Unravelling the Creative Industry in Brunei

Last month, the Chevening Brunei Association hosted the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum 2017 at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) to provide a platform for youth to discuss emerging creative industries and their impact on the economy. The topics discussed include unravelling the creative industry, commercialising creativity, and the creative industry ecosystem exploring three areas – industry collaboration, standards, and community development.

Titled Unravelling the Creative Industry, the forum was attended by over 120 stakeholders from the creative industries, from film to art, performing arts, music, TV, design, handicraft, publishing, advertising, architecture, and more. Attending as special guests were His Excellency Mr. Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner to Brunei, and Yang Berhormat Mr. Iswandy bin Ahmad, President of the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council and Appointed Member of the Legislative Council.

Fatin Arifin, Chevening Alumna (2013) and Founder and Convener of the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum said, 'The goal of the forum is to open up discussion surrounding the creative industry ecosystem and bring about collective insights on what we need to do to shape and develop the industry progressively driven by collaboration, community, and passion.'

Chevening Alumnus (2011) and President of Chevening Alumni Brunei, Matiin Kasim, said 'With the theme of Unravelling the Creative Industry, the event aimed to showcase the emerging creative industry in Brunei and to provide a discussion platform for the youth who are interested to venture in the creative industry. The event brought together established creativeprenuers, potential creativepreneurs, and relevant stakeholders who strive to develop the creative industry in Brunei. We hope that the participants benefited from attending this event and are able to turn their passion into success by stepping forward with their expertise and skills in the future to contribute to the nation’s economic development.'

Twenty speakers representing over 17 organisations from and related to the creative industry included:

  • Dr. Rui Oliveira Lopes, Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator for Art & Creative Technology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam;
  • Dato Paduka AR Haji Idris Haji Abas, CEO & Managing Director, Arkitek Idris; Mr Mohd Abdoh bin Haji Awg Damit, Act. Director, Culture and the Arts, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports;
  • Ms. Shinny Chia, Creative Director, The Collective;
  • Mr. Syen Sofian Abu Bakar, Principal Designer, Syensai & Co. & Founder, Designers Alliance Brunei;
  • Mr. Abdul Zainidi, Indie Filmmaker, Brurealism Pictures;
  • Ms. Amy Cheong, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Relentless Entertainment;
  • Ms. Liyana Hanif, Graphic Designer, Progresif Cellular; Ms. Osveanne Osman, Manager & Curator, Creative Space Art Gallery & Studio;
  • Ms. Nurkhalisah Ahmad, Founder & Director, Kaleidoscope Studio;
  • Ms. Hadthiah Hazair, Editor & Co-founder, The Scoop;
  • Ms. Charlotte Lim, Co-Founder, The Creative Core BN; and
  • Ms. Ying Chia, Co-founder, Heartwrite Co.

Since 2015, the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum (BCYF) has brought together over 750 young leaders at the national level to engage in the forums, workshops, and talk series that discuss insights, challenges, and opportunities to the development of Brunei. The forum is funded by the Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF) under the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and is supported by the British High Commission and UBD Corporation Sdn Bhd through in-kind sponsorship of the use of their facilities at The Core.