Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Italian cultural house in Jakarta, regularly organises exciting events to create cultural exchange between Italy and Indonesia.

According to director Michela Linda Magri, IIC not only focuses on promoting Italian arts and culture in Indonesia but is equally committed to collaborate with local artists to strengthen the interaction between the two countries. “To promote Italy in the world means to showcase excellence in every field of our culture. What we are trying to do here in Indonesia is to create cultural exchange with the many great and talented Indonesian artists,” Michela said. “We also have various collaborations with schools, universities, art galleries, and local festivals, which all successfully create a synergy between the artists and culture of our two countries.” A country rich of traditions, Italy has a lot to offer in terms of culture. 2016 is a busy year for IIC, and more interesting events are on the agenda until the end of this year. “As part of our yearly schedule, we organise the Italian Langue Week in the World from 17 to 22 October,” Michela said, adding that the event which aims to promote Italian language abroad is already in its 16th edition this year.

“There will be a series of events highlighting the theme of the week, which is ‘Italian and Creativity: Brands and Customs, Fashion and Design.’ In November we organise the Italian Cuisine Week with the participation of a great Italian chef, Gino Campagna.” The programme for Italian Cuisine Week includes an interactive pasta show, Italian food competitions and classes as well as a dinner with Chef Gino. The event is held in collaboration with the most well-known Italian restaurants in Jakarta. “We are also organising a ballet performance entitled ‘I Bislacchi. A Tribute to Fellini’ by the famous dance company Artemis Danza,” Michela continued. “This spectacle will be held in collaboration with one of the most prestigious cultural centres in Jakarta, Ciputra Artpreneur.”

IIC also focuses on the field of education, especially since the Italian government offers scholarships to Indonesian students wanting to go to Italy every year. Before their departure to Italy, the scholarship recipients take Italian language and cultural classes provided by IIC. These courses are available for different levels, from beginners to advanced. IIC students also have the benefit of attending any event held by the cultural house for free and even get discounts in several Italian restaurants across Jakarta. There certainly is a lot to discover about Italy, and IIC welcomes everyone who wants to learn more about the country’s unique culture.