Indonesia have many traditional dances that are passed on from one generation to generation. Every culture in Indonesia have their own unique traditional dances. These traditional dances are the heritage of Indonesian culture and shall be protected by the government. Therefore, the Ministry of Education and Culture gave donation to the art gallery in Biak Numfor Regency, to help them to preserve the Papuan culture.
Through the Directorate General of Culture of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the government gave 1.2 billion IDR of funds for the development of arts, creativity and culture. The funds has been distributed since 2015 up to now in 2016, to 13 art studios in Biak Numfor Regency. According to the Chairman of Biak Art Board, Mikha Ronsumbre, the donation from the central government to dozens of art studios in Biak is a new breakthrough to increase the creativity of artists in Biak, cited from AntaraPapua.
As the Chairman of the Biak Art Board, Ronsumbre conveyed his appreciation to the attention of the central government regarding the support for the operational funds of art studios development in Biak Numfor Regency. This donation is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the art studios. This donation is expected to support the preservation of the traditional dances in Papua.
“I hope that the funds that we have received can be used to develop the interests and talents of artists, in order to develop the creativity in Biak Numfor Regency,” said Ronsumbre, cited from AntaraPapua.
Many art studios in Biak regularly perform in traditional dance events. They have also regularly participate in Papua Arts and Culture Festival that’s going to take place in Biak Regency on November 2016. In 2015, 12 dancers from Aski art studio from Biak Numfor Regency represented Papua Province in National Traditional Dance Festival 2015, in Jakarta. On 28 October 2016, Mayora art studio from Biak Numfor Regency also celebrated Youth Pledge Commemoration by performing Papuan traditional dance.
Papua has a very rich culture that has to be preserved and introduced to audiences across the nation and abroad. That is what they do in art studios in Biak. Not only do they teach Papuan traditional dances to preserve their culture, but they also show it to the rest of world, and introduce us the beauty. Hence, the donation of the Ministry of Education and Culture is expected to help in preserving the Papuan culture. This funds has also shown us the commitment and concerns of the central government to the Papuan culture and heritage.