02.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

AusAID Funded Project 'the First Ceramic-based Crafts Workshop for the Strengthening of Local Communities Capacity in Creative Industries' at Borobudur

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Within the framework of UNESCO’s ongoing project entitled ‘3rd Phase activity: Revitalization of Local Community Livelihood in Cultural Industries and Heritage Tourism’, a five-day ceramic-based workshop for local community members was organized from 1 – 5 July 2013 in the Karanganyar Village, Borobudur. This project is financially supported by the Government of Australia through AusAID.

The workshop which gathered 8 selected ceramic producers from villages in Borobudur Sub-district will be the first in a series of capacity building activities. This activity is aimed at strengthening capacity for the development of creative industries in Borobudur and surrounding areas.

Gathered by some 30 participants, the opening ceremony of the workshop was attended by key stakeholders of the Magelang Regency Government namely Regional Development Agency, Tourism and Culture Office and Industry, Cooperation and Small Medium Enterprises and Trade Office; representatives of Borobudur Sub-District officials; Borobudur Conservation Office; PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko; the General Manager of Amanjiwo Hotel; local community members of Borobudur and UNESCO.

The opening ceremony was opened by a speech from Mr Masanori Nagaoka, the Head of Culture Unit of UNESCO Office Jakarta. In his remarks, he emphasized that the development of quality products in the region will encourage visitors to spend more time to explore the rich and unique culture of the area surrounding the Borobudur temple. The speech then followed by brief remarks from a representative of Borobudur Sub-district and Regional Development Agency, in which they conveyed their sincere gratitude to UNESCO for its commitment in building a better future for the people of Borobudur through the development of creative local industries to support the expansion of sustainable tourism around Borobudur. The workshop was officially opened by the Head of Tourism and Culture Office as a representative of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industries.

In this occasion, UNESCO distributed the Borobudur Booklet to promote UNESCO’s activities in the context of ‘Revitalization of Local Community Livelihood in Cultural Industries and Heritage Tourism’ project. The first ceramic workshop will continue until the 5th of July where the participants will develop skill in producing high quality handicraft souvenir products using local raw materials, traditional patterns and themes in an innovative way to ensure the continuity and sustainability of diversified local traditions.

To download the Borobudur Booklet please follow this link.

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