I posted this on my Instagram on Oct 12, 2022 (the event itself was on Oct 7) and I thought some points might need to be referred to in the near future. Photos and the complete speech are posted here as well, for when the day comes.
The Director General of Culture Hilmar Farid @hilmarfarid delivered his thoughts at the closing session of the World Conference on Creative Economy, titled “Towards a Sustainable Future”. It’s such a pleasure to have him here, since there has always been a dichotomy between “Culture” and “Creative Economy” within the contexts of formality: government regulations and structures. While, in fact, Creative Economy – especially in our region – can’t be separated from Cultural and Creative Industries and the infinite inspiration from (indigenous) culture, tradition, and resources.
Many points are worth highlighting, but here are some particular ones:
“On the policy side, we need to move away from our fixation on economic growth and begin to seriously take the emotional, spiritual, and cultural dimensions into account.”
“I think of the relationship between the cultural sector and the creative economy as complementary, not competitive.”
Direct stakeholders of those sectors commonly (and perhaps subconsciously) retain the mindset of “Cultural Activities” as cost exhaustive and project “Creative Economy” as an income generator. We just have to keep rediscovering a balance mechanism so the two may thrive sustainably in the future.
Thank you for the insights, Bang Fay, looking forward to having further interactions! ✨
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