PROMOTION FOR NATIONAL CONTEMPORARY VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTISTS
Various efforts to expand the market of services for national visual and performing artists, both domestically and abroad, have been carried out by the Government throughout the years with the main objectives being:
- to showcase the richness as well as increase interest and appreciation of contemporary Indonesian visual and performing arts;
- to facilitate better recognition for all stakeholders in the contemporary visual and performing arts industry;
- to encourage creativity through collaborations among various contemporary visual and performing artists both domestically and internationally; and
- to open access for contemporary visual and performing artists to new markets both domestically and abroad.
Thus far, three visual and performing arts festivals that have had the most impact in Indonesia include the Bali Arts Festival (BAF), the Indonesian Arts Summit (IAS), and the National Performing Arts Festival (NPAF). The IAS is a triennial international festival that has been held, at least, six times. In 2013, around 300 artists participated, including international artists from South Korea, China, Austria, Germany, England, and the USA. In addition to exhibitions and performances, the 2013 IAS also held a seminar and workshop on marketing performing arts with the support from seven national higher education institutions in performing arts as well as six experts from Germany, the USA, Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia.
The BAF, having been annually hosted since 1979, is one of the longest running cultural events in Indonesia. In 2016, the BAF has been planned to run as a massive, full month long event, hosting various festivals, shows, exhibitions, screenings, competitions, and workshops, both traditional and contemporary. The variety of contributors based on origin, type of art, and age is quite astounding. Although most contributors will be local Balinese people, there will still be a good number of contributors from other parts of Indonesia, as well as international contributors from Thailand, Timor Leste, Japan, England, the United States of America, India, and China.
At the national level, the NPAF has been an annual event held since 2001. In 2014, 18 presenting teams were carefully selected from provincial level competitions to participate in the festival. From their performances, a panel of experts selected 3 best presenters, 3 best music arrangers, 3 best art directors, 3 best choreographers, 3 best directors, and 3 best makeup and wardrobe stylists with each winner receiving a trophy, financial support, and a certificate. In addition, the 3 best presenters were given an exclusive opportunity to perform at the Indonesia-Korea Week celebration.
Specific expected results were not available at the time of writing this report.
State budget, in the sum of USD 150,000 (approximated currency conversion from Indonesian Rupiah) for the IAS.