The Malraux Seminar is an initiative from the Joint Declaration between Singapore and France to advance bilateral cooperation on innovation. The seminar is also a key programme in the France-Singapore Year of Innovation.
On 12th March, the Singapore-France Malraux Seminar gathered major French and Singapore cultural leaders, policy makers and practitioners to discuss new trends and innovations in the arts and culture sector at the National Gallery Singapore.
Jointly organised by the French Ministry of Culture, Singapore’s Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the Culture Academy Singapore and the Embassy of France – Institut Français Singapore, the 2018 Malraux Seminar aims to deepen bilateral exchanges and encourage thought leadership in the domain of culture, technology and design. The theme for this year’s Seminar was “Cultural Innovation in the 21st Century – Staying Relevant, Creating Value & Embracing Everyone“.
A large French delegation comprising top representatives from the French Ministry of Culture, Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles, Centre for National Monuments, Centre Pompidou Modern Art Museum, Universcience, Musée du Quai Branly, Museum of Decorative Arts, Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, Festival de Pâques and Les Théâtres attended the seminar.
The French delegation had engaging and thought provoking discussions with their Singaporean counterparts from MCCY and major local art institutions including National Gallery Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, National Library Board, National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Esplanade, GovTech and Urban Redevelopment Authority.
The Malraux Seminar was established in France in 1994 and is named after well-known novelist and art theorist, André Malraux (1901 – 1976). The Seminar has since been hosted by different countries each year and provides an intellectual platform for arts, culture and heritage professionals in France and a host nation to come together to engage in dialogue and for sharing and exchange of ideas, expertise and experiences.