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New literature space aims to nurture young Indonesian writers

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, May 18, 2017 | 04:02 pm
New literature space aims to nurture young Indonesian writers

Aside from preserving Indonesian literature and art, Sanggar Sastra Balai Pustaka also aims to nurture budding Indonesian writers.  (Shutterstock/File)

State publisher Balai Pustaka has inaugurated Sanggar Sastra Balai Pustaka (Balai Pustaka Literature Space) as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. 

Aside from preserving Indonesian literature and art, Sanggar Sastra Balai Pustaka also aims to nurture budding Indonesian writers.

As reported by Antara news agency, among the challenges of preserving literature among younger generations of Indonesians was the limited number of facilities that supported the development of writers in the archipelago and the strong influence of foreign culture that has made Indonesian youths more likely to ignore their own literature and local culture.

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"Balai Pustaka is one of the parties that is responsible for maintaining and preserving Indonesian literature. Hopefully Sanggar Sastra Balai Pustaka not only preserves it, but also nurtures young Indonesian writers," said the publisher's president director Saiful Bahri during the inauguration ceremony in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Balai Pustaka recently cooperated with state-owned telecommunications company Telkom to launch the 1000 Digital Learning Corner initiative, an e-book containing literary works of Balai Pustaka that can be accessed in several locations supported by Telkom. The publisher has also set a target to develop 1,000 Taman Bacaan Masyarakat (community libraries) across Indonesia. (vod/kes)

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