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GONNEKE DE RIDDER: "Art and culture are taking up an important, mostly traditional position in Indonesian society. Traditional art forms such as Javanese and Balinese dancing, gamelan music, Balinese painting and sculpture are still the main art forms. However, an important, innovative movement can also be witnessed. This movement has been given more freedom particularly since Suharto stepped down. So far, however, contemporary art only reaches a small part of the population.

The cultural sector has no priority in Indonesia, so there are hardly any funds available to develop the cultural infrastructure. That's why the C&D fund is very important here. Most cultural organizations are on good terms with the embassy, both because of our cooperation in cultural projects and because of the importance of the Erasmus House for the cultural sector in Indonesia. Before deciding whether to support certain activities, we regularly ask for the opinion of local organizations as well as Dutch experts."

Six major projects have been financed since 2004. The most important projects are:

A cooperation project between the Royal Tropical Institute and the museum department of the provincial council of Jakarta focusing on the transfer of expertise in collection and exhibition management.

A three-year 'artist in residency' project of Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta, during which Dutch and Indonesian artists exchange knowledge and create new concepts. This is a promising project that has already resulted in its first fascinating exhibition.

A theatre project of Teater Garasi about the development of theatre and performance art in Indonesia.


Culture Budget670.000 euro (C&D fund, PCAP, PKP, Erasmus House)    Since2004

Major projects Collection and exhibition management | Artist in residency project of the Cemeti Art House | Theatre project by Teater Garasi

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