Fiesta Fatahillah, a cultural festival, will be held on March 13 to mark the planned renovation of the historic Kota Tua (Old Town), West Jakarta.
In addition, a series of other events including a traditional food festival and video mapping, have been organized to attract the public and complement the relaunch of the renovated PT Pos Indonesia building. The renovated building will also house the new Jakarta Contemporary Art Space and Visitor Center on the second floor, according to a consortium of the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC) and cultural group Jakarta Endowment for Art and Heritage (Jeforah), which was established in September, 2013, to carry out the project.
Chairman of Jeforah’s advisory board Goenawan Mohamad said in a press conference on Thursday that the festival would start with the opening of Jakarta Contemporary Art Space and Visitor Center, whose designed by renowned architect Andra Martin.
“As many as 47 Indonesian artists, including Agus Suwage, Arin Dwihartanto, Davy Linggar and Dolorosa Sinaga, will display their work at the contemporary art exhibition on the second floor,” he said, adding that the exhibition would be held for six months.
Goenawan said the food festival, held from March 13 to 16, would offer 40 varieties of traditional dishes and will be hosted by curator Laksmi Pamuntjak, also the writer of the Jakarta Good Food Guide.
Capital market analyst Lin Che Wei chairing the consortium, said that the food would be featured as art.
“It will encourage vendors who sell high quality products to join us in Kota Tua,” he said, adding that the culinary industry is currently thriving in the city.
Lin said popularizing Kota Tua was one of important steps in reviving it.
“We realize a lot of homework needs to be done. That’s why we are encouraging professionals and private entities to join the project,” he said.
Goenawan, also a prolific writer, said that the festival aimed to inform the public that Kota Tua is set to get a face-lift.
“We hope the public can engage in the project,” he said.
The consortium, comprising 11 private companies and state-owned enterprises, has begun renovating several buildings in Kota Tua as well as organizing various cultural activities in the area.
“Jeforah and JOTRC will try to return Kota Tua into a economically viable area by telling stories of its history, to create interest and attract more visitors,” Lin said.
Lin added that the city should also attract artists and people in the creative industry to help develop Kota Tua into an icon of the nation. (Jakarta Post)