The asian continent, home to several parent civilization and over half of humanity, is today at a crossroads. Pressing issues - regarding trade, security, identity and the environment to name just a few - transcend our national and historical boundaries. As the local and the plural jostle with the global evolving skills, The Asian Heritage Foundation (AHF) provides an eco-system of empowerment with innovative entrepreneurship to script a sustainable future for a challenged cultural continuum.
It is committed to exploring new paradigms of growth sing our region's rich repository of skills, catalyzing collaborative design-led initiatives.
It initiates programs that span research and documentation, training and transmission, promotion & conservation of the subcontinent's diverse heritage.
It seeks civil society participation in a movement for a peaceful and modern region by serving international cross-cultural dialogue.
It aims to support projects that reconcile the frictions between people, technology and nature, between the old and new, the East and West that are manifest in cultural products and services.
Eventually everything connects -people, ideas, objects The quality of the connection is the key to quality per se.
To be a painter one must know sculpture To be an architect one must know dance Dance is possible only through music And poetry therefore is essential
Historically, all the arts were mutually supportive, issuing from a common set of concerns, befitted by informed patronage and the marketplace. These dialogues between commerce and culture, between ther arts, crafts, architecture and design are the key to answering contemporary social needs.Design is an the ascendant everywhere. differentiating and energizing the blurring categories of product, service, communication, marketing, building and the life choices we make.
"The industries of the imagination, content, knowledge, innovation and creativity clearly are the industries of the future..... They are also important contributory factors to employment and economic growth"
Cultural industries are defined as those industries which produce tangible or intangible artistic and creative outputs, and which have a potential for wealth creation and income generation through the utilization of cultural assets and production of knowledge based goods and services ( both traditional and contemporary). What cultural industries have in common is that they all use creativity, cultural knowledge and intellectual property to produce products and services with social and cultural meaning.
...driven by asia's creative skills exploring new paradigms of growth with design led initiatives...