Chee encouraged those involved in arts to create their own opportunities as well by connecting with like-minded individuals to stage shows, explaining that was how Five Arts Centre began with the collaboration and initiative of five arts practitioners.
He lamented on the lack of media support and interest for arts events in Penang. He said that even in KL, they are still fighting for media, financial and technical support for arts. “People who make art need infrastructural support as much as those who want art should lobby for greater infrastructural support.”.
He called for an appreciation for arts to be instilled from young, urging school teachers to take the children out to attend art exhibitions and plays as there is a government funding provision for such visits.
Meanwhile Johan Othman, the musical director and composer for ‘Conference of the Birds’, similarly felt that creativity is not much encouraged among school students nowadays, with focus of students centred on serious examination subjects.
About 50 people, including arts educators, music students and arts enthusiasts attended the talk moderated by Himanshu Bhatt, actor/director of Cape Poetics.