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Jakarta Post

Where is the government's long-promised arts and culture endowment?

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  02:07 am

At a meeting of artists and cultural activists after the 2018 Indonesian Cultural Congress, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo pledged to set up a Rp 5 trillion (US$342.1 million) endowment fund in 2020 to improve cultural development and support cultural activities throughout the country.Welcomed by many, the pledge followed through on provisions set out in Law No. 5/2017 on cultural promotion, which regulates the country’s cultural property registry, the preservation of manuscripts and works of art, and the incorporation of creative practices into the national development agenda under a “cultural strategy”.Fast forward to the current day, and the reality is that the government has allocated Rp 1 trillion from the 2020 state budget, just a fifth of what Jokowi had initially promised.Speaking to The Jakarta Post, the Finance Ministry’s director general for budgeting, Askolan...