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A transient visit, a lifetime of memoirs

Shared Heritage: As we see it

AU17 in Jogjakarta

Contributed by Mr Yulianto (AU17, Indonesia)
(Lecturer, Duta Wacana Christian University [UKDW]) 

During the 2-week programme, we put aside our differences and learned that heritage can be used as a tool to bring us together. This AU17 experience had been very significant for us who took part in it. I believe that it had a unique role in enhancing mutual understanding, trust and friendship amongst all the participants. The photo and video exhibition entitled “Shared Heritage: As We See It” is our child, born out of our collective efforts. 

After a year, this exhibition finally came to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. From 18 -27 September 2012, it was displayed at the 3rd floor of Agape, Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). During the preparation, my students and I discussed my experience in AU17 and we all came to a conclusion that sharing the cultural heritage does not only mean inheriting old traditions but also the contemporary rural and urban customs and traditions practiced by our diverse cultural groups and incorporated into contemporary expressions. We can also further heritage by adding new ideas to old ideas. 

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Djohan, Rector of UKDW, pointed out the direct link between cultural heritage, development, and peace building. The protection, promotion, and sharing of both tangible and intangible heritage can have a positive impact on the economic, social and peace development of the communities among nations. 

On this occasion, UKDW's Faculty of Architecture and Design also held one photo exhibition entitled Vastu: Traditional Architecture of Indonesia in light of the recent announcement from UNESCO that the Wae Rebo village in Flores island as new World Heritage Site. Mbaru Niang, the traditional house in the village of Wae Rebo, East Nusa Tenggara province, has received an excellence award from UNESCO during the 2012 Asia Pacific Heritage Awards in Bangkok, Thailand, on 27 August 2012. 

Last but not least, I would like to express my profound gratitude and my appreciations to ASEF, the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Duta Wacana Christian University, to my students and colleagues, and to all of my AU17 friends. See you in another project in the future.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of the author and can not in any circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).