London, 18 December 2013
The Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS) has been conducted since 2003 and was initially offered to and participated by member countries of the South West Pacific Dialogue (SwPD); Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, and the host Indonesia. Bearing in mind the significance and advantages obtained from the program, the scholarship was expanded over the years to include member countries of ASEAN, ASEAN+3, PIF countries, as well as many countries from all regions in the world. In the period of 2003 to 2013, the scholarship has been awarded to 518 alumni from 55 countries. Due to the limited space and the vast amount of interest in the program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Republic of Indonesia in cooperation with Indonesian Embassies and Consulates overseas, hold a series of selection process. Taken into considerations are, among others, the awardees’ background, gender, regional representation and the interest to learn Indonesian culture. In order to deepen the awardees’ understanding of Indonesian arts and culture, and to enhance their skills for the final performance, awardees will be divided and assigned by the organising committee to different arts centers for the duration of approximately 3 (three) months. The arts centers are located in Bandung, West Java; Denpasar, Bali; Makassar, South Sulawesi; Solo, Central Java; Surabaya, East Java. Awardees will live within or around the arts center, allowing for the chance to experience the local heritage and interact with the local community. Synergy between theory and practices shared inside and outside the art center would undoubtedly become the driving force for shaping international cultures and norms, and will eventually strengthen regional as well as global understanding and cooperation at a people-to-people level.
The program serves to demonstrate Indonesia’s commitment as an initiator of the establishment of South West Pacific Dialogue and as the originator member of ASEAN in advancing the social culture cooperation in the region. The program also has an objective to encourage better understanding amongst participants from member countries through Indonesia’s immensely diverse art and cultural heritage. Finally, the programme aims to cultivate a cultural of cooperation, emerging from direct contact and sharing of cultures amongst people involved in the program, leading to thriving diplomatic relations in the region and worldwide.
Awardees of the 2014 IACS will be targeted from many countries:
|Member of ASEAN Countries||Morocco||Suriname||Austria|
|Azerbaijan||South Africa||United States of America||Bulgaria|
|France (New Caledonia)||France|
|Papua New Guinea||Turkey|
This year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also invite Canada and Uzbekistan to join the 2014 IACS.
The non-degree arts and culture scholarship is offered for three months period of time, starting on 10 March to 21 June 2014.
After 1 (one) week of orientation/introduction of the program in Jakarta, awardees are invited to choose 2 (two) art centers of their preference to be submitted to the organizing committees for the final selection of 1 (one) art center/location for each awardee.
F. LIST OF COURSES
Basically, all awardees will learn about Indonesian arts and culture in general while their staying in the art centers. However, some of the the courses will be different in each art center which depend on the local arts and culture. For example, in Bandung, West Java, the awardees will learn Sundanese art and culture namely the production, maintenance and appreciation to angklung; karawitan, wayang golek, and traditional dance of Sunda. They will also learn Sundanese and Indonesian Language as a component of the culture.In Solo and Surabaya, the awardees will learn Javanese art and culture such as the process of batik and its significance; karawitan; traditional Javanese dance; and Javanese language. In Bali, the awardees will learn Balinese art and culture, namely Balinese dance and gamelan. Meanwhile, in Makassar, the awardees will learn the Sulawesi arts and culture, as well as the local language.
Each art centre will also arrange special visit to several historic cal places as well as renowned tourist destinations for awardees.
Prior to their residency at art centres, awardees should participate in one week orientation in Jakarta and will learn issues such as the Aim and Objectives of the Scholarship; Introduction to Indonesian Culture; Information about the activities and curriculum offered by the art centers.
All awardees will perform in an arts and cultural night titled “Indonesia Channel” to remark the closing of the scholarship program. The “Indonesia Channel” is scheduled to be held on 21 June 2014. Awardees will return back to their respective countries on the following days.
G. SCHOLARSHIP COVERAGE
The scholarship will cover:
H. APPLICATION SUBMISSION
For Indonesian applicants, the application form could be sent to:
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Directorate of Public Diplomacy
Tower Building, 12th Floor
Jl. Taman Pejambon No. 6
For foreign applicants, the application form must be sent to: Embassy/Consulate General of Indonesia in respective countries
All applications should be received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Indonesian Embassies/Consulates on 22 January 2014. However, all applications must be received at the Indonesian Embassy in London by 21 January 2014.
I. TERMS AND CONDITIONS
J. CONTACT DETAILS
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