From the Desk of the Festival Director: Arts and Capacity Building


From the Desk of the Festival Director: Arts and Capacity Building

How does DiverseCity create such outsized benefits and impacts? We are laser-focused on capacity building among local arts practitioners. Almost every programme is a specially-created full-length work by Malaysian creatives, many with renowned foreign collaborators, which further elevates standards and quality. In 2017, there were only three foreign productions underwritten by the festival.

We make sure we set goals the right way, emphasising objectives and key results. Is it significant? We have raised RM7.5 million of seed funding from the government in the past three years, matching it with at least RM18 million of sponsorship, support and ticket sales from other stakeholders. At present, we provide the most significant arts grant funding scheme to established Malaysian artists that is not on a reimbursement basis.

Is it concrete? The headline numbers speak for themselves. Last September, the festival ran for five weeks at 20 locations, presenting over 50 events and attracting 33,000 visitors from at least 20 nationalities.


This is an excerpt from KLIAF Festival Director Datin Sunita Rajakumar’s article in The Edge on 29 July 2018.


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