The arts provide a universal language that breaks down cultural divides, celebrates diversity and inspires togetherness. This year’s winners in the artistic and cultural achievement category have both achieved great success sharing their varied artistic endeavours with the world. We invited them to share their stories.
Winner: Hung Yue Ng from Hong Kong
An ambassador for arts: promoting a happy community
As an ambassador for arts, Hung Yue spends much of her time working and volunteering at various events including the OzAsia Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and the Transitions Film Festival. She’s also completed an internship at the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and is one of the advocates in the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2017 GreenRoom Advocacy Program.
Her love of music and performance has taken her from performing during her time as a student at Immanuel College, to a music degree in Melbourne, and now back to Adelaide to complete a Master of Management (Arts and Cultural Management) at UniSA.
What inspired your love for arts and culture?
As a young child, my parents brought me to concerts and inspired a lifelong love of music and dance and a determination to make a career in the arts and cultural sector.
I see artistic endeavours as a way to balance the happiness deficit. Artistic and cultural events gather people together and deliver positivity, motivating me to contribute to public arts and culture events.
Describe what receiving this award means to you
It is a beautiful summary of everything that I have done and learned. I’ve had so many wonderful experiences, and I know that I will continue to build my career in performing and organising arts festivals and events.
Where’s your favourite place to spend your free time in Adelaide?
Highly Commended: Jayee Teh from Malaysia
Since arriving in Adelaide, Jayee has actively engaged in promoting Chinese culture through arts and music events. She believes sharing of cross-cultural communication helps us to appreciate and celebrate the blessings of multiculturalism.
Jayee loves how multiculturalism is celebrated in Adelaide and is keen to continue sharing her Chinese-Malaysian culture with her community through music, events and the arts.