Implementation of the National Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Wayang Puppet Theatre of Indonesia

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 149,986
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/01/2005 - 01/12/2007

Benefitting country(ies): Indonesia


To enliven the highly crafted rod puppets, master puppeteers manipulate the swivelling arms and legs by means of sticks, accompanied by a narrator and gamelan orchestra. The plays combine local myths, Indian epics and Persian tales with contemporary issues.

While this project encompasses many activities, such as field research, documentation and a publication on the Wayang, its most important component is an in-depth training programme. Pilot projects centred on five different kinds of Wayang will be launched in a total of ten existing and new sanggars (informal Wayang schools), with a view to educating select students over a three-year period.

The project aims to enable more effective transmission from master artists to young artists of the knowledge and skills required for the performance of Wayang theatre. An inventory of sanggars and Wayang practitioners as well as audio-visual educational kits and guidebooks on various forms of Wayang will enhance the general public’s appreciation for this tradition.

Related document:

  • Summary description of the project (English)

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