In the past few years, quite a lot has been happening in Indonesia’s cultural sphere. The number of independent artistic initiatives is growing and artists are more frequently and emphatically concentrating on social-economic and political themes.
The demand for an exchange of information with other countries, and specifically with the Netherlands, is also growing. A young and engaged Indonesian generation is becoming interested in the historic ties between the Netherlands and Indonesia. Their open attitude makes cooperation opportune and promising in a wide variety of disciplines, including the creative industry, documentary film, contemporary visual art and the performing arts, particularly music and dance.
Indonesia and the Netherlands’s shared history also offers many possibilities for Dutch heritage experts and forms of cooperation, for instance in relation to current questions with regard to maintaining and opening up archives, preserving and keeping historical inner cities liveable, and the management of water.
The Erasmus House is situated on the terrain of the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta. Ever since it opened 1970, the Erasmus House has been more than just a cultural centre. Its programme of exhibitions, lectures and performances helps promote discussion on social and economic issues.
Many cultural exchange projects also take place beyond the walls of the Erasmus House, especially in Kota Tua, Jakarta’s historical city centre, and in other cities on Java and Sumatra.
Indonesia is a priority country in the Netherlands’ international cultural policy for 2017-2020. Various organisations work closely in supporting cultural exchange between the two countries. Besides the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, those active in Indonesia are the National Archives of the Netherlands, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, the Mondriaan Fund, the Performing Arts Fund NL, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the EYE Institute, IDFA and DutchCulture.
Indonesia at a glance
featuring 60 artists
12 months (2017)