Launch of Spice Routes Website and Indonesian Spice Cultural Works Awards

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Website becomes a Digital Platform to Unite Initiatives, Ideas and Information as Well as Education on Indonesian Spice Culture

The Directorate General of The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia through the Directorate of Cultural Development and Utilization officially launches Spice Routes website and Awards for Works in Indonesian Spice Culture, an event to show appreciation for the winners of Spice Route visualization in the forms of posters, animations and comics.

The Directorate General of Culture of The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Hilmar Farid, stated that “Indonesian maritime is a historical route indicating the growth of seafaring and trade, triggered by its superior commodity namely spices.” 

The routes of which formed the Spice Routes, abstract yet tangible; both on sea and land. Spice Routes now has become the center of Indonesian maritime culture, cultural and social routes which have not only served as trade access, but also brought along initiatives, knowledge, art and culture across the routes from the most eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago through the Malaka Strait all the way to Africa, Middle East, and Europe.” 

Furthermore, Dirjen Hilmar Farid asserted that for those very reasons that The Ministry of Education and Culture with The Spice Routes Committee are launching the Spice Routes website, a digital platform which not only can unite various ideas, thoughts and information but can also serve as an educational medium for the Indonesian people. 

“In this great opportunity I would also like to wish us all a Happy Indonesian Archipelago Day on this coming 13th of December, with this year’s theme Maritime Culture to Boost Economy in the Digital Age. Comgratulations and my highest appreciation for all the winners of Indonesian Spice Cultural Works Awards, may all your works become Spice Routes’ hip and strategic communication tools and able to reach out to a broader audience.” 

At the same occassion, The Director of Cultural Development and Utilization of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Restu Gunawan expressed his congratulations for the official launching of Spice Routes website. 

“We hope that this website could serve as a medium of information which in the future can be developed into a digital platform for all stakeholders involved in the Indonesian spice culture. The Director General of Culture of the Ministry of Education and Cuture, as the initiator for the forming of network and Indonesian spice cultural ecosystem is hoping that the website can serve as an educational and informational medium which will enrich and especially inspire the millennial generation to even deeper falling in love with their culture, to improve and strengthen our nation’s self identity.”

Director Restu Gunawan also revealed that the website is a part of commitment and a greater work to deliver a message to the world that the spice routes as a cultural route from Indonesia which was essential to the world deserved a recognation from the UNESCO. One of the important agendas is to gain UNESCO’s recognition as a World Heritage (World Heritage) to improve Indonesian diplomacy, as well as to confirm Indonesia sa the center of world’s maritime.

Furthermore, Restu Gunawan explained that “We have carried out the Spice Routes Visualization Competition in the form of Poster, Video, Animation and Comic with the theme Indonesian Spice Routes for The World. With a total of 1862 participants, there were 3 Major Winners and 10 Selected Winners for each group, as well as 2 Favorite Winners from each category for poster and animation.”

“Meanwhile, with a total of 529 participants, consisting of 229 in the Children’s Comic Category and 300 in the Youth Comic Category 3 Main Winners were selected and 15 Appreciation Winners for each category. The use of posters, animations, and comics as a media in delivering a story and history of the Spice Routes is hoped to be able to help spreading the information to the younger generation.”

Head of Comittee of The Spice Routes Program of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ananta Kusuma Seta added that there have been a lot of joint efforts to develop and utilize the history of the spice routes with numerous parties such as The Technical Implementation Unit, regional government, public institutions, communities and other stakeholders.

“There have been numerous activities from training, product and quality optimization, marketing, and the application in the health and beauty industry, culinary, tourism, and others. The purpose is definitive, namely, how the glorious spirit of spices can be reanimated into today’s value and lifestyle. The manifestation can be in the form of spice culture empowerment, edu-tourism development of the spice routes, all the way to art show, to art performing, gastronomy, traditional knowledge and medicine, workshop and others.” 

The intention becomes the blueprint of the rise of public awareness of the spice culture in building a better future for the nation. Spice Routes is not only a part of history, it is also the strength for present day and the future.

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