It is difficult to dispute the fact that creativity is one of the most important aspects of our lives and an essential building block for success. For this reason, IDEAFEST 2017, Indonesia’s biggest creative festival, united a community of influential figures as well as future creative individuals.

Held at Jakarta Convention Center, this edition marked the seventh time that IDEAFEST has been run since its first appearance in 2011. The festival invited notable speakers from the creative industry to the conference and organised interactive sessions as they inspired the next generation of creators with their compelling speeches.

#kolaborAKTIF

The theme for this year was all about the spirit of collaboration as emphasised with the hashtag, #kolaborAKTIF. The organisers of IDEAFEST are convinced that collaboration is the key to success and the festival was a platform for people to inspire and connect with one another for a broader networking space.

Creativity, Connectedness, and Confidence

Indonesia’s Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, highlighted the significance of creativity and showed a strong vision for the creative industry of Indonesia. She brought up the 3Cs— creativity, connectedness, and confidence—which are the three things that all millenials possess that will develop them further. Sri Mulyani promised to increase opportunities for the creative economy and to simplify regulations.

Do What You Can't

IDEAFEST 2017 showed how much it had grown by being able to attract international talent. This year, the organisers were able to invite renowned YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat. Casey took to the stage to deliver a powerful and meaningful speech. Casey’s catchphrase, “do what you can’t” is a simple yet motivational message that the audience could relate to.

Leading The Next Generation

Just as the saying goes that age is just a number, two young influencers proved to the world that it’s not too early to make changes. Faye Simanjuntak, 15, and Isabel Wijsen, 14, transformed concerns into actions, and expressed to the audience their plans to make big changes.

Faye established Rumah Faye, a home to care for children who are victims of human trafficking with the missions of prevention, release and recovery. Meanwhile, Isabel along with her sister, are the founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags. This non-government organisation founded in Bali is on a mission to to reduce plastic bag usage and to increase public awareness about the environment.

Leading The Next Generation

Just as the saying goes that age is just a number, two young influencers proved to the world that it’s not too early to make changes. Faye Simanjuntak, 15, and Isabel Wijsen, 14, transformed concerns into actions, and expressed to the audience their plans to make big changes.

Faye established Rumah Faye, a home to care for children who are victims of human trafficking with the missions of prevention, release and recovery. Meanwhile, Isabel along with her sister, are the founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags. This non-government organisation founded in Bali is on a mission to to reduce plastic bag usage and to increase public awareness about the environment.

Presidential Gathering

After the festival was over, several of the social figures were invited to the Istana Bogor to meet President Joko Widodo. The president had just returned from a trip and immediately gathered with his special guests for a laid-back discussion. One of his sons, Kaesang, who is an active creator on YouTube, also joined the gathering.

 

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