By Camelia Harahap, Arts Programme Manager, British Council

30 October 2017 - 19:14

A model posing in front of a camera
UK designer Derek Lawlor collaborated with Margaret O'Connor at VISIONARE at the Fashion Open Studioduring UK/ID Festival ahead of Jakarta Fashion Week. 

The world is missing out if they don’t come to Indonesia, or if they don’t try to explore the arts scene here!

Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world, yet we’re a very diverse country. We have 17,000 islands, we have many dialects and regional languages – thousands of them. So it’s a really interesting country for people to explore.

There is a huge breadth of interesting things happening in Indonesia, and that really reflects in the arts and creative industries sectors.

"I think its very important to collaborate with different countries because it’s a global market that we’re talking about right now, especially with the digital era. You want to put yourself out there and for your music to be heard." - Indonesian musician Neonamora

Within the music industry, we've slowly been developing music programmes here. There is a huge pool of talent, a huge market for consumption and a high demand for the development of the music sector here .We have the talent, the resource, the market - but we don’t have the infrastructure. 

And that’s where its actually quite interesting, because the British Council can help develop and fill in those gaps, by sharing the best practices from the UK, as well as enabling collaborations between UK and Indonesian artists.

Coming together

Through our UK/ID Festival 2017 theme of 'Come Together', we’ve been trying to build connections and foster collaborations. 

We really do think that collaborations are very important, especially within the arts sector. I think for a lot of people, especially artists, when you try to seek new inspiration and influences, its quite difficult if you work on it alone. So its always much easier when you draw inspiration from other places.

UBC performing at Archipelago Festival in Jakarta.
UBC performing at Archipelago Festival in Jarkata. Indonesian collectives UBC and Onar collaborated with Afrikan Boy during the UK/ID Festival. 
UK artist Emma Frankland performs with Indonesian arts collective 69 Performance Club at UK/ID Festival.
UK artists Emma Frankland and Jo Hellier from Forest Fringe collaborated with Indonesian arts collective 69 Performance Club. 
People looking at the exhibition
The art exhibition at UK/ID Festival 2017 featured creative documentation and output from mulitple artists involved in the UK/ID residency programme this year. 
Neonomora singing and Chloe Maritini DJ-ing.
Indonesian singer-songwriter Neonomora and London based producer Chloe Martini performed their unqiue collaboration, created over just a few days in Jakarta. 

"People here are very rarely alone. Its collaborative by nature, the context of making art is within a network. So I’ve also been able to connect to this broader network across Indonesia." - UK filmmaker George Clark

By collaborating with other people – not just people from the UK and Indonesia, but people who are different, who have a different background, who maybe have different experiences – that can add on to your inspiration pool, and can really help you to develop your self more, help you develop more ideas….and I think it really shows, it gives a richness to your art work when you collaborate with other people. 

We also wanted to make sure we highlighted all of our UK/ID residencies that existed already throughout the year. And the festival is the main platform for us to showcase that. 

We balanced this with other topics that we felt the Indonesian audiences would be interested in such as arts and technology, sustainability, and arts and disability.

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