Raoul Wijffels founder of One Dollar For Music in an interview with Mark Ulyseas.
“Indonesia has a strong tradition in the fields of art and culture. Of the innumerable original, region-based styles, much has been preserved. Dancing, music, theatre, woodcarving, painting, precious metal work and textile treatment form the visible proof of a very creative cultural potential in the society. In the strong social structures of families and life in the villages, children learn to know their culture and qualify themselves automatically with traditional creative skills from a very young age.
In modern times however, a lot has changed. The Indonesian economy nowadays is heavily influenced by globalization. As a result, the traditional balance of working for food, the security of family life and cultural activities has drastically changed to incorporate changes within society. The Indonesian youngster nowadays must aim towards influential elements such as television, Internet, tourists and investors.
As a result, authentic musical and cultural processes are being suppressed or unnoticed. And in combination with a shortage of facilities and guidance, the development of self-esteem and identity among Indonesian youth is restricted and the huge potential of creative young talent remains hidden and un-used.”