About Us


Karakoa is a collective from Southeast Asia and Japan that aims to create intersections of networks to facilitate the transnational cultural exchanges; creating a space for sharing the contemporary artistic practices and its processes with the society to discover new artistic value for the next generation of art. By bridging independent creatives with art spaces, networks, festivals, and cultural organizations – Karakoa is a vehicle for meaningful collaborations and exchange to provide a safe space for artistic ideas and expressions.

Our Missions

  • Karakoa is a collective committed to creating an inclusive platform that [re]discovers Asian stories and marginalized voices *now and promotes their visibility by presenting various forms of artistic expressions, practices, and cross-cultural collaborations.
  • to facilitate critical discourse and foster better understanding of our realities.
  • to experiment with various contemporary models of coexistence, extinguish other-ing, and highlight multiple or hybrid cultural identities beyond the border of our social contexts.


Yuka Sugiyama

After completing MA in Performance at Queen Mary University of London, Yuka Sugiyama worked at Festival/Tokyo being in charge of program research and international program (2012-14). She worked as a project manager at Yokohama Paratriennale 2017.

Sekar Putri Handayani

Sekar Putri Handayani is an independent producer (2014-now), and production manager (2008-now). She focuses on dance production and now develops work based on research and combining method between script material and exploration-improvisation. She was the co-founder for Rumah Banjarsari, Public and Art Space in Solo.

Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan

Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan is the Festival Director and Founder of Fringe Manila, a multi-genre international art festival which inaugurated in 2015. He is currently the Creative Director of Pineapple Lab, a creative hub that produces independent performance-based works, interdisciplinary collaborations, and programs arts-based community engagement projects in Poblacion, Makati.

Soh Chong Hong

Soh Chong Hong is the executive director of a stage performance & event consultant company Jig & Giggle Production, and also the stage manager of Encore Melaka. He believes that the performing arts is a powerful tool to communicate with the community and stimulate creativity.

Wayla Amatathammachad

Wayla Amatathammachad is currently the Festival Director of the International Low Fat Art Fes Vol.3 in Thailand. He is an independent art manager and producer. In 2017, he initiated the sustainability project called “Prayoon for Art” network to create sustainable collaboration between art and society.


Chizuru Matsumoto

Project manager for Performing Arts Division at The Museum of Art, Kochi (2016-).Chizuru Matsumoto gained production experiences at NPO Kaibunsha (2009-2015) through artist management and operating NEXTREAM21. She also worked as a freelance for TPAM in Yokohama, Dance New Air, and chelfitsch’s Europe tour.