Asia on the Edge 2013 (Hong Kong): Creative Mapping of Asia


Creative minds to converge in Hong Kong


Some 120 creative entrepreneurs and arts practitioners from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries will converge in Hong Kong for a four-day conference from 4-7 July with an aim of incubating new ideas and exploring opportunities.


The Asia On the Edge (AOTE) 2013, to be held in Hong Kong for the first time, is co-organised by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in Singapore, the Hong Kong Fringe Club and Singapore's Old Parliament House Limited.


AOTE is an annual event first organized in 2008 by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit enterprise in Singapore committed to enriching lives through arts and cultural initiatives,  With the support of HKETO in Singapore, it will be brought to Hong Kong this year.


The event provides a platform for creative leaders in the region to exchange and share experience and information and to explore business opportunities.  They will attend a line-up of programmes of keynote speech, trade talks, panel as well as visits to arts facilities in Hong Kong.


The Director of HKETO in Singapore, Mr Fong Ngai, said, "We are excited to bring together 120 delegates from ASEAN countries to Hong Kong.  Through AOTE 2013, these inventive minds can exchange ideas, enkindle interests and explore opportunities in Hong Kong."


The cultural and economic ties between Hong Kong and ASEAN countries dated years back and are ever growing.  Not only is ASEAN the second largest trading partner of Hong Kong, Hong Kong is also one of ASEAN's top investors.  Hong Kong's creative industries also have a long history in ASEAN.


"Hong Kong and ASEAN are so rich in culture and heritage, and are full of innovative ideas.  Together we stand to gain more from creative collaboration like AOTE 2013, riding on the world's shifting of focus to the east," Mr Fong noted.


Benny Chia , Founder and Director of Hong Kong Fringe Club, co-organiser and local host of AOTE 2013, said, "This is the first time a major gathering of leaders and practitioners in the creative industry from ASEAN countries take place in Hong Kong.  We are both proud and excited to be the local host and co-organiser of the event."


Colin Goh, Chief Executive Officer of The Old Parliament House Limited, said the AOTE 2013 would facilitate the exchange between ASEAN and Hong Kong's leading creative entrepreneurs, to highlight creative hotspot sectors and identify trends in the ASEAN domain.  Lyndon Yeo, Organising Chairman of AOTE 2013 and Managing Director of Intermedia Global added that the conference was an vent to build new business network and relationships with emerging Asian movers and shakers in the creative industries.


The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, will officiate at the opening ceremony of the event.


The keynote address will be delivered by Mr Wilfred Wong Ying-wai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.  Among the speakers at AOTE 2013 are Mr Michael Tay, Executive Director, Russia-Singporea Business Forum and Founding Executive Director, Centre for Emerging Markets, Singapore Management University.


Other speakers are Me Jerry Liu, Head of CreateHK; Mr Doseba T. Sinay, Director of Putera Sampoerna Foundation, Indonesia; Mr Alan Lo, Co-founder and Director, Press Room Group, Hong Kong; Mr Calvin Hui, Founder and Artistic Director, 3812 Contemporary Art Projects, Co-chairman and Director, Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong; Mr Joe Sidek, Festival Director, George Town Festival, Malaysia; and Mr Tin Maung Win, Managing Director, SNC Corporation, Myanmar.


The delegates comes from creative industries spanning across hospitality, media, film, publishing and design industries, as well as institutions driving the growth of creative sectors in ASEAN countries.


Asia On The Edge Hong Kong  2013 (4 – 7 July) Programme Schedule

4 July 2013, Thursday (Venue: The Fringe Club, Hong Kong)

6:30pm Welcome Address
Introductory Remark
Opening of Asia on the Edge Hong Kong 2013
8:00pm Free and Easy


5 July 2013, Friday (Venue: The Fringe Club, Hong Kong)

8:00am Depart from Hotel to The Fringe Club
9:15am Refreshments and Networking
10:00am Opening Address Creative Economies in ASEAN region –
Repositioning to the rising challenges of the 21st Century
10:45am Panel Discussions
12:00pm Networking Lunch
1:45pm Depart for Industry Visits
2:30pm Industry Visits (Kowloon)
6:45pm Buffet Dinner at The Fringe Club
8:00pm Ambassadors of Comedy
Stand-up comedy performance
9:45pm Depart from The Fringe Club to Hotel


6 July 2013, Saturday (Venue: The Fringe Club, Hong Kong)

8:00am Pick up from Hotel to The Fringe Club
9:30am How to nurture and promote creative industries in Hong Kong
10:00am Pitch It! (Closed door session)
10:15am Breakout Session I: Creative Mapping of Asia 
11:15am Breakout Session II: Creative Mapping of Asia
12:15pm Networking Lunch Buffet
1:00pm - 2:00pm Breakout Session III (*runs concurrently with Hong Kong Heritage Visit)
Dialogue on Vision and Challenges with Publishers, Editors and Authors – Sharing Session
1:00 pm Hong Kong Heritage Visit
(*runs concurrently with Breakout Session III & Sharing Session)
3:30pm Closing Reception at The Fringe Club
Announcement of Pitch It! winner
5:00am Pick up from The Fringe Club to Hotel
8:00pm Free & Easy/Bar Hopping


7 July 2013, Sunday 

10:00am Free and Easy
3:20pm Departure of Delegates (Timing Varies accordingly)


Programme Enquiries: Christy Chow (Project Manager) | +852 2521 9126

More details:

Download programme booklet here.

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