THE LARGEST, THE GRANDEST, THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS, CULTURAL EVENT IN EUROPE

Message Minister of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia

AssalamualaikumWr. Wb.

For the moment, let us look around us. Inevitably we will sense how Indonesia is very rich and very great. However, do not forget, this nation’s greatest wealth comes from its human resources. This country has thousands of races, tribes and languages, yet all agree to unite. In contrast to other nations, Indonesia has managed to emerge from its diversity and look unique to become one nation: Indonesia.

The mainstream that makes capable to unite this diversity is known as the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity). This uniqueness has been and always obtains the attention from around the world. At this moment, we have acquired a wonderful opportunity to be the guest country at the Europalia Arts Festival 2017/2018. In this festival we will not only present our past cultural greatness, but also the splendor of today’s culture and how Indonesia will become in the future.

This is a golden opportunity for us to show the European public audience and the world our nation’s cultural richness. Let their eyes popeyed with the fact that we make our differences become the bricks in building togetherness.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015, Indonesia has captivated the world with the works of the nation. Now, it is time to re-enchant the world with our culture. Let’s make it more colourful, and provide materials for a positive change to the world.

Wassalamu’alaikumWr. Wb.

Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, MAP

Minister of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia