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Ga­leri In­done­sia Kaya by Bakti Bu­daya Djarum Foun­da­tion in Grand In­done­sia is free and open for all who wish to learn more about In­done­sia’s cul­tural wealth

earn­ing about In­done­sia’s di­verse cul­ture now can be a fun-filled day at Ga­leri In­done­sia Kaya (GIK) lo­cated in Grand In­done­sia’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 freeof-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 (shadow pup­pets) videos, batik and tra­di­tional cloth­ing as well as “wear­able” dig­i­tal cloth­ing, in­for­ma­tion about In­done­sia’s di­verse cul­ture through its ob­jects and sites, and hand­i­craft demon­stra­tion. 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.”

Visit­done­si­ for event sched­ules, arti­cles on cul­ture and more in­for­ma­tion about the GIK and the Bakti Bu­daya Djarum Foun­da­tion.

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