region with Taiwan’s art communities ideally positioned as potential partners and collaborators.
PROJECTS & PARTNERS
MCH and British Council are collaborating to co-create a cultural leadership program serving dynamic cultural practitioners in Southeast Asia who are engaged in sustainable development and looking to advance the role of arts and culture within the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) within the region. The program aims to explore context-specific practices of cultural leadership and develop the voice of Southeast Asian cultural leaders locally and regionally. The program will support the participants to give back to their communities in their countries as well as initiate new projects and collaborations within Southeast Asia.
Co-created by British Council
YOUNG CULTURAL INNOVATORS
The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a ten-year project launched by Salzburg Global Seminar in 2014 to engage fifty of the world’s most dynamic young creative changemakers every year. Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH) is a regional hub for these young artists, creative entrepreneurs and cultural leaders. Every year, MCH sends four individuals to Salzburg and offers them a platform for action upon their return.
In Partnership with Salzburg Global Seminar
Cultural exchange is a central element in the journey towards our shared futures. Creative cultural practitioners are in the unique position to reflect, question, challenge, create and collaborate. The cultural exchange program offers an opportunity for individuals and organisations to develop collaborative projects, participate in festivals and workshops, and engage in other forms of cultural exchange within the Mekong region.