Creating a City of Culture Costs – But We Should Happily Pay

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

August 2016 EDITORIAL
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Artists – be they painters or sculptors, musicians or even authors – need sponsors. They need patrons. In our commercial age, there is of course the market, through which some artists can succeed. Those are few though, and the so-called market often plays hard-to-get, prefers art and culture to be free of charge, and is also extremely fickle.And since the arts are about taste – and this varies greatly – most artists try to avoid being held hostage by popular...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: