International Arts Leaders unite for Australian arts leadership program

    01 March 2019

    The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the latest participants in its International Leadership Program, delivered in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

    Emerging leaders from countries including China, Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia will participate in the Australia Council’s two flagship leadership programs, promoting a global exchange of knowledge, ideas and cultural practice.

    The Australia Council is pleased to be continuing the partnership with DFAT following a successful pilot in 2017. The program is an example of a successful cross-portfolio partnership that delivers positive outcomes both for the arts and Australia’s broader ambitions.

    Australia Council Director of Capacity Building, Kevin du Preez said, “The inclusion of international arts leaders in our leadership programs provides a valuable opportunity for Australia’s arts leaders to learn from, and build understanding with, our regional neighbours.”

    “Arts and culture are among the most powerful contributors to Australia’s reputation in the world. They help build sustainable partnerships and cross cultural understanding, sharing knowledge and creative excellence with our neighbours for mutual benefit.”

    International Arts Leaders Program

    E-Jan Tan (MALAYSIA) Founder/ Creative Producer, Toccata Studio

    Reena Dewan (INDIA) Vice-President, Kolkata Centre for Creativity

    Tang Zehui (CHINA) Independent Curator/ Writer

    Mayambo Peipul (PAPUA NEW GUINEA) Vice-President, Moresby Arts Theatre

    Eliza Vitri Handayani (INDONESIA) Writer/ Director, InterSastra

    International Future Leaders Program

    Lubna Shaheen (INDIA) Programme Director, Ziro Festival of Music

    Hung Duong (VIETNAM) Founder, Cultural Community Discourse

    Le My Cuong (VIETNAM) Independent filmmaker and broadcaster

    Franchesca Casauay (PHILIPPINES) Independent creative producer

    Chong Wang (CHINA) Founder/ Artistic Director, Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental

    More information on the recipients can be found on the Australia Council website.

    Read their biographies  


    Media contact:

    Brianna Roberts, Media Manager

    Australia Council for the Arts

    Phone: (02) 9215 9030 

    Email: b.roberts@australiacouncil.gov.au

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