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.
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.