I was, nominated by National Arts Council (Singapore) and, invited by ACO Okinawa and Japan Foundation Asia Center to attend the Asian TYA Network. ricca ricca*festa has formed the ATYA (Asian Alliance of Theatre Festivals for Young Audiences) with 13 other TYA festivals in the East & Southeast Asia region and is the chair festival for the alliance.
This year, ricca ricca*festa, together with Japan Foundation Asia Center, invited 18 participants from the Southeast Asia region to join in the exchange of ideas and share about the TYA climate in each of our regions. We were also accompanied by some international delegates, from Italy, Scotland, Denmark from ASSITEJ International.
Currently, as a creative producer in TYA and working towards setting up a more vibrant scene in Singapore for TYA, attending this forum was a serendipitous way forward for us to connect with our regional and international like-minded partners, and most importantly, to learn about best practices in the field.
During the festival, we were tasked to have conversations with one another and it was wonderful how the various activities and festival environment at ricca ricca*festa made it possible and conducive.
We look forward to be a part of the ATYA Network, and to continue to network with our regional counterparts, and understand best practices from the established international partners. Also, we would love to be able to engage with ACO Okinawa in the next phase of this project, and see how we can benefit our Singaporean artists in creating a more vibrant TYA environment for our local audiences. And in time, share our practices and works with our partners in the region.
Independent Creative Producer