Conference focusses on ASEAN-Korea cultural ties

Azlan Othman in Gwangju, South Korea

Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Pengiran Hajah Nooriyah binti Pengiran Lela Wijaya Pengiran Haji Yussof attended the 3rd Special Asean Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) Plus Republic of Korea (ROK) Meeting in Gwangju, Korea recently.

She attended the event on behalf of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Accompanying Pengiran Hajah Nooriyah to the meeting was Acting Director of Culture and Arts at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Haji Mohammad Abdoh bin Haji Awang Damit.

Themed ‘Advancing ASEAN+ROK Partnership in Culture’, the conference was co-chaired by RoK Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo and Chair of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines Virgilio S Almario.

Ministers and heads of delegation from ASEAN member states as well as the Deputy Secretary General (Socio-Cultural Community) of ASEAN were present.

Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of Korea Pengiran Hajah Nooriyah binti Pengiran Lela Wijaya Pengiran Haji Yussof in a group photo with ministers and heads of delegation from ASEAN member states. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

The meeting focussed on the vision of ASEAN+ROK cultural cooperation which includes enhancement of people’s understanding for Mutual Culture of ROK and ASEAN; Promoting Co-Creation and Production; Reinforcement of Cooperation between ASEAN and Korean Culture and Arts Institutes; Exchange and Cooperation on Cultural Industry of ASEAN and ROK including Copyright Protection; and ASEAN-ROK Cooperation to preserve and utilise cultural heritage.

ASEAN member states were invited to participate in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) ASEAN+ROK cultural policymakers workshop next year in Korea to enhance cooperation opportunities on policy areas related to creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions.

RoK also proposed the ‘Year of Mutual Cultural Exchange’ event between each Asean member state and ROK from 2019 onwards.

The event will include a forum on enhancing cultural identity and cooperation of Asean and ROK which will engage various entities of Asean and ROK including culture and arts policymakers, theorists, artists and culture and art institutions to reinforce exchange and cooperation.

Prior to the conference, Brunei delegation attended ASEAN-Korea Traditional Orchestra and VIVA ASEAN: ASEAN Year of Culture performances.

Brunei Darussalam was represented by musicians and dancers from Senandung Budaya of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.The AMCA+ROK was established in 2014 to promote friendship and co-prosperity in the field of culture and the arts, and has adopted and implemented two work plans namely, 2015-2018 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Work Plan on Cooperation in Culture and the Arts and 2019-2021 Asean Republic of Korea Work Plan on Cooperation in Culture and the Arts.

The 4th AMCA plus ROK will be held in Cambodia next year.