In conjunction with Indonesia’s appearance as “Market Focus Country” at the 2019 London Book Fair, the National Organising Committee for Indonesia as Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair (NOC-LBF) is offering seed-grants to organisations in the U.K. of up to 5,000 GBP for the purpose of organising and staging activities or events that enhance and foster public knowledge of Indonesia via the creative sector, specifically concerning Indonesian culture, language, and literature. These events will form part of Indonesia’s “LBF Fringe Programme,” whose goal is to build on and accentuate the promotion of Indonesia’s appearance as Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair, which runs March 12-14 at Olympia in Kensington, London.
Partners in this venture are the Indonesian Embassy in London, PPI-UK (the U.K. Indonesian Students Association) and the British Council.
Activities or events eligible that might be considered for seed-grant funding include (but are not limited to) seminars, lectures, poetry slams, book readings, discussions, theatrical performances, film screenings, poster competitions, Indonesian language classes, photographic exhibitions, workshops, artistic collaborations etc. The more imaginative and participatory the proposed event, the better—so as to show to as many people as possible in the UK that Indonesia is a rich source of both artistic and intellectual content and creative talent. Special attention will be paid to proposals that are collaborative in nature and which highlight Indonesian authors and their books.
Selection Process and Time Line
Applications will be judged by a jury consisting of individuals representing the partner organisations in this venture. Jury members must recuse themselves from evaluating or voting on proposals from organisations they might belong to. Jury members may not serve on the organising committee of any proposed activity. All decisions will be final and not subject to dispute.
As indicated above, proposals that are collaborative in nature and which are building new connections and introducing new voices in Indonesian literature to the U.K. will be prioritised in the decision-making process. Successful applicants will receive 80% of the funds requested upon approval of the application and 20% after the final report on the event is submitted. The time line is as follows:
First call for applications: January 25, 2019
Deadline for applications: February 15, 2019.
Announcement of successful applications: February 19, 2019
If in the first round the selection committee feels the applications as a whole do not reflect the creative or geographic diversity that the committee hopes to achieve through this funding programme, a second call for proposals might be announced.