The Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta has now a new director, Maria Battaglia. She is pleased to share her essential role to help fostering Italian-Indonesian ties through arts and cultural missions.
Hailing from Sicily, Maria shares her experience on how she is devoted to working in the fields of arts and culture and began her work as the new director of Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC) Jakarta.
“I began my career as Cultural Attaché at the Consulate of Italy in Toulouse, France and at the same time as the Italian language and literature teacher at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès for five years. Then I was assigned to the Italian Cultural Institute of Rabat in Morocco for the same position for six years. Afterwards, I moved to Algiers and became the director to the Italian Cultural Institute of Algiers for eight years. Now that I have come to Jakarta, I couldn’t be happier to work for the IIC Jakarta,” said Maria.
She said that her immense passion about arts and culture has driven her to learn more about the uniqueness of Indonesian culture. Although she just arrived a month ago in the city, it would not be a problem for her juggling a new office environment and getting accustomed to Indonesian culture.
“I have attended many cultural events in Jakarta since my arrival, and I must admit that I’m incredibly impressed by Indonesia’s diversity and cultural wealth! Also, I felt fortunate enough to have such a dynamic team that helps me face these new challenges,” she expressed.
For Maria, working in the cultural institution is a privilege; a strong belief that arts and culture is an asset. Cultural institution plays a pivotal role in the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as well as in connecting people to build a more open society. Here in Indonesia, she is responsible not only to preserve and promote Italian heritage and culture but also to build cultural bridges within the two countries.
In addition to facilitating engagement for both citizens, Maria is also committed in deepening a thorough understanding of both Italian and Indonesian heritage through arts and cultural programmes, thus allowing room for encounters to have knowledge exchange.
In the future, IIC will be hosting various arts and cultural events; be it exhibition and performing arts underpinning a varied range of themes like design and fashion promotions, sustainability, food talks and musical and theatrical performances. “Whereas, one of the major events for this year in the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Indonesia, takes place on 9 November 2019 at Aula Simfonia Jakarta (ASJ). This will mark special moments for both countries as we, the IIC Jakarta together with the Embassy of Italy in Indonesia and the ASJ, are organizing a great concert featuring artists from the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation and the international singer Anggun.”
Other enthralling events will be also held including the Week of the Italian Language in the world where approximately 1,300 events are organised by the Italian embassy and Italian cultural institutions around the globe and a tribute presenting the works of major Italian art masters of the Renaissance period, like Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello Sanzio.