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Filipina R&B artist Jess Connelly are among those featured in Porsche’s “SCOPES Driven by Porsche,” a virtual festival of inspiring stories, workshops, podcasts and interactive talks of personalities from Southeast Asia who are actively shaping this vibrant region’s narrative for the future starting today.

Porsche says that the central theme of Scopes are values shared by the Porsche DNA and Southeast Asian attitude on pioneering spirit, harmony with tradition, focus on design, and concern for sustainability and these common ties are best shared the Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric sports car.

 “With SCOPES as a platform, we want to promote the exchange of ideas in the young creative scene. We started in the metropolises of Berlin, Amsterdam and Tokyo,” said Ragnar Schulte, Director of Experiential Marketing at Porsche AG. “Now the journey continues in Southeast Asia, one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world that fascinates as much as it inspires.”

Porsche has picked Connelly as she leads four outstanding women of the arts. This very talented young artist, went back to Manila from Australia for about a decade now has been in the international spotlight thanks to her musical and visual body of work.  She spent most of her younger years growing up in Australia but she has made Manila her home since high school. Her music videos routinely attract hundreds of thousands of online views.

The sultry singer’s evocative songs come from the heart and weaves her songs in various genres including Pop, R&B, Electronic and Hip-Hop. Locally, she became known because of a track called “Under Blankets” and in 2015 she released her first EP, “How I Love” and began getting an international audience. Her four song, How I Love project, caught on internationally from Taiwan and other parts of the Western Pacific region. She has since then made a series of singles with the 2017 breakout “Turn me Down” and “On my way up”.  In 2019 she finished a sold out tour with Alextbh. With Scopes Driven by Porsche, this project seeks to empower other female artists who have similar aspirations, as well as inspire countless others.

Other virtual activities lined up are – “Green Is The New Black,” a live panel discussion with thought leaders and industry experts in food, fashion and urban communities; a transformational festival in Thailand called “Wonderfruit,” which will showcase innovations in art and architecture, food, wellness and music, as well as explore collaborations with various artists to design a project rooted in sustainability; and a feature on 1880, a social club that provides a junction for dialogues between people coming from different walks of life.

Its “Driving Tomorrow” is a series will share stories of Anna Haotanto, founder of The New Savvy, Asia’s leading financial and career platform for women; Ayesha Khanna, co-founder and CEO of an artificial intelligence advisory firm; and Parag Khanna, a leading global strategy advisor author of “The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century.”

The Southeast Asian edition of SCOPES runs until mid-September, after which it heads to Warsaw, Poland. Visit https://virtual.scopes.asia/ for more information, or follow @scopes_drivenbyporsche on Instagram.

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