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Artists tell Jokowi that Jakarta doesn’t need new arts center

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 25 2012   /  09:17 am
Art matters: Taman Ismail Marzuki art center in Central Jakarta is one of the cultural landmarks in the capital. Art communities have called on Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo to develop existing art centers instead of building a new one. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Art matters: Taman Ismail Marzuki art center in Central Jakarta is one of the cultural landmarks in the capital. Art communities have called on Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo to develop existing art centers instead of building a new one. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)Art communities and enthusiasts have rebuffed Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan for an arts center comparable to Singapore’s Esplanade, saying developing existing art centers is more important than building a fancy new playhouse in Jakarta.

Abduh Aziz, the secretary-general of Jakarta Arts Council (Dewan Kesenian Jakarta), said that the new governor should study the public need in the city before deciding to build a new center.

“Building new infrastructure may be a good idea. A new center could be a new landmark for Jakarta,” Abduh said.“However, our main problem lies in the fact that art has no...