Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Last year, some people in Indonesia protested against the use of Cultural Works of Arts like the Balinese Pendet Dance, Reog Ponorogo and Batik by some people to promote tourism in Malaysia.

Every time they protested, I would ask myself the following questions : Would we care about those Cultural Works of Arts if others have not use them ? What have we done to preserve them ?

In order to find the answer, I would like to share with you an article that I read on Kompas (below).

I shall be very grateful if you could kindly give opinion on this matter. Thanks.

Minggu, 28 November 2010 | 04:52 WIB

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - UNESCO has pointed out that many forms of intangible cultural heritage are in danger of extinction. Therefore, governments, non-governmental and local organizations are encouraged to appraise, protect and utilize their national heritage in order to maintain the cultural diversity of all countries, within the overall trend of globalization.

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colson said...

If handled with care I can't see any objection to using pieces of art ( and least of all traditional dances) as means of promoting a worthy cause.

I applaud any of Amsterdam's Concertgebouworkest tours around the world or exhibitions of 17th century Dutch masters in New York or Paris (or for that matter in Beijing or Jakarta), to promote the country.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
The point I am trying to make is that before people from other country use parts of our works of arts, i.e. Batik, dances etc, we never pay serious attention to them.
We tend to take them for granted.
Re: use by people from Malaysia in my opinion is okay because many people from Indonesia i.e Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java, went there and become citizens. So it is obvious that they bring along their tradition, arts, etc. there.