Penang to launch first creative economy event

Yeoh (in blue jacket) with Quinton Group’s international business development director Jason Lim (left) and other representatives showing posters for The Journey of Art in Komtar.

THE country’s first creative economy e-commerce live streaming event — The Journey of Art — will be held from Dec 12 to Jan 3 to support creative industries in Penang.

The event aims at assisting local talents in creative economy to take their businesses to digital platforms, overcoming problems and limitations brought about by border closures.

State creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the event is expected to boost the growth of the state’s creative economy.

“The Journey of Art will assist local talents and this is exceptionally important as we need to embrace and practise digitalisation, especially in the new normal era due to the pandemic.

“Artists and participants taking part can expect a string of sessions, ” he said in a press conference at Komtar on Tuesday.

He said during the course of the event, there would be sessions like a virtual showcase, performances, product and service reviews, promotions and a lucky draw.

“Each week, we will feature a specific theme, starting from handicraft, followed by painting, performances and a ‘Made in George Town’ theme.

“This allows us to accommodate more artists and benefit more local talents.

“We have identified methods, launched programmes and implemented strategies to help arts and cultural practitioners.

“We are also delighted to share that we have recently paved the way to international partnerships.

“This is by working with Thames International Business School to design a two-month ‘Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship Programme’.

“I have faith that with this series of empowerment programmes, including the event, our creative economy has strong potential to transform into an economic powerhouse for the state, ” he said.

Artists who are interested in the event may register at the registration link on the Penang

Art District Facebook page or call 04-261 6161 or email to

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