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Jakarta Post

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

  • Budi Sustrisno and Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13 2020   /  12:10 am

The government plans to develop “creative hubs” at super-priority tourist 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 Kusubandio told the press on Jan. 8.He said the ministry was building creative hubs around Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Borobudur temple and Semarang old town in Central Java.Indonesia i...