The Government of Australia Supports the Launch of the Community-run Gallery in Karanganyar Village, Borobudur, 14th of May 2014
Within the framework of UNESCO’s project entitled ‘Revitalization of the Local Community Livelihood in Cultural Industries and Heritage Tourism’, the launching of a community-run gallery which took place at Karanganyar Village, Borobudur on the 14th of May 2014. The event brought 200 people from the Australian government, local and national government officials, NGOs and local communities members from Borobudur. The objective of the event was to encourage visitors to the gallery, promote networking and partnering opportunities, and support the development of community-based heritage tourism in the Borobudur area.
Thanks to generous support from the Government of Australia, UNESCO together with the Indonesian authorities, the local government of Magelang Regency and the people of Karanganyar Village have been working to develop new creative local industries to support the expansion of sustainable tourism around Borobudur.
A key element of this project has been the establishment of a community run gallery and training centre in partnership with Karanganyar Village, Borobudur where new locally made and sustainable products such as jam and ceramics will be showcased and where tourists can visit and enjoy the temple’s surrounds.
The opening of the gallery included cultural performances from local community members, a tour of the gallery and training sites and speeches from dignitaries involved in the project.
In her opening remarks, Prof. Wiendu Nuryanti, Ph.D., Vice Minister of Education and Culture for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, stated that “the Borobudur area is home not only to the World Heritage listed Borobudur Temple Compounds, but also to many different cultural traditions practiced by vibrant and diverse communities. In this regard, the Ministry of Education and Culture has not only been implementing many conservation efforts at the Borobudur Temple itself, but also reaching out to people in the area, especially youth, to ensure their participation in the sustainable management of the Borobudur temple and surrounds.”
These remarks were followed by some words from Mr. James Gilling, Minister of Development Cooperation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Embassy. Mr. Gilling outlined that “millions of tourists visit Borobudur temple every year, but few tourist dollars flow to the communities surrounding the temple. Australia’s assistance is helping boost local jobs and tourism income by training local workers on heritage tourism and quality handicraft production. The gallery that is launched today will help promote and market local products and increase their earnings.”
Mr. Shahbaz Khan (Deputy Director of the UNESCO Office Jakarta) outlined that “investing in culture and the creative sector as a driver of social development can lead to results that contribute to the overall well-being of the communities, individual self-esteem and quality of life. UNESCO stands ready to support the government of Indonesia in the development of cultural and creative industries through capacity-building workshops and promotion of locally sourced and traditionally made goods. This community run gallery will also provide employment and training opportunities for local craftspeople and workers.”
Mr. Zaenal Arifin (Regent of Magelang) stated that“Borobudur Temple Compound is one of the biggest tourism destinations of Magelang Regency, unfortunately, the visitors who come to the temple rarely visit the other areas surrounding the temple. With the launching of this community-run gallery, we hope that the domestic and international tourists will not only visit the remarkable Borobudur Temple but also the villages surrounding the temple and therefore promoting the interaction between the local community and the tourists while providing economic opportunities for the local community.”
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