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Festival of Southeast Asia in Oxford 2016

The Oxford Southeast Asia Festival aims to promote awareness and understanding of Southeast Asia, bring together Oxford’s significant Southeast Asian community, and better develop relations between the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, the City of Oxford, and Oxford’s school aged children and students.

All events are free and open to the public unless stated. Spaces are limited. It is strongly advised that you register in advance.

Please note: The Exhibitions and the Southeast Asian Documentary Film Festival do not require advance registration.


  • The SEA Documentary Film Festival schedule for Saturday 16 April 9am-1.30pm has changed significantly. Please see below for updates.
  • Cancellation: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Peter Popham is unable to attend the Festival. His panel on Thursday morning, 9am-10.30am, is cancelled.
  • Addition: Zunar, the award-winning cartoonist, will be speaking on Thursday at 1.30pm in Room C3 at the Mathematical Institute.
  • Cancellation: We regret that due to illness, Goenawan Mohamed is unable to attend the Festival/Symposium. The Oxford English Dictionary/Oxford Global Languages panel at 11am on Friday 15 April will go on without him. His panel at 1.30pm on Friday 15 April, “In Conversation with Goenawan Mohamed” is cancelled. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


13 to 24 April 2016

  • Photographic exhibition of Southeast Asian Vernacular Architecture
    St Antony’s College – Free
  • Discounts for registered Southeast Asian Studies Symposium participants at the following restaurants:

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13 April to 24 April 2016

  • Museum and Library Exhibitions, including Southeast Asia Trails, at:
    • Ashmolean Museum
    • Bodleian Library
    • Botanic Gardens
    • Pitt Rivers Museum
    • Museum of Natural History

14 April 2016 (Thursday)

  • Display of Southeast Asian art (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 0900 – 1030:”The Lady and the Generals”: In Conversation with Peter Popper (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 1100 – 1230: “Timor-Leste and Southeast Asia, democracy and human rights”: Keynote lecture by HE José Ramos-Horta (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 1330 – 1530: “Freedom of Expression in Malaysia”: In conversation with Zunar (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 2000 – 2100: A Concert for Cambodia: A musical journey from medieval Europe to modern Cambodia in aid of the Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children, Cambodia (Somerville College Chapel) – tickets for a £15 donation to the Kampot School

15 April 2016 (Friday)

  • 1100 – 1230: “From abaca to teh tarik: languages, dictionaries, and community building in Southeast Asia” – roundtable with the Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Global Languages (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 1330 – 1530: “The Human Environment of Indonesian Literature Today: In Conversation with Goenawan Mohamad (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 1600 – 1800: “Business and the Environment – Towards a Sustainable Future in Indonesia”: keynote lecture by Hashim S. Djojohadikusumo (Mathematical Institute – Free)

16 April 2016 (Saturday)

  • Display of Southeast Asian art (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 0900 – 1700: Southeast Asian Documentary Film Festival (St Antony’s College – Free)
    • 0900–1030: Resistance and Counter-culture in Myanmar: Voices from the Urban Margins
    • 1045–1330: Freedom and Forgiveness in Singapore
      • 1045–1130 Away from Ayah (13 min/ Singapore/ children of prisoners)
        followed by a discussion with filmmaker TAN Si Hui
      • 1135–1315 To Singapore With Love  (70 min/Singapore/political freedom)
        followed by a discussion with the participants of the documentary – ANG Swee Chai & TAN Wah Piow, moderated by Miriam Mokhtar
    • 1330–1500: Freedom of Expression in Malaysia and the Philippines
    • 1515–1645: Life and Loss in Indonesia and the Philippines
      • Apa Kabar Potehi? (20 min/ Indonesia/ dying culture)
      • Nick and Chai (70 min/Philippines/natural disasters)
    • 1700–1830: Citizenship in Malaysia and Myanmar
      • Sinidket (25min/Malaysia/identity and electoral fraud)
      • Across (60 min/Myanmar/sustainable development and local rights)
    • 1845–2100: The Meaning of Home in Indonesia and Malaysia
      • Memory as Resistance (20 min/ Malaysia/ cultural and housing rights)
      • Jalanan (107 min/Indonesia/Underclass)
  • 1100 – 1230: Balinese Dance in the Contemporary World: Bringing Agems to Oxford (Mathematical Institute – Free)
  • 1330 – 1700: An Afternoon of Southeast Asian Dance (Mathematical Institute – Free)
    • 1.30pm: Lila Bhawa & the Oxford Gamelan Society
    • 2.30pm: Carmencita Palermo
    • 3.30pm: Putu Geniki Lavinia Natih
    • 3.45pm: Dancers from the Indonesian Student Association, Oxford
    • 4pm: The Thai Music Circle in the UK

17 April 2016 (Sunday)

  • 0900 – 1700: Southeast Asian Documentary Film Festival (St Antony’s College – Free)
    • 0900: The Third Eye (64 min/Thailand/natural disasters, sustainable development, local rights)
    • 1015: The Last of the Elephant Men (86 min/Cambodia/local rights, sustainable development)
    • 1200: Across (60 min/Myanmar/sustainable development and local rights)
    • 1315: Michael’s (48 min/Myanmar/citizenship and identity)
    • 1415: 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy (96 min/Indonesia/genocide)
    • 1600: 1987: Untracing the Conspiracy (60 min/Singapore/political freedom)
    • 1715: To Singapore With Love (70 min/Singapore/political freedom)
    • 1845: Portraits of Mosquito Press (54 min/Philippines/media freedom)
    • 1945: Nick and Chai (70 min/Philippines/natural disasters)

How to Book

As spaces are limited, we strongly advise you to register in advance for all events.

Thanks to:

Festival Organiser Dr Phyllis Ferguson


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