Press Release-BSBI 2009



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No. 286/04/VII/2009
In order to promote cooperation in the areas of arts and culture, since 2003 the Government of the Republic of Indonesia annually offers a scholarship to interested and eligible nominees from member countries of the Southwest Pacific Dialogue (SWPD), the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Dialogue Partners of ASEAN to study Indonesian Arts and Culture in Art Centres in Denpasar (Bali), Bandung (West Java), Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Central Java), Indonesia.
In the program, the participants learn both theory and practice of selected traditional dances and music, as well as arts (carving, painting, pottery and batik processing, etc). The scholarship entitlements cover international round-trip ticket, tuition fee, accommodation, health insurance, and monthly living allowances.
This year’s program will be held from 29 July- 29 October 2009 in four art and culture centres in Denpasar (Bali), Bandung (West Java), Yogyakarta, and Surakarta (Central Java). Fifty students from 31 countries participate in the Program; 18 of which are from PIF countries, namely Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Attached is the list of participants from PIF countries.
Participants from Fiji are:
  1. Mr. Esala Talebula Caucau, USP Oceania Centre;
  2. Mr. Iliesa Maikeli Lee, USP Oceania Centre;
  3. Ms. Salote Sinukula Naulumatua, USP Oceania Centre;
  4. Ms. Susana Digitaki Qionibaravi, Vou Dance Group.
The Charge d’Affaires Ad Interim of the Republic of Indonesia to Fiji will officially present the air tickets to the participants at the Embassy’s Auditorium, 6th Floor Ra Marama Building, 91 Gordon Street, Suva, on Sunday 26 July 2009 at 12.00 noon. The participants will leave for Jakarta on 27 July 2009.
In 2008, 20 students from PIF countries participated; Australia (2), Cook Islands (1), Fiji (4), New Zealand (2), Palau (1), PNG (2), Solomon Islands (2), Tonga (2), Tuvalu (2), and Vanuatu (2).
PIF participants of the 2007 program were: Australia (4), Cook Islands (2), Fiji (3), Kiribati (2), New Zealand (1), Palau (1), PNG (2), Solomon Islands (2), Tonga (3), Tuvalu (2), and Vanuatu (2).
The 2006 program was participated by Fiji (3), New Zealand (2), PNG (2), Solomon Islands (2), Tuvalu (2), and Vanuatu (2).
Cultural exchanges are important assets to promote friendship and mutual understanding among nations. In particular, this cooperation would fit well to the efforts of revitalizing and promoting the cultural links that have existed between Indonesia and Pacific Islands countries since many centuries ago.
Suva, 22 July 2009