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Jakarta Post

Torsten Hvas: Promoting Indonesia to the Danish

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 5 2010   /  08:55 am

Danish Torsten Hvas describes himself as someone who has “a useless bad talent for creating art but  the talent to organize”. JP/Prodita Sabarini
Lucky for Indonesia, his deep interest in the country has prompted him to organize activities that promote Indonesian culture to the Danish or help Indonesia conserve its cultural artifacts.The 47-year-old, who had a short musical career in Denmark and works in the film industry, has brought a 28-piece Balinese gamelan ensemble from Singaraja, Bali, to perform in front of 20,000 people, including the Danish royal family, in 2004. In 2008, he started an art conservation workshop in Bali together with art conservator from the National Museum of Denmark, Martin Bernsted. His interest in Indonesian culture does not end in its traditional art. For 2010 he is preparing a near-month-long Indonesian film festival to be held in Copenhagen, D...