Think City, George Town Festival and the Southeast Asian Creative Cities Network, comprising the cities of Bandung, Cebu, Chiang Mai and George Town organised a Creative Cities Forum & Design Showcase in Penang from 1 – 2 August, 2014


The project in Penang explored the wide spectrum of creativity through knowledge exchange, a design showcase, and joint projects amongst the creative cities of Southeast Asia.


The forum explored the role of creativity in city making, product development and design.


The project is an inaugural effort to expand collaboration and cooperation amongst the partners of the Southeast Asian Creative Cities Network. The project will explore the many avenues to nurture and empower Southeast Asian talent, and help strengthen regional industry support.



Keynote Speech

Creative Cities in Asia by Martin Venzky-Stalling



Plenary 1 – Creative City Making

Architecture: Its Role in Cebu’s Past and Aspirations Towards the Future by Buck Richnold Sia

Creative City? Responsive Citizens! by Dwinita Larasati

The Tourism Perspective by Ooi Geok Ling

Penang, the Making of a Creative State by Loo Lee Lian



Plenary 2 – Creativity, Innovation and Design 1

Masters Train Masters by Eric Leong

The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in a Creative Economy by Kasemsak Uthaichana

TCDC@Charoenkrung, Dance With Positive Chaos by Noppadol Weerakitti


Plenary 3 – Creativity, Innovation and Design 2

Ancient Craft, Modern Design: The Story of Songket by Suryani Senja Alias

Handmade Chiang Mai by Premrudee Kullasu Design Trends in Chiang Mai by Tul Lekuthai Design from a Craft Producer Perspective by Nopporn Keawnew

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