Welcome to the 34th Annual Conference of the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) in Penang, Malaysia 2016.
This is the second FACP Conference to be held in Malaysia. The first was in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, which was 7 years ago. This year, we are so grateful to have our Conference in George Town, which is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, in this beautiful island of Penang, Malaysia.
We are also happy to tie-up this FACP Conference with the George Town Festival. Festivals like this are a very important foundation of performing arts industry.
Our theme this year is very timely: “Arts Marketing / Audience Building and Arts Education - Traditional Arts and Classical Music”.
We warmly welcome Prof. Hardy Yong Xiangas, Vice Dean of Peking University, as the keynote speaker for this Conference. We also welcome Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister.
FACP is a unique organization in Asia where people from the performing arts industry, orchestras, concert venues, artist management, conservatories, music schools and the like, are gathering together to build networks and as well as to exchange information and ideas.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Joe Sidek and George Town Festival staff for all their hardwork.
I am sure that the 3-day Conference in Penang will be a valuable experience for all of you.