Learning about Indonesia’s diverse culture now can be a fun-filled day at Galeri Indonesia Kaya (GIK) located in Grand Indonesia Shopping Town's West Mall on the eighth floor besides the cinema. Open for the public and designed especially to cater to young people's increasing interest in culture, this free-of-charge, digitally interactive educational facility is a first and the only one in Indonesia.
First opened on October 10, 2013, by the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation, the GIK's purpose is to let the next generation get close and be creative within the archipelago's cultural context. Since 1992, the Foundation has hosted more than 2,000 cultural events and worked together with maestros in the arts and performing art groups in realising creative ideas. From 2011, Djarum Apresiasi Budaya has been gearing up and focusing on many Indonesian art performances to much appreciation.
"It all began from our concern that there are not enough places, facilities and infrastructures for young and talented artists," says Renitasari Adrian, Program Director of the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation. "We also want to provide accessible and approachable information on Indonesia's cultural wealth."
Other features in this gallery are short wayang kulit (shadow puppets) videos, batik and traditional clothing as well as “wearable” digital clothing, information about Indonesia's diverse culture through its objects and sites, handicraft demonstration and a virtual museum for artifacts from the Majapahit Kingdom trough the Oculus Rift technology. An auditorium is also available for free cultural and art shows each week on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm and on other days in different times.
"For now, there is only general information about Indonesia's culture that does not include many other regions," says Renitasari, "We hope that the presence of GIK will encourage conservation efforts and enjoyable learning for the next young generation."
Visit www.indonesiakaya.com for event schedules, articles on culture and more information about the GIK and the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation.
(Text by Edith Emeralda, photo courtesy of Galeri Indonesia Kaya)