Indonesia hosts a series of side events during the UNESCO Convention to promote cultural diversity and artistic freedom in Paris

Source: Ministry of Education and Culture

DURING the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the UNESCO 2024 Convention at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, the Indonesian Government organised a series of side events aimed at highlighting Indonesian culture and arts.

The events encompassed a talk show, short film screenings, and a poster exhibition, all under the overarching theme of “Empowering Artistic Freedom in Indonesia.”

According to a statement from the Ministry of Education, Culture Research, and Technology in Jakarta, Indonesian Ambassador to France Mohamad Oemar expressed hope that these events would illuminate Indonesia’s approach to managing creativity, diversity, and freedom of expression.

Ambassador Oemar, also serving as Indonesia’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, underscored the government’s commitment to supporting the film ecosystem and advocating for artistic freedom within Indonesia.

The side events featured prominent figures such as Indonesian Ambassador to UNESCO Ismunandar, Hafez Gumay from the Coalition of Indonesian Artists, and renowned film director Riri Riza, who discussed the significance of governmental backing for artistic expression and the role of cultural advancement laws in promoting filmmaking.

Attendees, including delegates from the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the UNESCO 2024 Convention, were treated to a selection of Indonesian and French short films during the screenings, followed by a cocktail reception showcasing Indonesian cuisine.

The Indonesian Government’s initiatives at UNESCO’s Headquarters serve to introduce Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage to the international community while fostering collaboration in cultural affairs on a global scale.

Source: Antara News