Spotlight cast on Brunei, Hong Kong creative industry

|      Wani Roslan      |

THE Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) organised an international symposium on Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI), titled ‘Understanding the Creative Industry Ecologies in Brunei and Hong Kong’ at UBD yesterday.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UBD Pengiran Dr Mohd Iskandar bin Pengiran Haji Petra was the guest of honour.

Chair of UBD-CUHK Symposium Dr Rui Oloveira Lopes underlined that cultural and creative industries are not only an important component of economy and employment, stimulating to cultural development and well-being of communities, but that they also contribute significantly to attract large numbers of tourists, enhancing their experience and promote values of tolerance and respect between cultures.

“The cultural and creative industries are frequently related to innovation and entrepreneurship, setting the framework for self-employment, start-ups and collaborations,” he said.

He added that at the level of technology, education, knowledge and innovation, the creative industries are at the core of the new industrial revolution because they are a new engine of growth and a vehicle for structural transformation.

“We also need to develop research initiatives not only towards creative innovation to respond to a competitive market, but also towards a better understanding of the creative economy and develop expertise,” he added.

Among the topics delivered included ‘Visual Arts and Community Arts Development’, ‘Emerging Young Artists in Brunei’ and ‘Curating and Safeguarding Cultural Identities’ as well as sessions on literature and the social mediascape.

Jointly organised by FASS, UBD and the Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the symposium aimed to provide a platform to discuss the development of CCI in Brunei and Hong Kong.

Attendees in a group photo. – RAHWANI ZAHARI