SEAΔ is a program co-created by Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council that creates space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work in arts and culture can contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia
through their individual and collective leadership. The focus area for sustainable development in 2020-2021, is Biotrade.
The program has 4 main gatherings spread over a one-year period where the SEAΔ Fellows get together. Each gathering takes place in a different country and has a unique purpose: exchange, create, share and reflect.
Who is SEAΔ for?
SEAΔ is designed for all kinds of creative and cultural practitioners (from artists to administrators, managers and policymakers) who are interested in:
• Connecting their artistic and cultural work to the challenges of the
SDGs (sustainable development goals)
• Creating partnerships and collaborations with peers around and with
• Enlarging the space for the arts and culture in South East Asia
• Building civil society through arts and culture
• Creating new opportunities for others to grow and develop
• Working with people from outside the arts and culture sector
Each year we will select 10 Fellows from 10 countries: Cambodia, Laos,
Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and
the United Kingdom.
What benefits will SEAΔ offer you?
The program is an opportunity develop yourself, to develop and work with others, and to make an impact on society:
1. Skills and personal development: presentation skills, advocacy & influencing skills, entrepreneurial thinking, individual personal
development plan and dialogue and development from mentors & inspiring speakers from different sectors
2. Partnership development: new professional and personal networks through collaborative working, regional travel and peer mentoring
3. Knowledge and values: Exposure to the diverse histories, social, economic and cultural context of SEA through travel to four Asian
countries during the one-year program and a deeper understanding of the unique role that arts & culture can play in the South East Asia’s
The program is fully funded, i.e. economy class travel, accommodation, meals and the cost of all activities included are covered by the program. However, participants must be able to commit to the whole program. Provisional dates and approximate time commitment are:
1. SEAΔ EXCHANGE: 5 facilitated days, in Hanoi, November 21st – 25th 2020
2. SEAΔ CREATE: Estimated 3-5 days, but exact duration and location determined by the Fellows and their Helvetas counterpart. January – March 2021
3. SEAΔ SHARE: 4 facilitated days, in Manila, June 14th -17th 2021
4. SEAΔ REFLECT: 3 facilitated days, in Kuala Lumpur, September 14th – 16th 2021
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
To be eligible to apply to SEAΔ you must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries, resident in that same country for the majority of the year, and fit the profile below:
1. Committed to a career in arts and culture (with at least 5-10 years
existing experience in the sector)
2. Are already engaging with social and development issues through your
work in the arts and culture
3. Are active and engaged in the arts sector in your home country
4. Have led other people in making projects or programs happen in your
home country (this can be informal)
6. Have some experience of working with regional peers/partners
(whether at home or in another country)
Be able to communicate comfortably in English (speaking and listening essential, and basic reading and writing for email communication
needed) which will be the shared language of the program.
Applicants from Taiwan must also:
• Have an existing connection to South East Asia via experience in the culture sector, and a clear desire and intention to grow their collaborations with South East Asia
• Be culturally sensitive and able to blend into the cultural context of the program and the region.
UK applicants must meet eligibility criteria 1-6 above, and also:
• Be resident in the UK as defined by HMRC
(see http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/international/residence.htm#5) and have a strong, current connection to South East Asia which will enable to sustain networks after the program finished and have a clear intention to grow their collaborations within South East Asia.
• Culturally sensitive to the cultural context of the program and the region. They especially want to hear from applicants who have not had significant regional or international experience already and for whom this program would
be a real opportunity to move to a new level in your work.
If you feel you fit the criteria and want to apply, please prepare:
• Completely filled application form (see page 11 of the document in the link below)
• CV with time/period description of professional experiences of arts and culture.
For SEAΔ Brochure, Application Form and Personal Statement Form Click here
Deadline: July 15.