Despite bearing similar names and sharing certain aims, the implementation of the Cultural Capital initiative in Europe and in East Asia has been substantially dissimilar. In Europe, the annual European City of Culture (ECOC) status commonly constitutes an opportunity to showcase the best of the arts and culture of the host city, and counts on the support of sizable public funding. In Southeast Asia, the initiative scarcely receives any public or regional funds and the understanding of what the designation means varies widely from country to country. In Northeast Asia, regional diplomacy is one of the main motivations for initiating the scheme.
This talk seeks to shed light on the recent Cultural Capital schemes currently being forged in the East Asia region, as well as on the motivations for these countries to develop them now. In particular, it aims to discuss to what extent the Asian countries are simply trying to replicate the consolidated and established European model, carve their own concepts, or create hybrid schemes.
This session will be moderated by Dr Clara Portela.
Dr David Ocón
Senior Lecturer, School of Technology for the Arts Singapore
Dr David Ocón Senior Lecturer School of Technology for the Arts Singapore Strategic Advise Hang Seng Management College (Hong Kong) University of Barcelona (Spain) City University of Hong Kong Dr David Ocón is an international manager, consultant and lecturer with over 15 years of experience in the culture and education sector. He has led the communication and cultural departments of organisations such as the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF, Singapore), the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC, Brussels, Belgium), and Cervantes Institute-Spanish Cultural Centre (Beijing, China).... Read More