We believe that access to reading materials and knowledge sources for all community members will establish a strong, powerful society. Our mission is to provide more opportunities and access to reading materials and learning activities for wider communities with diverse cultural backgrounds in all conditions and situations.
The UNESCO World Book Capital program is an initiative, launched in 1996, that seeks to encourage and promote publishing activities at the local and global levels by nominating for a one-year period the best city program aimed at promoting books. The initiative aims to promote peace, cultural enrichment, and intercultural dialogue through education, communication and information sharing.
Jakarta as the capital city of Indonesia has long been the centre of development of culture with a long history of writing and literacy which spans from the period of ancient kingdoms up to today, the construction of cultural centre buildings, and rapid development of book publishing and digital literacy. The city’s distinguished characteristics in terms of literacy development is further supported by cross-cultural interactions which have formed an inclusive way of life among the Jakartans.
With its history of literacy, book facilities, and centres of technology and telecommunication, Jakarta proposes itself as UNESCO World Book Capital City 2022. The awarding of Jakarta as World Book Capital City will become the people’s responsibility to provide more support in the efforts to advance the city’s literacy and book industry to become an aspiring movement for other regions in Indonesia or in the world.
“Now Everybody’s Reading”, the slogan of our submission for Jakarta World Book Capital 2022, represents our mission to widen, develop, and ease public access to reading materials and literacy events with inclusivity as the underlying principle. Inclusiveness amid the differences in cultural background and religious belief has become Jakarta’s asset as the capital city of Indonesia, a country that consists of 17,000 islands with cultural diversity.
During the preparation of World Book Capital submission, the world is attacked by COVID-19 pandemic. The global crisis has given a significant impact to Indonesia, especially Jakarta. However, this condition does not halt the efforts taken by the Jakarta provincial government and also book and literacy activists and communities in Jakarta to continue their works. Surprisingly, some innovations in providing access to reading materials and sources of knowledge have emerged during the pandemic, indicating that books could function as a strategy to build and maintain people’s resiliency during a crisis of public health.
Meeting space for book activists and communities that include author, reader, literary agent and librarian has been increasingly needed as an opportunity to share knowledge and experience, discuss the ongoing phenomenon and issues, and build the chance of collaboration in the future. Jakarta has become one of the cities in Indonesia chosen as a meeting site, both for national and international-scale literary events. Jakarta’s readiness in holding a prestigious international book event will once again be proven in 2022 with IPA World Congress.
Children and young learners are among the society members that play an important role in the development of a city or a country. Providing more opportunity and wider access for children and young learners to gain knowledge will support both academic and non-academic achievements. Literacy education through the enactment of engaging programs should be enforced to build a generation of critical and creative youth.
Indonesia is known for its diverse cultural heritage and a long and dynamic history of literature. Indonesian culture and literature are still flourishing until today, recently supported by the development of information technology. We are committed to actively participate in the efforts to develop Indonesian culture and literature by establishing programs and activities that embrace the cultural diversity and enforcing the literary ecosystem of Indonesia, especially of Jakarta.
As a country, Indonesia is recognized internationally as having great economic potential—something that is also true of its publishing industry, which produces an average of 60,000 new titles each year, thus making Indonesia the largest book producer in Southeast Asia. Further, with the inroads that Indonesia has made in terms of international recognition for its creative industries—the book industry, included—Indonesia is model for the region. Following its successful appearance as Guest of Honor Country at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair and, more recently, as Market Focus Country for the 2019 London Book Fair, in Southeast Asia Indonesia is now the country to follow.
Indonesia, represented by the Indonesian Association of Publishers (IKAPI), is one of the four countries in Southeast Asia that are full members of the Swiss-based International Publishers Association (IPA).
As the capital city of Indonesia with sufficient experience in hosting national and international literacy activities, we proudly announce our success in proposing Jakarta as the host of 2022 IPA World Congress. The hosting of an international publisher congress in Jakarta becomes one of our main activity programmes in the proposal for the Jakarta World Book Capital 2022, and its success will prove the city’s readiness to hold the title as the World Book Capital.
The IPA World Congress 2022 will be held over a period of two days with an optional third day for exploration by participants of Jakarta’s historic sites. The first official day of the Congress will focus on Trade Publishing, the second on Global Literacy Empowerment. Five panel discussions will be held each day with speakers from around the world. In addition to serious discussions about the publishing industry and the book world there will also be cultural and literacy-related events.