25th anniversary of the city partnership between Berlin and Jakarta – An overview

Berlin and Jakarta have been working together successfully for decades. The two cities are very different, but many individual projects have given residents the opportunity to meet and get to know each other. Both Berlin and Jakarta regularly host events that are in some way linked to the respective other city.

The two cities have organized a range of events to mark the 25th anniversary of their city partnership in 2019. Here is an overview of the activities scheduled during the anniversary year:

  • In March and May, delegations from the city administration attended Berlin’s ITB travel trade show and the Asia-Pacific Weeks in Berlin.
  • On 17 July, a jazz concert involving musicians from Jakarta and Berlin is scheduled to take place at the Ellington Hotel Berlin. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Those wishing to attend need to register online at jazzradio.net.
  • On 19 July, the D’Jakfaro dance group from Jakarta will perform at Classic Remise, followed by a presentation of current fashion trends from Jakarta. Berlin’s State Ballet School and State Acrobatics School will also stage performances. Those wishing to attend need to register online at xing.com.
  • On 20 July, the KaDeWe department store will host an Indonesian food festival with two star chefs from Jakarta. Visitors can sample the culinary delights between 12 noon and 3 p.m. accompanied by music on the seventh floor of the department store. No registration is required, but if you choose to register online at xing.com you may win a complimentary drink.
  • While Berlin hosted a football tournament, Jakarta is organizing a youth badminton tournament. Berlin’s Senate Chancellery and the Senate Department for the Interior and Sport have teamed up with the Berlin-Brandenburg Badminton Association to send eight young players and accompanying adults to the Indonesian capital to take part in the tournament held from 21 to 29 July.
  • In addition to these events, the Senate Chancellery provides funding for the following activities:

** A long-term dialogue on facilitating education programs for and increased inclusion of people with disabilities in Jakarta and Berlin
** A comic strip workshop with Indonesian artists and young people from Berlin
** A photo exhibition at the Red Town Hall on individuals who have shaped relations between Germany and Indonesia in significant ways
** A dialogue on cultural differences in children’s games
** A performance by Berlin’s State Ballet School and State Acrobatics School in Jakarta