The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the global cultural and creative industries. Sectors such as performing arts, visual arts, film and media arts, design, to name a few, have been deeply affected by the pandemic, especially if they require in-person gathering and interactions. Over the course of the pandemic, many arts and cultural organizations experienced significant financial losses due to the closure of venues, as well as the cancellation and postponements of many events. This resulted in income loss for creative practitioners and professionals, adding to their stress and anxiety. Governments and related agencies around the world have put in place mechanisms to support cultural and creative organizations and practitioners.
The pandemic has also hastened the debate over digitization/digitalization of the arts. On the one hand, digital platforms opened up new avenues for audience engagement and development. On the other hand, digital divide remains a challenge. Furthermore, some practitioners were unsure whether the shift to digital platforms was temporary or permanent. As we exit the pandemic, we must recognize that the events of the last few years should not be forgotten. If anything, the pandemic has shown the world that the cultural and creative industries, especially the practitioners, are remarkably resilient. There are lessons to be learnt and the way we debate about cultural and creative industries has forever been changed. This conference, Cultural Management in the Post-Pandemic World, seeks to engage scholars and practitioners in meaningful discussions on the new directions of post-pandemic cultural management practices and education, particularly in the Greater Bay Area and the region (East and Southeast Asia).
Art and Technology
Cultural Management Education
Curatorial and Creative Practices
Network and Communities in the Greater Bay Area and the Region (East and Southeast Asia)
Practices of Care in Cultural Management
Dr Samuel Wong is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of The TENG Company, a not-for-profit Major Grant Arts Company in Singapore. TENG is one of the largest traditional arts companies in Singapore. He spearheads the company’s Artistic Innovation, Social Impact and Industry Empowerment Divisions and re-invents the possibilities of Chinese music by fusing tradition, innovation and a unique Singaporean identity.
Samuel was awarded The Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (2009), The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation’s Culture Award (2009) and Singapore Institute of Management’s Teaching Excellence Award (2012) for his work in Music and Education. In 2021, Samuel was listed in Prestige Magazine’s “40 under 40” list of Singapore’s most successful, influential and innovative young people.
Xiang Yong is a Professor of the School of Arts at Peking University (SAPKU) and Dean of the Institute for Cultural Industries at Peking University (ICIPKU), where he is leader of Cultural Economics and Creative Management Project. He joined the PKU cultural industries research group in 2003.
He taught the courses, Studies on the Management of Creativity, Strategy and Management of Culture Industries etc. at School of Arts, PKU. His academic interest is focusing on cultural & creative industries, management of the art, culture and creativity, and human resource development & management.
Prof. Xiang has visited some universities in USA, UK, Italy, Australia, Japan, South Korea in these years. He was Academic Visitor, Judge Business School, the University of Cambridge (2010-2011), and visiting scholar at Faculty of Economics Marco Biagi, University of Modena, Reggio Emilia (Otc.2010), Italy. He is Honorary Visiting Professor of Business School at London Metropolitan University since 2010, Guest Professor to The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2019. He is a senior cultural and creative industries (CCIs) consultant to the governments, companies and institutions in China and UNCTAD. He was awarded one of the Top 10 Excellent Scholars of CCI in China in 2012. He is co-editors of China Cultural and Creative Industries Reports 2013, which is published by Springer, 2013 and is a joint founder of the International Association of Culture and Creative Industries (London, Hong Kong), Member of the Advisory Committee of the International Center for Creativity and Sustainable Development under the auspices of UNESCO Since 2019.