The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Rave paradise / Music, art and adventure at Vietnam’s Epizode festival

By: Amanda Kaufmann - Posted on: December 28, 2018 | Culture & Life

More than 140 international and regional DJs are set to descend on Vietnam’s island of Phu Quoc for Epizode, a mammoth 11-night festival returning for its third year. Ahead of its opening party today, Southeast Asia Globe speaks to the festival’s general producer Artem Harchenko, aka Tyoma, about the festival’s progression, its creative themes and working in Asia

Artem Harchenko, aka Tyoma, is a musician and also the general producer of Epizode

What changes are you making to the previous two iterations of Epizode? What vision do you have for the festival this year?
Epizode is a fast growing project. Last year was already a big step forward when you compare it to the first year and Epizode Three is even more developed. This year we [have] built a new stage – Shell – that will be starting from 8:00am and we’re setting up more artistic installations. For this edition, we will also host 14 world-renowned party brands that will be [showcasing] and we added the day programme, including water sports, yoga and more adventures. This year we continue with the goal to bring and promote the new event format in Asia, to move boundaries and widen musical horizons.

What are some of the challenges and successes you’ve had in the past with Epizode?
Organising a festival in Asia is a challenge itself, but very rewarding at the same time. We are bringing something new [to] this region, starting from the music selection, to the length, [to the] artistic moment. Some people haven’t been familiar with some of the artists from the lineup, and that’s one of our goals – to bring something new, to educate and bring variety to the regional scene.

Our greatest success is a great vibe that is one of main things that makes Epizode so special. Our visitors know that it’s simply infectious; [from the moment] you enter the Epizode beach it simply captures your soul and it’s difficult to leave. Also, last year we had significantly more visitors than the first year, and that trend will continue in the years to come.

How does your experience as a DJ and producer impact how you run the festival?
These two things are inseparable. Music [has been] my main job since I was 18; starting out as a DJ, then producer, then event organiser. Due to the fact I’m on both sides of stage, I know all aspects of this job, and it helps [a lot]. I know how the artists think and feel, as well as [the] crowd and everyone involved. Both experiences are just priceless.

How are the art installations tied to the themes of the festival and what kinds of art can we expect?
At first glance, the installations are all very diverse – from the most futuristic to more natural. But we seek to build everything so that the [artistic] objects harmoniously combine with the tropical landscape and local Vietnamese flavour. Epizode is filled with peculiar sculptures, light installations, recycled art, interactive objects and a whole bunch more – come and see it for yourself.