2023 FACP Kaohsiung Conference boosts connections between arts professionals across generations by "What's Up Café – Clinics for the Arts"
With the call of sustainability, the transmission of professional knowledge and experience has become more important than ever. At the "What's Up Café – Clinics for the Arts" of the 2023 FACP Kaohsiung Conference, junior arts personnels will have the chance to connect with our senior colleagues, share stories and challenges, exchange ideas and insights, and learn from these professionals!
At this session, young artists and arts workers will be meeting FACP governors and members, who are also artistic and cultural leaders across the Asia-Pacific in various sectors. Whether you are from an arts presenter, arts management agency, performing arts group, the academy, production, or cultural venue, you will all find your destined mentor here! Exciting in-depth discussions, industrial insights and more cultural exchanges await at the 2023 FACP Kaohsiung Conference.
How to participate?
All FACP members are eligible for making appointments with our table hosts. Here's how you can get connected:
Join FACP or renew your membership, and register for the 2023 FACP Kaohsiung Conference.
As the annual conference approaches, sign up via the online form or in-person at the event location.
Enjoy your time of in-depth exchange with our table hosts!
2023 FACP Kaohsiung Conference
What's Up Café – Clinics for the Arts
Table Hosts Biographies
"No one can take away the power of the arts to change someone's life."
Rachael is an orchestral musician and has been a cellist with Singapore's Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM) since 2013. OMM is a volunteer-led orchestra comprising of over 140 musicians from different careers and backgrounds. Rachael served as the Chairperson of the orchestra's Community Engagement Team (2017-2018), curating both offstage and onstage encounters that aim to enhance the public's appreciation for orchestral music. Currently, Rachael is also a PhD student in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford (2022-), and her research focuses on cultural and political geography in East Asia. She holds an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance (2021-2022) from the same university, and her past research has been about visuals and imaginaries of climate change.
Anthony SF CHIU
"Every stakeholder has a significant role to play in sustainability."
Anthony SF CHIU is Presidential Adviser on Sustainability, University Fellow and Chair Professor at De La Salle University. He co-authored nearly 200 development project manuscripts and indexed journal articles in the SDG12 area, currently with a Scopus h-index of 42. CHIU also has served the national government as the Pollution Adjudication Board Member (rank of Commissioner) since 2004. He was an official delegate of the Philippine government in various UN summits, including the Rio+20 and SDG Roadmap. He is a member of the UN International Resource Panel, and the founding editor-in-chief of the Elsevier Journal of Cleaner and Responsible Consumption.
Keisuke INNAMI was born in Osaka in 1989. He pursued his higher education at Osaka University and earned a bachelor's degree in Foreign Language and Culture with a specialization in Portuguese. After completing his studies, he embarked on his professional journey at Knowledge Capital (KC) as a "Communicator." His role involved bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and nurturing collaborations to create innovative projects and communities. Currently, he plays a vital role as the Chief Assistant to the General Producer of KC. He is responsible for managing internal and external relations and spearheading international projects.
"Where there are people, there needs to be dreams. Let's use your imagination and creativity!"
Artist Manager and Consultant in the Classical Music market for about 25 years. In 2001 joined Japan Arts Corporation, and became President in 2018. Currently serving as Executive Director at Japan Association of Classical Music Presenters.
"Stay flexible and embrace change. The arts industry is known for its unpredictability with trends shifting rapidly. It's important to be open, to adjust your craft to align with the evolving landscape."
A native of Penang, Kenny Ooi is a social entrepreneur, active musician and producer in Asia. He has performed with various orchestras, chamber groups and masterclasses in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, and many others. He founded the inaugural Penang International Brass Festival in 2019, and subsequently, The Rondo Production, to develop Malaysia into a country which provides top-notch quality of music education and performance. His passion and effort have led to this recent achievement as one of the top 20 social enterprises in Australia & ASEAN, recognised by the Australian-ASEAN Council by the Australian Government. In the same year, he was selected as one of the 30 Young Music Leaders by the Southeast Asia Directors of Music (SEADOM). In 2021, he was nominated for the Asia Youth Leadership Award by the ASEAN Youth Advocates Network. He was a scholar at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, under the tutelage of Jon Dante and Lau Wen Rong from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
"Arts management is a truly challenging but rewarding job. Learn more about your craft and the creative industries so you can better ideate innovations, and foster productive relationships with the artists under your care."
Ms. Samodio is an arts manager with extensive work experience in advertising and public relations. She is the Culture and Arts Director of De La Salle University, a position she has held since 2002; and the Head of the Creative Industries Studies Network under the Center for Business Research and Development of the DLSU Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business. She was a recipient of an international fellowship program grant for arts managers from the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. in 2010. From 2010-2016, she was the secretary of the Committee on Cultural Education at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Currently, she is the chair of the ASEAN University Network on Culture and the Arts, Founding President of the Association of Cultural Offices in Philippine Educational Institutions, Inc., and a country governor and a vice chair of the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion.
