Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, has invited people to join hands to revive the art sector as it is one of the sectors that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Uno, many art performances ranging from music, theater, to fine art exhibitions have been delayed and even canceled amid the pandemic.

"I invite all of us to together recover the art sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to innovate, adapt, and collaborate. Do not forget the fine arts sector," he said at the opening of 'Art Moments Jakarta 2' here on Friday.

In October 2021, the Indonesian government allowed art performances and exhibitions after the enactment of Level 1 public activity restrictions (PPKM) in the Java-Bali region and set the maximum capacity for indoor and outdoor activities at 75 percent, the minister noted.

Temporary art activities, such as theater, music, and orchestra performances, can be carried out by limiting audience capacity to 50 percent and after obtaining a recommendation from the COVID-19 Task Force and the police, he said.

Uno affirmed that the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has tried many endeavors to revive the art sector. All ideas presented by artists are accepted with open arms and support is given for art exhibitions and film and music festivals, he informed.

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"The ministry greatly lauds all the ideas and works of all creative people in Indonesia to keep pushing the positive activities while applying the health protocols," he remarked.

As a form of adaptation to the pandemic situation, Uno asked artists to innovate and create new habits so that the general public can enjoy art performances, one of which is by organizing fine art exhibitions using the hybrid concept.

"It is one of the efforts to adapt to new habits, especially in the field of fine arts to reach a wider audience," he added.

Uno also invited all communities to realize national economic recovery together.

"We invite all parties to play an active role in recovering tourism and creative economy to open many jobs as possible," he said.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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