February 18, 2019, by Ayip Budiman
The Creatives Spirit of Second Cities
Life can be tougher for people who live outside the capital in terms of livelihoods, job availability, and other undeveloped aspects. I found that creative spaces have sprung up in these ‘second cities’; for instance, Scoop Point in Penang, which creates space of work and privacy where innovation and creativity of digital nomads and local creatives can be fostered. It provides facilities and runs programs related to its vision. There is also Hin Bus Depot, a community art space that supports and nurtures emerging artists by providing a channel for their creativity. Located in the heart of Georgetown, Hin Bus Depot is established in a vast location, which is divided into the gallery, resto and cafe, artist studios, offices, skate park, retail outlets, and multi-function rooms. And at Ipoh I found Peace Be Upon You (PBUY) a concept store and coffee shop with charming rooms for chit-chat that exhibit artwork. Furthermore, I found Peace Be Upon You (PBUY) in Ipoh, a concept store and coffee shop with charming rooms for small talks also to exhibit artworks.
Meeting with Adam founder of Peace be Upon You and we enjoy our last night in Ipoh there and discuss with Bang Syed
I realized that the character of the people I met there was really interesting, especially their warm hospitality and humility. A visit to these “second cities” is a special experience that really is interesting, authentic, and culturally meaningful. In this trip, I tried to initiate collaborations between Rumah Sanur Creative Hub with similar creative space in Penang and Ipoh especially based on cultural value. With this, I hope we can learn a lot about the challenges in managing local resources and developing products for impact.
At Scoopoint I met the co-founder Mei Tan
There are certainly similarities with our growing Indonesian creative communities—particularly those who live in Bali—which is marked by the increasing number of artists and creative scenes, in the cities like Denpasar.
Hin Bus Depot and met Khing Chuah (Content Curator) and Wanida Razali (Gallery Manager)