University of Nottingham Malaysia
University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute-Malaysia (UoNARI-M)

Postmodern Approaches in Curating and Managing Arts Festivals in Global Cities

4th July 2019
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Festivals have always functioned as long-term investment for communities to build a sense of cohesiveness, attachment, lifestyle, values, active citizenship, well-being, and new directions for future. These special events also facilitate visitors to understand and appreciate the cultures of these communities. The growth of festivals in recent years have accelerated the process of ‘festivalisation’ in global cities, which could lead to the weakening function of festivals to celebrate and build communities. With reference to case studies from four Asian global cities, this lecture discusses how the effect of postmodernism has brought about new trends and directions in the curatorial practices and management styles of arts festivals in global cities, concluding with recommendations on how managers of arts festivals in global cities could move forward with the current scenarios and challenges.

4 July 2019, Thursday   
20:30 to 22:30 
 Malaysia Design Archive
             2nd Floor No. 84
             Jalan Rotan Off Jalan Kg Attap (186.00 mi)
             50460 Kuala Lumpur     

About the speaker: Dr Benny Lim is currently an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the M.A. in Cultural Management programme at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to his current appointment, he has taught in several institutions of higher education in Singapore as well as in Malaysia, where he founded KDU University College’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. Since 2001, Benny has produced and managed over seventy arts events, including drama productions and arts festivals. In 2015, Benny was invited by IFT Macau to develop the city’s first programme in Performing Arts Event Management. He also sits on Advisory Committee of CUHK Shenzhen’s auditorium and concert hall development. Currently, he is attached to University of Nottingham (Malaysia) Asia Research Institute as an Honorary Research Fellow.

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