After a one-year hiatus, the 9th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards (9BCAA) has returned to acknowledge the best artists in the Malaysian performing arts industry of 2011 in categories of dance, music, musical theatre and theatre.
The 9BCAA was sponsored by BOH Cameronian Tea and organised by the performing arts-platform Kakiseni. Winners of the awards were selected by both an independent judging panel of 20 performing arts professionals as well as elected by fans via an online poll held some weeks prior.
The ceremony also saw Datuk Norliza Rofli, director-general of the national department of culture and arts or Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara (JKKN) presenting the inaugural Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award. This award was introduced to acknowledge the outstanding social impact on the development of the arts by a singular organisation. It also aims to highlight the essential role of the private sector on the health and well-being of the arts in this country.
Present to witness the award presentation was Datuk Dr Irwan Siregar Abdullah, under-secretary of the economic and international division of ministry of finance and Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek, Pemandu’s director of communications content and infrastructure, business services NKEA (National Key Economic Areas).
“The return of the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards is meant not only to preserve a long-standing tradition in the performing arts scene but serves also to spur growth of the industry,” said Kakiseni’s Low Ngai Yuen.
Leading up to this year’s BCAA, Kakiseni announced the winners of the technical categories in a separate event to allow more spotlight on the people working behind the scenes.
Kakiseni has also launched the Backers Audition Kuala Lumpur 2012 (BAKL), an initiative to create performing arts financing options for the industry. This event saw Kakiseni receiving nearly 43 applications from various performing arts practitioners and companies coming forward to pitch their ideas and proposals. The BAKL garnered the participation of at total of 13 major corporations and three foundations such as Air AsiaX, Astro, Berjaya, British Council, BPHealthcare, BMW, Celcom, Citibank, Digi, IBM, Limkokwing University of CreativeTechnology, Media Prima, Vasseti Data Tech Berhad, Yayasan 1MDB, Yayasan SimeDarby and Yayasan Vijayaratnam.”.
The BCAA is proudly endorsed by the ministry of information, communications and culture as well as JKKN.