Our programme aims to strengthen the creative economy of ASEAN member states through collaboration with the UK, focusing on professional development, knowledge exchange, and building networks of policymakers and creative practitioners in both regions.

The ASEAN-UK Advancing Creative Economy programme aims to:

  • strengthen the capacity of ASEAN policymakers and practitioners in the creative economy, 
  • enhance the quality and diversity of festivals within the ASEAN region, 
  • amplify cultural exchange and collaboration between the UK and ASEAN member states, and
  • provide insights and research into ASEAN arts and creative sector.

Supporting creative professionals and policymakers

At the heart of our programme is a commitment to empowering creative professionals and policymakers, fostering collaboration, and facilitating knowledge exchanges between the UK and ASEAN. 

The programme consists of three strands: 

  • Professional development courses
    Focused on creative economy policy development and festival management. 
  • Knowledge exchange between the UK and ASEAN
    Through delegations to the UK for ASEAN festival managers, and policy development roundtables.   
  • Research into the ASEAN arts sector
    Research will focus on regional perception polls, mapping of arts and creative technology landscape in ASEAN, and mapping of ASEAN festivals.

Our Partners

ASEAN-UK Advancing Creative Economy is co-funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the British Council and delivered in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat. Our initiative will support the implementation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 and the ASEAN Strategic Plan for Culture and Arts 2016-2025