75 Years of British Council in Indonesia

Fostering UK-Indonesia Artistic Collaborations and Beyond

To commemorate their 75th anniversary, British Council Indonesia, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, has launched Altermatter as their latest initiative in response to global challenges.

Altermatter is a collaborative workshop between UK and Indonesian artists to create new products using sustainable and eco-friendly materials. This activity marks one of the British Council Indonesia’s 75-year contributions, particularly in the nation’s art sector. Through arts, culture, education, and the English language, British Council Indonesia has helped establish connections, understanding, and trust among people in the UK and all over the globe.

Summer Xia, Country Director of British Council Indonesia and Southeast Asia Cluster Lead, admitted to being exceptionally proud of the shared collaborative history between the UK and Indonesia as it has fostered and empowered youth in the fields of creative economy, education, and culture.

“The arts industry is essential to a country’s well-being as art reflects a nation’s culture and values, connects it to the rest of the world, and is a powerful mode of social change. The British Council’s Altermatter programme aims to attain those very goals, by uniting UK and Indonesian artists to keep prospering in their passion alongside caring for and being more responsible of the environment. This is a huge opportunity for us to promote sustainability while also furthering our commitment to the arts and culture sector,” stated Summer Xia.

The British Council has been present in Indonesia for 75 years and has supported peace and prosperity through its unique expertise. Throughout the years, British Council Indonesia has been incredibly committed to supporting the arts and creative industries in Indonesia by working with a wide range of partners, including government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and civil society organisations.

In the field of art, British Council Indonesia’s programmes are divided into three categories: Culture Connects, Creative Economy, and Culture Responds to Global Challenges.

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