From August 29, 2009 an exhibition about Papua has been organised on Saturdays and Sundays in the Dutch Reformed Church in the Frisian village Goënga, about three kilometers from Sneek. PACE (Papua Heritage Foundation) and HAPIN (Papua Aid Orgnisation) have provided the actual content of the exhibition.
Besides the exhibition about Papua, there is a ‘statues tour’ showing the work of contemporary Frisian artists.
On 6 May 2009,Cineblend held a panel discussion about the use of images and sound as a form of cultural heritage, with the collection of PACE (Papua Heritage Foundation) as its main focus. Cineblend, the monthly evening meeting by SAVAN (Foundation Audio-visual Anthropology Netherlands), is organised in collaboration with PACE and the Association of Beeld en Geluid (Image and Sound).
Until January 10, 2010, a large retrospective exhibition ‘Beyond the Dutch’ is on show at Centraal Museum in Utrecht. Art works by more than forty artists, among them Roy Villevoye and Fiona Tan with art work from Papua, show the interaction between Dutch and Indonesian fine arts. On the last day of the exhibition, an afternoon meeting on the theme ‘Beyond Java’ will be organised at the Moluks (Moluccan) Museum, in cooperation with PACE and Kosmopolis. Roy Villevoye, among others, will be a guest there.
An additional result of the cultural heritage project Linking back to Lombok is the discovery that the name Sapoerahof in the Lombok area of Utrecht has been spelled incorrectly. During a walk, Wim Manuhutu, former manager of Museum Malaku, noticed that the name of this side street of the Molukkenstraat is incorrect. The street is named after the Indonesian island Saparua. The initiators of establishing Linking back to Lombok, one of which is the Papua heritage Foundation, have brought this to the attention of the Utrecht City Council. The council admitted that that a mistake had been made in the past by the street-naming committee responsible.
Saturday, 27th of June, the Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkende and his Royal Highness Prince Willem Alexander visited the information stand manned by Papua Cultural Heritage Foundation (PACE) on occasion of Veterans Day in The Hague. Staff member Koen de Jager, veteran of the Dutch Royal Navy himself, took the opportunity to explain in detail about the Foundation’s work to both visitors.
Photographer Wim van Oijen has uploaded the beautiful films about the Asmat “Uit de natuur gemaakt” to YouTube. These films had been shown during an exhibition in Nature Museum Brabant in Tiburg. He has asked Papua Heritage Foundation (PACE) to make this known in wider circles. Every year since 1992 Van Oijen travels with his cameras to Asmat where, in his own words, he is searching for the essence of simple life and the contrast to his own complex living environment.