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Tuesday 21 July 2020

Traditional Arts: The Forgotten COVID Casualty?

Moderated by Soultari Amin Farid, with panelists Khin Maung Htwe, Alena Murang, and Jacob Boehme

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Tuesday 21 July 2020

ArtsEquator presented Tech in Performance: Traditional Arts: The Forgotten COVID Casualty? livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 21 July 2020 at 7:30 p.m. SGT (Singapore, UTC +8) / 8:30 p.m. KST (Seoul, UTC +9) / 12:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 13:30 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 7:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4)

While the pandemic has resulted in losses of jobs in the arts, less has been said about the fate of craftsmen, artisans and masters of intangible heritage and traditional arts. Artists Khin Maung Htwe (Myanmar), Alena Murang (Malaysia) and Jacob Boehme (Australia) will share their experiences in activating tradition and heritage in their work, and discuss the role of traditional arts in a post-COVID world. Or is contemporising the traditional arts an inevitable way of ensuring its survival? This panel is moderated by Soultari Amin Farid.

In a matter of just months, the making, distribution and audiences’ experience of arts has undergone rapid changes. From abrupt cancellations of major festivals, to shuttering of galleries and theatres, new online avenues emerged to make and share arts.

At the same time, COVID-19 has exposed the extreme precarity of the arts sector. As arts workers face a real existential threat, it is society at large that will be impoverished if artists can no longer make and present their work. Now more than ever, we need artists to challenge assumptions and imagine new futures.

This series of four talks, organised by ArtsEquator, attempts to ask some big questions. Being in the middle of an unpredictable global crisis precludes easy answers. Burning Questions offers a space for regional voices to dialogue and discuss some of the unasked questions facing the arts community.

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