Indonesia-German Heartbeating: Young Urban Indonesia Is Inspiring

georg witschel, jan rönnfeld, akim walta, and sandhy sondoro. | taken by Sony NEX-7 – Hey everyone! I attended the Jerin Festival 2013 Press Conference at the German Embassy with the German Ambassador for Indonesia, Sir Georg Witschel.

Yo! Lufthansa have flown me here to be part of the noise and excitement about Jerin Festival 2013. And, in this post I want to be transparent about all this.

Life and possibilities in Indonesia’s urban areas are dynamic and increasingly global. This has inspired JERIN – Jerman dan Indonesia – to host the JERIN Festival 2013 in Jakarta from October 18th- until the 20th in Plaza Selatan Gelora Bung Karno. All for free and open for public!

dr. georg witschel. | taken by Sony NEX-7

The German Ambassador Dr. Georg Witschel says: “Together with our JERIN partner, we will bring the topics young Indonesians are interested in: urban culture and urban careers.”

Indonesian, young urban professionals like entrepreneurs, designers, artists and students of all fields are shaping the future of modern Indonesia. It is fascinating to see so much heartbeat and at the same time a conscience of Indonesian heritage.  JERIN will show the strong ties of the German-Indonesian partnership and bring together the best of our relations through “creativity in diversity”.

The Director of German-Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, EKONID, Mr. Jan Rönnfeld, says that there is an increasing exchange between the two countries – high level political and business delegation visits; Indonesia was partner country of the tourism fair ITB 2013 followed by the infrastructure fair BAUMA; and in 2015 Indonesia will be the theme country of the world biggest bookfair in Frankfur.

The three days festival will feature three main programs; the Urban Culture Project, Exhibitions by JERIN Partners, and JERIN Careers.

The Festival is organized by EKONID, the German – Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, with the support of the German Embassy and our JERIN corporate partners.

And, among the program line up in the Urban Culture Project are Live Graffiti, interactive Sketch Corner and Workshops on Beatboxing and breakdance. Top performer DJ Marc Hype, Jim Dunloop and famous Beatboxer Soulrock from Hip Hop Embassy Germany will meet classical violinist Iskandar Widjaja in a concert on Saturday night. The national competition on breakdance will take place on Saturday, 40 participants will battle until the final session in the evening. B-Boys from all over Indonesia and international Breakdancers will come together to celebrate the art of it.

akim and swiny. | taken by Sony NEX-7

Akim Walta, main coordinator of the Urban Culture project says, “We are highly interested to intense the co-operation in a sustainable way. Indonesia and especially Jakarta has a huge potential of young urban professionals. In the field of the creative industries there is a huge demand for inspiring exchanges between German and Indonesian artists and partners. The love and passion for the same global culture we share makes it easy to expand the already build networks with non-formal Indonesian institutions like B-BOY INDO, INDONESIAN GRAFF FAMILY, GARDU HOUSE and German counterparts like HIP HOP EMBASSY and FHTF-Global Hip Hop network. The future co-operations are already set for the 20th Anniversary of Berlin-Jakarta sister-city friendship and several other projects planned in for 2014. INDONESIA ROCKS!”

Moreover, Sandhy Sondoro – an Indonesian musician with a very close connection to German culture – will entertain JERIN fans on Friday as well. On Sunday the Festival will host a concert with Andra and the Backbone as the closing event.

To make the JERIN Festival a success, German institutions and companies are partnering closely to offer a wide range of activities as well as entertainment and fun, for young and old; like a kids tent with face painting, storytelling, breakdance workshops and more; testdriving BMW cars; “Meet your Ambassador” at the German Embassy booth and of course the German food experience.

I hope see you all at the JERIN Festival 2013.

For more information about Jerin Festival 2013, visit

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