- Elaboration of new national law on culture initiated using the framework of the 2005 Convention
- Civil society actors gained greater confidence to dialogue with the government following consultation meetings.
- 21 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting
- First Quadrennial Periodic Report submitted to UNESCO in June 2016
Indonesia has a very vibrant cultural scene with thriving fashion, film and visual arts sectors. Several major art events organized in the country include the Yogyakarta and Jakarta biennales as well as the Bandung Creative City Forum. According to national sources, the cultural and creative industries contribute to 10 % of Indonesia Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year. Moreover, Indonesia exported cultural goods with more than US$ 900 million in 2013 (UNESCO Report on the Globalization of Cultural Trade, 2013).
In recent years, the Indonesian government has made efforts to boost the cultural and creative industries, notably though the creation of Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF) in 2015. The Agency assists 16 creative economy sub-sectors, including film, photography, music, publishing, performance art, visual arts, television, and radio. The inclusion of Bandung and Pekalongan to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for design and arts has also been a positive step in further consolidating the role of culture in the country’s development. Indonesia also hosted the first World Culture Forum in 2013 and again in 2016 to specifically discuss the role of culture for sustainable development.
UNESCO’s capacity-building project provides Indonesia with an opportunity to connect the dots of various initiatives, by setting a baseline, strengthening the country’s information system, laying a ground for open policy dialogue about culture through consulting various stakeholders of the culture sector, and collectively defining priority actions for the next years.