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The Programme will kick off in Singapore, 30th January to 3rd February 2018 with a workshop led by Cariad Astles (UK), Jodi Thiele (Aus/SG) and Erina Saji (Japan).

For more on the Facilitators.


You will learn how to use the puppet arts for community development while in Singapore, so they may make plans to conduct their own workshops for an ASEAN community of your choice.


Between the months of April to July 2018, you will be expected to lead these community workshops in ASEAN using puppet education. The methods you have developed will be assessed and recorded by your peers and the instructors from Singapore.


Finally, the outcomes of the community workshops will be shared in Singapore and Jakarta, celebrating ASEAN’s anniversary. This is in the hopes of promoting creativity and non-formal education so that more vulnerable communities in Southeast Asia may receive a form of sustainable education that will benefit them in the long term.

For more on the programme details


Imagining ASEANPuppets for Social Change 

An ASEAN Youth Leadership Programme

By the ASEAN Puppet Exchange Project & Artsolute

An initiative to develop sustainable education programmes for vulnerable communities in ASEAN using the art of puppetry, a sustainable and indigenous form of education.


Creating a change in your Community & ASEAN

Facilitators Include:

Cariad Astles (UK)


Lecturer in Drama, Exeter University, Course Leader: BA Puppetry, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Jodi Anne Thiele (Australia/Singapore)

Artsolute Arts for psychosocial intervention; refugee and disaster relief in Southeast Asia; facilitator for ASEAN Puppet Exchange

Erina Saji (Japan)

Utervision Focuses on the joy of creativity; Japan’s representative for 2015-16’s ASEAN Puppet Exchange; working with Lao National Theatre.


Programme Details


The goals of the programme are to develop a peer-to-peer young creatives network for ASEAN as well as provide skills in innovative thinking and communications with the arts for communities with needs.


Communities targeted for assistance include survivors of natural disaster, ethnic minorities, low-income groups, and persons with special needs.


The Programme will be conducted in 3 phases:



Phase One

Puppets for Change Workshop, Singapore,

30th January - 3rd February  2018

A 5- day workshop where you will learn how to create an effective and engaging arts programme for communities with unmet needs.

The workshop will focus on how the puppet arts can be used to create community dialogue. It also serves as an opportunity to learn about the other needs of Southeast Asians.

The programme will conclude with an ASEAN-wide plan on how you and your fellow participants shall impact different people in Southeast Asia with your new skills!


Phase Two

ASEAN Community Programmes

April - July 2018

This is where you will get the opportunity to execute your social impact programmes in the communities you wish to aid. 

You will receive support with expert mentors and facilitators guiding you through the process, and seed funds to initiate the programme. You will also support and be supported by your peers, as you witness and compare your understanding and outcomes with one another.


Phase Three

ASEAN Day Celebration Presentations, Singapore & Jakarta

August 2018

To conclude the programme select participants will present the outcomes of Phase 2's community programmes to ASEAN leaders and their Dialogue Partners during the weeks of ASEAN's 51st Anniversary.

Workshop Programme

Application details

Interested persons are to fill in the application form by 10th January.


Applicants should have 2 or more years of experience in community work or the puppet and performing arts.

They need to be available for the full 5 days in Singapore from 30th January to 3rd February and must have a few weeks available for the workshops from April to July 2018.


Applicants should also have a community project they would like to develop in their own countries, especially within ASEAN.


Course Fee

A course fee of S$300 applies (excluding travel and accommodations), however, support for ASEAN applicants under the Singapore-ASEAN Youth Fund is available for those under the age of 35.

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