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Jakarta Post

Government halts creative district plan, focuses on ‘creative hubs’

  • Budi Sutrisno and Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  11:01 am
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Semasa first announced the Bank Indonesia Museum event in early October, also inviting would-be tenants to drop their brand portfolio. Only ten days later, Semasa announced the date of the creative market and notified that all spots available are already filled with tenants.(Instagram/semasa_di/File)

The government plans to develop "creative hubs" at super-priority tourism destinations to add value to regional economies, putting on the shelf an earlier plan by the now-defunct Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) for creative districts across Indonesia. The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, which has taken over Bekraf’s role, seeks to create centers of creative excellence that would explore and nurture each region’s creative economy potential, such as crafts, cuisine, fashion and performing arts. “We have been working with the Public Works and Housing Ministry in establishing the creative hub in Pusat Waringin, Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandi told the press on Jan. 8. He said the ministry was building creative hubs around Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Borobudur temple and Semarang old...