US embassy celebrates creative industries and entrepreneurship

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE US embassy hosted a reception yesterday to celebrate the creative industries and entrepreneurship in Brunei Darussalam.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman attended the event held at the residence of US Ambassador, Craig Allen.

Members of the local arts scene and entrepreneurs were among the guests at the event, which featured three special presentations delivered by founder of United Network Entertainment YAM Pg Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia, founder of Designer Alliance Brunei Syen Sofian and singer-songwriter Maria Grace Koh.

Ambassador Allen said, “The US embassy strongly backs entrepreneurship and the creative arts in Brunei Darussalam, and we are pleased to host this event to provide creative artists and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to hear from each other and to discuss their achievements as well as the challenges they face.”

“Here in this one room, we have an incredible collection of talented, artistic, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial people. All of you have one thing in common: you are people who determine the conversation; you are agents of change, and you contribute so much to the development of your community and country,” he said.

Allen added that creative industries and entrepreneurship were central to Brunei’s goal of economic diversification and growth.

He said the embassy was proud to have supported these efforts by promoting the protection of intellectual property rights, nominating locals to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and bringing in American musicians and artists to the sultanate.

“Brunei has so much talent to share with the world. I am convinced this is just the beginning. So my message to you all is to continue to do what you enjoy, be determined and always look for opportunities to showcase your talent.”

Guests were also treated to a performance by local singer Kala Karwanamurthi, who represented Brunei during the 2015 World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

During the event, guests were invited to take part in creating a mural designed for the reception by Dr Shui Kong Ho, an arts professor from Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The Brunei Times