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Indonesian Heritage Society - Spring Evening Lecture Series

September 19 - December 12, 2017

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Once a month both expats and Indonesian citizens gather in Erasmus Huis (Dutch Cultural Centre) to listen to interesting English-spoken lectures and exchange ideas and opinions. This Evening Lectures Series is organized by the Indonesian Heritage Society since 1973. The topics are very diverse but always about Indonesia. A good opportunity to learn about Indonesia and to practise your English at the same time!

These lectures have been part of Jakarta’s cultural life since 1973. Both the variety of cultural events in the city and Jakarta’s traffic have changed drastically since then. That is why Evening Lectures has sought to adapt its format to modern times. Both content and frequency will be different this year.

Based on a survey that was held among the target group, the lectures will now be once a month (every third Tuesday of the month) from September till May, instead of the former two series of six weekly lectures. The topics will be focused on history, social developments, art, politics and economics in line with the outcome of the survey. Hopefully the discussions will be very lively as there will sometimes be panel discussions and interviews as well.

One thing hasn’t changed: the place of action. The lectures will still be held at the pleasant, spacious Erasmus House auditorium, starting at 7 P.M. Before the lecture there is a meet and greet from 6:15 P.M. and there also is a possibility to have dinner at Hema restaurant on the premises.

On 19 September there is a ‘start of the new year’ reception at 6pm.

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Practical Information for foreigners, expats and expatriates moving to Indonesia - find out about housing, schooling, transport, shopping and more to prepare you for your stay in Indonesia

19 September 2017

Banda Islands: Spicy Past & Eco Future
By Tanya Alwi

An illustrated talk by Tanya Alwi on the cultural heritage of the Banda Islands, their colorful and often violent history, their amazing biodiversity and their current candidacy for Unesco World Heritage listing.

17 October 2017

Where Australia Collides with Asia
By Ian Burnet

Ian Burnet, who has spent thirty years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia, follows the epic voyages of British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace around the eastern archipelago and tells us the remarkable story of ‘Where Australia Collides with Asia”.

21 November 2017

Giant Seawall: Blessing or Curse?

An interactive discussion on the pros and cons of the “National Capital Integrated Coastal Development”(NCICD), the joint Indonesian/Dutch project aiming to protect Jakarta against flooding from the sea and rivers.

12 December 2017 

Vanishing Indonesian Textiles: Can They Be Saved?

By Krzysztof Musial

Centuries-old traditions of manufacturing a variety of splendid textiles throughout the Archipelago are fading away. Fewer women sit at the loom, the old skills are lost, the experience is waning. Krzysztof Musial delivers an impassioned plea arguing that we can slow down or even stop this sad loss.


Save the Dates

Dates for the Spring 2018 Evening Lecture Series (talks to be announced) are:

  • 16 January 2018
  • 20 February 2018
  • 20 March 2018
  • 17 April 2018
  • 15 May 2018


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