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President Jokowi Visit – Behind the Scenes

His Excellency offered some interesting insights into the organisation of this Retreat during the 50th anniversary of Indonesian and Singapore diplomatic ties by HE Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya The Leaders’ Retreat is preceded by a meeting at the ministerial level as well as meetings at the working group platform. So, we have working groups trying to finalise the agendas and  everything has to go through them before  another meeting at the ministerial level takes place. For this visit, it was very important for our leaders to discuss follow-ups of what have already been agreed to in the last Leaders’ Retreat Semarang, Central Java last September. Then there were talks related to renewed sector cooperation where our two countries can work together based on leveraging each other’s potential. The ministerial level meetings took place in Jakarta in July 2017 and Singapore was represented by Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, and Indonesia by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution. At that meeting, the two ministers witnessed the signing of the MOU on the establishment of the Indonesia and Singapore Business Council. After 50 years, this is the first time we have had such a business council. Regarding preparations for the Retreat…these were kicked off from the month of January this year. We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations so this year’s retreat was meant...

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Afternoon Tea with Made Wianta

By Henny Scott The Bespoke Art Tour began by meeting Made Wianta a veteran contemporary artist from Bali, at his birthplace and second home in Desa Apuan, Tabanan Away from their city home of Denpasar, Desa Apuan is a mountainside village with wonderful fresh air where Pak Wianta was born in 1949 and grew up. Home is a beautiful wooden house fully decorated with artworks of different series and periods of his artistic career with a beautiful garden nurtured by his landscape architect wife, Ibu Intan Kirana. Adjacent to his house is a large Hindu temple, Pura Luhur Natar...

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Bespoke Art Tour to Bali

By Henny Scott IndoConnect Art Correspondent, Henny Scott recently led a group of artists, collectors, gallerists and art enthusiasts from Singapore and the USA on a Bespoke Art Tour to Bali meeting luminaries in the art world, some in their homes and inner work sanctums!       Agung Mangu Putra Born in Bali in 1963. Mangu Putra finished his education in Visual Communication Design at Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta (Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta) in 1990. After graduation, he worked as Graphic Designer for 7 years and eventually decided to engage in full time career as a painter in 1998. Obviously it was the right decision to visit Pak Mangu Putra who is regarded as one of Indonesia’s most respected painters. In the early stage of his career, the works created were primarily focused on nature and environmental issues of Bali where he lives. However, recently, he has been conducting a lengthy investigation on Balinese history and the experiences of his own family. Through his paintings, he expresses his feelings and thoughts, following lengthy interviews he has conducted with people who informed him of their past personal stories which have never been documented before! Mangu Putra’s home and studio is in Denpasar, a fabulous space with separated quarters of residence, art studio and viewing gallery, and family temple. It was a treat for everyone to discover this hidden...

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