"Arts and music always needs fresh blood and ideas!"
Studied musicology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland and at the Sorbonne University in Paris where he obtained a master's degree in Music Management. During his studies, SUCHORA gained experience working as Assistant Dramaturg at the Opéra Comique in Paris, as the Assistant at the Sorbonne University and as Junior Manager at the Target Live agency specializing in cultural marketing in London. In 2012, he founded SONORA music agency managing individual artists, generating and promoting international projects. Active worldwide, today SONORA music boasts a roster of international artists and the position of the most important classical music agency in Poland and in the region. SUCHORA enjoys traveling and learning foreign languages.
"Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy, but absolutely thrilling, ride!"
Mr. TAM leads the Performing Arts Division to deliver world-class programmes and performing arts venues and facilities in the West Kowloon Cultural District. He is responsible for steering the strategic planning and sustainable development of these venues and oversees their business direction, artistic development, venue operations, technical and production, facilities planning and delivery. Mr. TAM joined WKCDA in March 2020.
Mr. TAM is a seasoned arts executive with over 20 years of experience in performing arts management. Prior to joining WKCDA, Mr. TAM was the Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet, where he oversaw its strategic development, institutional advancement, brand-building, education and community outreach and international touring. Currently, Mr. TAM is Director of the International Society for the Performing Arts, Board Member and former Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Governor of the Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion and Advisor for Our Hong Kong Foundation.
"Think out of the box and be open-minded.
Dare to dream, dare to change."
Yun-Shiou TSAI is an artist manager and performing arts presenter / producer with comprehensive experience in arts management across diverse genres. She earned her M.A. in Musicology from National Taiwan University, specialising in social history of music. In 2010, she joined New Aspect Promotion Corporation Ltd in charge of the International Affairs and Program Department. With artistic insight, she has successfully organised and coordinated a wide array of projects including classical music concerts, dance and drama performances, international music festivals, exhibitions, fine/decorative art and collectible auctions, sea cruise, and circus troupes, overseeing the strategic planning of the corporation. With over a decade of experience, Yun-Shiou has built up close relationships with artists, offering consulting and artist management services. She currently serves as the Senior Director at New Aspect and the Secretary-General at FACP for the term 2023-2025.
"Be curious, not judgmental."
Graduated with an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Enterprises from the University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins) and a B.Sc. in European Studies from the Hong Kong Baptist University, Raymond WONG serves in performing arts for more than 20 years as producer of national and international programs, marketer, facilitator of cultural exchange projects and manager at venues and arts organizations. He joined the City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong from 2006 and served as Managing Director from 2014 to 2021. He was appointed as Deputy General Director of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) Taiwan in 2021, to oversee branding, audience engagement and visitor experience.
"Power of the Arts can change the world. Artist is an innovative explorer who can make that happen. Please challenge it!"
Yoori Lee is a theater producer specializing in the musical industry and an expert in policy, theory, and education related to performing arts.
She has contributed to developing Korea's commercial musical market and publicly subsidized performing arts market through her activities as Head of the Executive Committee of Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF), Chairman of the Board of the Korea Musical Theatre Association, Head of the Organizing Committee of the Korea Musical Awards, and Artistic Director of Seoul Performing Arts Company.
Moreover, she has been striving to train producers at universities and has established a professional training system for performing arts staffing as the President of the Korea Musical Theater Professors Association.
1."Be the change you wish to see in the world" —Gandhi
2."Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."—Helen Keller
The Director of Artistic Planning at National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) - one of Taiwan's three national performing arts centers - since January 2023. A seasoned arts manager with 30 years of professional experiences, Joanna is a graduate of the Columbia University with Master of Arts Management degree. Prior to joining Weiwuying, Joanna was the Director of International Programs at the Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation and toured Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and Cloud Gate 2 all over the world for more than 2 decades. Before that, she had also worked for the Han-Tang Yuefu Music and Dance Ensemble, Contemporary Legend Theatre, and Tai Gu Tales Dance Theatre, and New York City’s Queens Symphony Orchestra.
"1. Follow your passion, even when the path seems challenging. Your passion will be the guiding light to lead you through the darkest of forests
2. Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
3. Be modest and always keep your promises. These are the rules that will build your reputation"
Executive Director of OISTAT
"Remember, the arts have the power to inspire, challenge, and unite, so trust in your ability to make a meaningful contribution to the world."
Born in 1971, SASAI Yuko holds a Master's degree in Economics from Waseda University. She joined PIA Corporation in 1999, focusing on marketing research and played a key role in establishing PIA Research Institute, Inc. in October 2002. With over 20 years of experience, she has conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative research in the entertainment industry.
While at PIA Research Institute, SASAI edited and authored the "White Paper on Live Entertainment." She also oversaw customer analysis based on Ticket Pia's data, which includes more than 16 million members and annual ticket sales of approximately 64 million tickets.
In June 2016, she became the director of PIA Research Institute, and in June 2022, she assumed the role of executive officer at PIA Corporation, where she continues to work today.