After successfully bringing West Side Story, one of the world’s most beloved musicals, to Jakarta in May this year, the Jakarta Performing Arts Community (JPAC) has donated parts of the proceeds - 25 million Rupiah in total - to Theatre for Life, a theatre programme for underprivileged children in Depok.
Theatre for Life aims to encourage and support character development and creativity. Currently, the programme reaches 32 children who are between 12 and 18 years old. The donation is in line with JPAC’s commitment to make theatre more accessible to everyone, regardless of their background.
“We give children the opportunity to actively take part in performing arts in order to become more self-confident, explore their creativity and develop critical thinking,” said Herlin Putri Indah Destari, the founder of Theatre for Life.
Rio Rahmasyah, President of JPAC, said that he fully understands the struggles and obstacles theatre communities have to overcome in Indonesia.
“When we started to form JPAC, we faced many challenges as well, including financial issues,” he explained. “But thanks to the continuous support and appreciation from many different sides, we are still here. That’s why we would like to help other theatre communities like Theatre for Life to keep growing.”