MSO extends historic cultural partnership with Indonesia

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Government of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia have renewed their historic cultural partnership for an additional three years to 2021.

The renewal highlights the success of the cultural exchange agreement between the two parties and will see musicians from the MSO travel to Indonesia for joint performances and music camps, while Indonesian students will join the MSO on exchange in Melbourne.

New to the collaboration is an Orchestral Management Workshop for Indonesian students in Yogyakarta reflecting the MSO’s educational leadership and expertise.

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts, welcomed the extension of the cultural partnership, saying “The Australian Government is proud to support the MSO and celebrates the orchestra’s commitment to long-term cultural engagement with Indonesia. The activities planned under this renewed partnership will foster the kind of vibrant creative exchange the governments of Australia and Indonesia wish to encourage under the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of the Creative Economy signed last year.”

Sophie Galaise, Managing Director of the MSO, said: “In partnership with the Special Region of Yogyakarta, our goal was to build and promote understanding between our two cultures. Music camps, workshops, student exchange and orchestral tours are rich with opportunities for formal and informal cultural exchange and we are delighted to extend this partnership for an additional three years.”

Ms. Spica A. Tutuhatunewa, Consul General of Indonesia in Melbourne stated: “The cultural collaboration between the MSO from modern and contemporary Victoria and the Province of Yogyakarta with its traditional Javanese heritage demonstrates such a successful and harmonious relationship between Indonesia and Australia. Music and arts has transformed differences into beneficial partnership, thus we are excited and looking forward to support their future collaborations.”

In 2017 at the invitation of His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, the MSO became the first Western orchestra to perform outdoors at the culturally-significant, UNESCO World Heritage Prambanan Temple Site.

In 2018 MSO musicians gave master classes and tutorials to 92 students in Jakarta and Yogyakarta and the MSO 2018 Ensemble in Residence, PLEXUS, and 2018 Cybec Young Composer in Residence, Ade Vincent, conducted composition workshops with 30 Indonesian students.