(31 October 2023, Singapore) – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, along with the Embassies of Indonesia and Thailand, and the High Commission of Malaysia, supported the AXEAN Festival 2023 held from 27 to 29 October 2023 at the Goodman Arts Center in Singapore.
Launched virtually in 2020 at the height of COVID-19 pandemic, the newly-rebranded AXEAN Festival, formerly known as ASEAN Music Showcase Festival, is Southeast Asia’s first intraregional music showcase festival which made its physical debut in Singapore in 2022. It has since then become an internationally-recognized platform, bringing regional artists to the global music stage.
AXEAN Festival is an annual event that elevates Southeast Asian music onto the world stage with two (2) main components: a music showcase festival, and business networking events which bring together delegates and VIPs from the music and media industries, artists and their fan base, and young creatives.
The 2020 inaugural edition, organized by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, was an initiative aimed at helping regional artists maintain connections with their fan base and attracting international fans during a time of restricted physical events due to COVID-19. It was held virtually through live video streaming of pre-recorded performances to inspire the artists and their teams to look ahead beyond the pandemic, while fostering readiness for future international touring and export opportunities, and enabling them to engage with music industry professionals from across the globe. Cambodia and Vietnam joined the Festival in the second and third editions, in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Laos joined the group this year.
This year’s iteration brought six (6) Filipino music bands and artists to Singapore, namely, Alisson Shore, Ena Mori, Loner, Madd Mark, Oh! Flamingo, and The Itchyworms (Listen to their songs here: https://tinyurl.com/AXEAN-PH). They were joined by other talents from ASEAN member countries, as well as from Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and France.
AXEAN Festival was free of charge. However, concert-goers were given an option to donate to gather sponsors for succeeding events and to continue bringing in artists for the coming years. (END)