Around 400 participants from 12 countries across Asia Pacific to attend Asia Pacific Arts Festival (APAF) 2018 held on 7 to 10 February 2018 in Siem Reap province which is home of Cambodia cultural and world heritage, Angkor Wat.
The event is an art festival which aim to pursuit toward harmony, peace and global friendship through diversified cultural exchange, team buildings, workshop and performing arts competition.
The mission of this festival is to encourage youth to promote and build unity and peace through mutual understanding of each other love for the arts.
The theme of this year is community art. Community art here sometimes known as community based art or community engaged art.
“One effective platform of building relationship and community is through music and the arts,” Mr. Stanley Chin, Artistic Director of Asia Pacific Arts Festival stated.
He also stressed that community has always been a basic human need. People need other people if they are to live their live to fullest whether through families or friends”
So far, the festival run successfully for the past six years held at difference places in Asia Pacific with participants from China, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and so on. For this year, the festival get participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.
Within festival, there is also art competition which including music and dance category with the judges from different countries. Those judges are Dr. Ryu Ki Yong from Korea, Mr. Marchin Maciejewski from Poland, Mr. So Srornos from Cambodia, Ms. Emily Li from Hong Kong, Mr. Purwa Tjaraka from Indonesia, Mr. Wong Kit Yam from Malaysia, Mr. Ian Goh from Malaysia, Ms. Cindy Yeh from Taiwan, and Ms. Nicole Yap from Malaysia. Nearly 200 candidates from 10 countries across Asia Pacific to join this competition.
Beside performing arts competition, the festival combined different activities including international friendship exchange, cultural exchange, school exchange, team building, music & dance workshop and city tour.
After the festival held in Cambodia, there are another four upcoming Asia Pacific Arts Festival in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam as following:
- 20-23 July 2018, Singapore
- 10-13 August 2018, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
- 18-21 January 2019, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
- 19-22 July, Singapore