Advocacy

Cultural Advancement

Commenced in: 2014
Goal:

To encourage the government to become the facilitator for the community in advancing the culture.

Stakeholder(s):

Community, arts community, the Directorate-General for Cultures of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology

Status:
  • The development of derivative regulations of the Law on Advancement of Culture is in progress.

The bill of Culture Law (Rancangan Undang-Undang [RUU] Kebudayaan) can be traced back to 1982. In 2014, the bill was discussed again by the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat [DPR]). At the time, the bill used the cultural preservation paradigm, which largely attempted to filter out foreign cultures and contained too many restrictions for the citizens. The interest of the industry was even slipped into one of the drafts, which asserted clove cigarette (kretek) as a cultural heritage needing protection.

Together with other stakeholders, Koalisi Seni had been actively advocating for the amendment to the bill since 2014 so as to create a paradigm shift, focusing on cultural advancement and positioning the government as a facilitator, instead of a naysayer. The advocacy was successful, and the Law on Advancement of Culture was enacted in 2017.

The Law on Advancement of Culture emphasizes the protection, promotion, development, and utilization of culture, using a bottom-up approach. To read more about this initiative, visit www.pemajuankebudayaan.id.

That being said, the advocacy is not over following the enactment of the Law. Koalisi Seni will always be keeping an eye on the implementation and the development of the derivative regulations.

  • Culture is not just about dances or traditions, it also encompasses noble values passed through generations that characterize our nation. The Bill on Advancement of Culture needs to emphasize protection, development, utilization, and empowerment so as to foster a resilient Indonesian culture.

    Muhadjir Effendy Minister of Education and Culture for 2016–2019
  • One of the biggest issues that plague Indonesia’s creative sector is the lack of an ecosystem which supports the arts management and development initiatives in a good manner. The Law on Advancement of Culture ensures the government’s support and the widest public participation in order to foster that favorable ecosystem together.

    M. Abduh Aziz Chair of the Executive Board of Koalisi Seni for 2012–2019

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