Taiwan is now home to over 600,000 migrant workers, in which those from Indonesia take the lead as the largest group with 230,000 members. To celebrate Indonesia's National Day in Taipei, the National Taiwan Museum will host a day-long cultural and arts festival on Aug. 19.
The Republic of Indonesia declared independence and marked the end of its 350-year Dutch colonial rule on Aug. 17, 1945. Since then, Aug. 17 has become Indonesia's National Day ─ Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan Republika Indonesia ─ and is celebrated as a grand festival every year.
Now entering its third year, Seni Budaya Peringatan Hari Kemerdekaan (印尼國慶文化藝術節) in Taipei will feature a parade, fun games, music and dance performances, stalls by non-profit organizations, and handicraft workshops offering crafted tokens such as handmade Indonesian flags.
Built in 1908, the National Taiwan Museum is recognized as the oldest museum in Taiwan. One of the museum's core objectives is to promote cultural diversity and equality. Its cross-cultural project "National Taiwan Museum Multilingual Tour" also provides free weekend tours in multiple languages to introduce the museum to new immigrants and foreign visitors.
The National Taiwan Museum hopes that the annual Indonesian National Day celebrations in Taipei will bring people more understanding on immigrants and the issues they face, and that the beauty of Indonesian arts and culture can be shared with Taiwan.
The 2018 edition is organized by National Taiwan Museum, Himmas Utt, Brilliant Time bookstore (燦爛時光：東南亞主題書店), and Universitas Terbuka di Taiwan (印尼國立空中大學); and co-organized by Dmile Music (動脈音樂), Education ONE (教育丸子), MIMOK Entertainment Research (密謀者娛樂聯盟), and the Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants.
‘Seni Budaya Peringatan Hari Kemerdekaan 2018’