Rolf Bartels

"Winternachten" literature festival in Indonesia

September 2005 -

"Seeing the bamboo swaying in the wind is very comforting," says Ellen Ombre, reporting from tropical Bandar Lampung on Sumatra. She is enchanted. The author is in the process of a literary tour of Indonesia together with three colleagues.

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Utan Kayu defends free speech

July 2005 -

Komunitas Utan Kayu is a community of artists, scientists and journalists from Indonesia, who strive to promote the liberalization of their society.

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Shadow puppets loaned to Jakarta

May 2005 -

Rotterdam’s Wereldmuseum recently gave a special collection of wajang shadow puppets to the Wajang Museum in Jakarta on long-term loan.

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Palestinian and Israeli Art against 'Unhealthy Wall'

March 2005 -

The wall on Jordan's West Bank poses a threat to the health of Palestinians in that area. Palestinian and Israelian artists work together in a campaign against the wall and the fence.

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'Cultural diversity is actually something positive’

January 2005 -

What are the benefits of a multicultural society? In this time of political polarisation, is it still possible to say something positive about this sensitive topic? The Prince Claus Fund believes that it is possible, which is why it organised a forum on 2 December 2004, whose audience was enthusiastic, united and international. That evening, the key word was ‘respect’.

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Filmmakers shocked by murder of Van Gogh

January 2005 -

On Tuesday morning 2 November 2004, Dutch director Theo van Gogh paid for his continual strong criticism of Islam with his life. He was ‘ritually’ murdered by a Muslim fundamentalist. Ever since, the film world both inside and outside the Netherlands has been in a state of confusion, wondering: where do we go from here?

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Imminent launch of international project on Hindu culture

November 2004 -

The international multimedia research project Bidesia on the history of Hindu migration and their culture will be launched in January 2005. This project has been made possible by a recent government subsidy of almost 118,000 euros from the HGIS homogenous group for international collaboration.

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'Immigrants are here to stay'

October 2004 -

In recent years, the debate about immigrants has become increasingly negative in tone, with a focus on crime, unemployment and ethnic conflict. However, there are positive aspects to migration and asylum too, as discussed by three academics and 'hands-on' experts who gave a lecture on this subject recently. Their conclusion: 'Immigrants are here to stay.'

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Rwandan Centre Universitaire des Arts uses culture as a tool for reconciliation

September 2004 -

Ten years after the genocide, Rwanda is working hard to rebuild. The Centre Universitaire des Arts is making a modest, but extraordinary contribution, with recently renewed financial support from the Prince Claus Fund.

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Brazilian development project RODA being copied in the Netherlands

July 2004 -

The Brazilian development project RODA, which organises cultural activities for problem youth, has recently acquired a Dutch sister organisation with the same name. The financiers are ICCO and Solidaridad. They launched their collective initiative during the Festival Mundial, on Saturday 19 June.

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