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Mekong Cultural Hub/British Council SEAΔ program 2018 for cultural practitioners

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Application Deadline: September 1st, 2018

SEAΔ is a program co-created by Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council which creates space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work in arts and culture can contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia through their individual and collective leadership.

Each year we will select 10 Fellows from 10 countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

The program has 4 main gatherings spread over a one-year period where Fellows get together. Each gathering takes place in a different country and has a unique purpose:  exchange, create, share then reflect.

How does SEAΔ work?
  • All 10 Fellows will come to SEAΔ with an idea for a cultural project they would like to implement alongside a platform for sustainable development in South East Asia. During the program, the Fellows will collaborate with each other over 4 stages : to exchange project ideas, create their plans, share the project with the public and reflect on the experience.
  • At each SEAΔ gathering Fellows will also build their skills and networks, through masterclasses,activities and visits integrated into the program.
  • By the end of the year, Fellows will have visited four SEA countries, expanded their knowledge of the role arts can play in society, and developed their leadership abilities.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to apply to SEAΔ you must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries, and resident in that same country for the majority of the year, and fit the profile below:
  • Committed to a career in arts and culture (with at least 5-10 years existing experience in the sector)
  • Are already engaging with social and development issues through your work in the arts and culture
  • Are active and engaged in the arts sector in your home country
  • Have led other people to realise projects or programs in your home country (this can be informal)
  • Have some experience of working with regional peers/partners (whether at home or abroad)
  • Be able to communicate comfortably in English (speaking and listening essential, and basic reading and writing for email communication needed) which will be the shared language of the program

Applicants from Taiwan must also:

  • Have an existing connection to SEA culture sector, and a clear desire and intention to grow their collaborations with SEA
  • Be culturally sensitive and able to blend into the cultural context of the program and the region
Applicants from the UK must meet all the criteria above, and also:
  • Must be a UK citizen of diverse background and have a strong, current connection to SEA which will enable to sustain networks after the program finished and have a clear intention to grow their collaborations within SEA.
  • Culturally sensitive and able to blend into the cultural context of the program and the region


The program is an opportunity develop yourself, to develop and work with others, and to make an impact on society:
1. Skills and leadership development: presentation skills, advocacy & influencing skills, entrepreneurial thinking, individual personal development plan and masterclasses from mentors & inspiring speakers from different sectors
2. Partnership development: new professional and personal networks through collaborative working, regional travel
and peer mentoring
3. Knowledge and values: Exposure to the diverse histories , social, economic and cultural context of SEA through travel to four Asian countries during the one-year program and a deeper understanding of the unique role that arts & culture can play in the
South East Asia’s sustainable development Commitment expected from

Application Procedure:

Important note: All applicants must either already have a valid passport which must not expire the end of June 2019 or be able to get a valid passport in time for the start of the program. If you do not currently have a passport and would like to discuss this with us, please contact Jennifer Lee:
If you feel you fit the criteria and want to apply, please prepare:
  • Completely filled application form
  • CV with time/period description of professional experiences of arts and culture SEAΔ information pack, Application Form and Personal Info Consent Form can be found at:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Mekong Cultural Hub/British Council SEAΔ program 2018

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