Europalia Art Festival Indonesia Until Jan 21, 2018

        EUROPALIA is a major international arts festival held every two years to celebrate one invited country’s cultural heritage. Since 1969, Europalia has organised some twenty-two festivals. Each has turned the spotlight on one culture in a comprehensive programme of music, fine arts, photography, cinema, theatre, dance and literature. From October to February, the festival fills numerous locations in Brussels, other Belgian cities and in neighbouring countries. The festival offers guest countries a unique opportunity to present their cultural heritage and contemporary arts in an optimal format. In this way, Europalia hopes to promote better understanding between nations and stimulate cultural exchange between peoples. Europalia contributes to the cultural dimension of European construction by promoting Europe’s diverse cultures and encouraging their dialogue with the world’s great cultures.

     The 2017-2018 edition focuses on Indonesia. How can a culture as complex and diverse as Indonesia’s be represented in only four months without resorting to clichés? In collaboration with Indonesian and European artists, curators and experts, EUROPALIA meets this challenge to reveal Indonesia in its most unexpected and contrasted forms. While Java and Bali naturally feature, so do more remote regions like Papua and the Moluccas. From ancient ancestor statues to contemporary video installations, from gamelan music to Papuan experimental dance… discover an Indonesia that is rich in traditions but also firmly rooted in the present.

Exposed through Europe

     Event biannual festival of Europalia arts brought Indonesia to honor its edition in 2017. It is the first country in South Asia and fourth in Asia to benefit from this privilege. For 3 months, from 10 October 2017 to 21 January 2018, Europalia will be held in seven countries: Austria, Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.

     Indonesia will not send less than 460 artists and craftsmen for this tour. In total, Indonesia will host 228 performances, including 69 dance and theater, 71 concerts, 36 literary presentations, film screenings 38 and 14 exhibitions.

     "The Europalia this year is a big event for Indonesia, with a huge organizational work entrusted to the Ministry of Education and Culture. Today, preparations are complete at 90%," confirmed the doctor. Hilman Farid, Director General for Education and Culture, during the pre-launch of the Europalia Arts Festival-Indonesia 2017, held in Jakarta.

     There will also be an architectural program "specific generic-tribes" with the theme of Contemporary Heritage, Design and Trade, said the DR. Hilmar Farid.

     Another exclusive feature is presented in Belgium Cartoons, since Brussels is the world capital of cartoons. In Belgium, Indonesia will present its rich graphic arts.

     Europalia and the entire Indonesian delegation therefore present the arts and traditional, contemporary and interdisciplinary cultures of Indonesia in this European event. For this reason, we gave the event the name "Rampai Indonesia" meaning diversity of Indonesia.

     "It's an extraordinary mission, given tons of museum objects and other art works that we carry in addition to the 400 artists who will move during this long journey of 3 months in Europe," says Hilmar Farid .

     In all this diversity, Indonesians continue to adhere to the national motto "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" which means Unity in diversity: many of us but we are one. *BTNewspaper/e/vitofrench