KUALA LUMPUR: Budget 2020 has given a boost to the arts, culture and heritage industry, allocating RM5mil to the Cultural Economy Development Agency, also known as Cendana, and RM10mil to Think City, a community-based urban regeneration organisation.
Cendana, set up by the government in 2017, works to enhance the economic value of art and culture with arts funding and programmes.
“We are very excited with the government’s commitment through the RM5mil allocation, and we are determined to work together with local artists and cultural workers, public and private stakeholders, and corporate partners, in promoting the power of the arts together, ” said Cendana’s founder and CEO Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin.
Think City managing director Hamdan Abdul Majeed said they welcomed the announcement.
The allocation, said Izan, would go a long way in helping Cendana establish Kuala Lumpur as an international city with strong contemporary arts and culture.
“This is as an important moment as we pivot towards the next phase of our journey. We started as a programme in Penang 10 years ago for the renewal of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site with an initial grant from the government.