2 arts journalists selected for the Virtual Crossovers e-residency

2 arts journalists selected for the Virtual Crossovers e-residency

ENCATC and ASEF culture360 are delighted to announce the selected arts journalists that will take part in Virtual Crossovers e-residency.

Following an open call for applications from 22 February to 22 March 2021, Tola Say from Cambodia and Klaudia Chzhu from the Russian Federation have been selected from the 30 applications received. Each selected journalist will work under the guidance of a mentor from the other region over the course of one month with the objective of writing a piece on the topic of cultural diplomacy between Asia and Europe. Each week, the 2 journalists will share their progress on culture360 Instagram channel.

SAY Tola is a passionate writer and researcher of arts. She worked for Khmer Times from 2017 to 2019 during which she wrote about the arts scene in Cambodia. She was also on the core organising team for the ‘Khmer Literature Festival’ and ‘Battambang Literature Festival’ for three years. Her keen interest in arts and culture research saw her playing a significant role in ‘Her Sounds’ project as a coordinator in 2019. That year, she also became a resident researcher with Heritage Hub Residency at the REPfest New Traditional Music Festival. In 2020, Tola worked as a research assistant on an international project called “Documenting the instrument and instrument-making of Angkuoch, Cambodian Mouth Harp” as part of the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme. All these projects gave her the opportunity to travel throughout Cambodia to witness diverse arts and cultural practices in various communities.

The selected journalist from Asia will be mentored by ENCATC member Dr. Carla Figueira, Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy and of the MA in Tourism and Cultural Policy at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London and Dr. Musa Igrek, a researcher who has worked as an arts and culture journalist more than a decade between Istanbul and London. 

Klaudia CHZHU is an emerging arts and cultural manager from Russia. She studied History at the Moscow State University, specializing in Modern and Contemporary History of Europe and America, majoring in Sino-American relations during WWII. She holds MA in Arts & Cultural Management from Universidad Internacional de Cataluña (UIC Barcelona). Together with her master’s colleague from Iran, Klaudia defended the masters’ final project on Saving Cultural Heritage in times of conflict. After completing her study, she founded Art & Culture Inside, an online platform covering Contemporary Art and Cultural Heritage. Throughout 2021, Klaudia has been selected as one of the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors representing Russia and its cultural heritage by reporting for European Heritage Tribune, networking with other Youth Ambassadors and taking part in ESACH and Europa Nostra activities.

The selected journalist from Europe will be mentored by Professor Kiwon Hong, a researcher and professor at the Korea National University of Arts, School of Drama, who read Aesthetics and Public Administration in Seoul National University (B.A.), New York University (M.P.A.) and Yonsei University (Ph.D). 

Virtual Crossovers is a one-month virtual residency and mentorship programme organised by in partnership with ENCATC.

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