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The Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP), a non-government organization registered in Singapore began in the midsummer of 1979. As Dr. Lucresia Kasilag, then President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Mr. Hsu Po Yun, President of New Aspect Promotion Corporation, were having an in depth discussion about the cultural interactions on performing and visual arts amongst regions in Asia, they realized that many of the communications were limited to very few alliances or networks. In terms of cross-continental activities between the east and the west, the exchange that time was very limited and therefore, the effects of cultural events were minimal, costly, and inefficient. The flow of communications between each country in the Asian region was greatly deficient when compared with the interactions between Europe or America. Needless to say, the promotion of Asian cultures to the west was very scarce.

The FACP was established in 1981 to promote intra-Asian cultural exchanges and facilitate international touring of artists. Its founding representatives included Dr. Lucresia Kasilag of Manila, Mr. Hsu Po Yun of Taipei, Mr. Tadashi Yokoyama of Nippon Cultural Center, Mr. Seong-Tae Kim of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and also Mr. Apratty, a representative from UNESCO. The FACP provides a platform for the member cities to gather in an annual conference to network, connect, exchange ideas, discuss issues concerning the arts and entertainment industries in the Asia-Pacific region, and to forge greater cooperation among member cities.

History of FACP

On August 11, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion was officially formed under the leadership of Dr.Lucrecia, R,Kasiling, the then Chairman of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex and Mr.Hsu Po Yun, the President of New Aspect Promotion Corporation. Its founding representatives also included Mr.Tadashi Yokoyama of the Nippon Cultural Center, Mr Seong-tae KIM of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and also representative from UNESCO, Mr.Apratty. In the meeting, they came up with the six prominent decisions:

- Came to agreement that the organization should be named Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP). FACP shall be a non-political and non-profitable international cultural organization.

- The Constitution was drafted and the final version was set after a editing and drafting process that took three years to complete.

- Due to special and complicated political situations for the political and economical aspects for different regions and nations in Asia, it was a resolution that the Federation should be culturally based, and each region should be represented by its capital city; in order to avoid controversies due political associations.

- Assertively encourage important guests of honor and observers from other parts of the world than Asia - Fortify the interaction between regions in Asia.

- Agreed that the second annual conference would be held in Taipei, the 3rd in Tokyo, and the 4th in Seoul.

In the following years, its members increased exponentially with members from Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur,Macau and Jakarta. In 1983, Beijing also appointed two observing guests to take part in the 3rd annual conference in Tokyo, and in year 1990 at the 9th annual FACP conference, a Melbourne representative was welcomed into the organization to become a member of FACP.(Melbourne applied to become a member in 1985 and after 5 years of
vigorous discussion, the region’s membership was finally approved).

In the 90’s, a mid-term governor meeting were held annually, taking place in different cities each time, and the hostingcities included Bali Island, Lisbon of Portugal, Taipei, Luala Lumpur, Tokyo and Gyeongju.

In 2001, the region of China with Beijing being the regional representative officially became a FACP member. Following this, FACP began to include many subjects for discussion on Chinese cultural events, resources, information, and developments. Additionally, FACP also expanded its connection to the further western regions, and an example of this could be seen from the annual conference in Urumqi 2006, which is located at the western part of China and is famous for the Silk Road. The representatives of FACP hoped that through this congregation at this location a modern cultural Silk Road could be embarked.

In the past over 30 years of FACP’s history, our federation has strived to be one of the most important international performing arts and cultural promoting conference and one of the vital cultural orgarnizations globally with emphasis on connecting the east and west. We hope that each participating members and observers can benefit from FACP with increase in their cultural productions annually and enrich the art life in Asia.

Ir. H. Joko WIDODO, the President-elect of Indonesia and the then Mayor of Solo city of Indonesia, where FACP 2012 annual Conference was held, stood out to host the FACP conference and made it successfully. In October 2014, he will be shown-in as President of Indonesia. He is well-known as using power of culture for governance.

At the 2013 Annual Conference in Chiang Mai, Tailand, Mr. Masami SHIGETA was elected as the enw Chairman of FACP for the next three years. He intended to set a new direction for FACP in order to raise its profile internationally and to introduce new programmer and activities.