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Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Indonesian Art And Culture

2008 Indonesian Art and Culture Scholarship is the sixth year of the Program that was initially offered and participated successfully by South West Pacific Dialogue member countries namely Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor Leste, and the host Indonesia. Minding the importance and advantages obtained from the program, we expand the participating countries and include all ASEAN, ASEAN + 3, PIF member countries, India and South Africa. The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States will also participate this year.

INDONESIAN ART AND CULTURE SCHOLARSHIP (IACS) 2008

2008 Indonesian Art and Culture Scholarship is the sixth year of the Program that was initially offered and participated successfully by South West Pacific Dialogue member countries namely Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor Leste, and the host Indonesia. Minding the importance and advantages obtained from the program, we expand the participating countries and include all ASEAN, ASEAN + 3, PIF member countries, India and South Africa. The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States will also participate this year.

Hindered by limited space available, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia held a series of selection in cooperation with Indonesian Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs of participating countries. Background of the participants and gender were two among other criteria focused by the committee in the selection processes.

Emphasized to enhance the skill of participants in performing Indonesian art and culture, all the participants will be placed for 3 months until October 2008 in four art centers in Bandung-West Java, Yogyakarta-Central Java, Solo-Central Java, and Denpasar-Bali. The participants will live in or around the art center and therefore the opportunity to experience local heritage as well as exchange their respective art and culture with the locals is wide open. Synergy between theory and practices shared inside and outside of art centers, undoubtedly could be the driven force for shaping international cultures and norms, and eventually will strengthen regional as well as global understanding and cooperation.

B. OBJECTIVE

Main objectives of this program are firstly, to demonstrate Indonesia’s commitment as an initiator of the establishment of Southwest Pacific Dialogue and as the originator member of ASEAN in advancing the social culture cooperation in the region. Secondly, to encourage a better understanding in the society amongst SWPD, ASEAN+3, PIF member countries, India and South Africa as well as the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States toward Indonesia with its immense and diverse art and culture heritage. Finally, to cultivate a cultural cooperation transpire from direct contact and sharing of cultures amongst people involved that latterly will thrive diplomatic relation in the region and worldwide.

C. PARTICIPANTS

35 countries of regional organizations of Southwest Pacific Dialogue, Association of South East Asian Nations, Association of South East Asian Nations + 3, Pacific Island Forum, India , South Africa, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States.



D. TIME

The non-degree art and culture scholarship is offered for three months period of time starting 28 July 2008 until 31 October 2008.

E. LOCATION

The participants will be placed in four art centers (sanggar) located in Bandung, West Java; Yogyakarta, Solo; and Denpasar, Bali.

F. LIST OF COURSES

In Bandung, West Java, the participants will learn Sundanese art and culture namely the production, maintenance and appreciation to angklung; karawitan, wayang golek, and traditional dance of Sunda and West Java. They will also learn Sundanese dan Indonesian Language as a component of the culture.

The participants will learn Javanese art and culture such as the process of batik and its significance; karawitan; traditional Javanese dance; and Javanese language and culture in Yogyakarta and Solo. In Bali, the participants will learn Balinese art and culture. Balinese artists will teach Balinese art and culture namely Balinese dance, paintings, carving and gamelan lively. Each art center will also arrange special visit to several historic as well as touristy places for participant.
in each city to experience the beauty of Indonesia.

Prior to their placement in art centers, the participants will undertake 10 days of orientation in Jakarta and will learn issues such as the Aim and Objectives of the Scholarship; Introduction to Indonesian Culture; Information about Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo and Bali provinces.

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