Recently, a new category is to be found on the website of PACE (Papua Heritage Foundation): PACE TV and it is part of YouTube. On PACE TV, short films can be seen that have a relation with PACE and/or West Papua, former Dutch New Guinea. So far films have been inserted, such as those made by the Dutch photographer/filmer Wim van Oijen in Papua.
On January 31, 2010 Viktor Kaisiëpo passed away at the age of 61 in his hometown Amersfoort. He had been seriously ill for some time. This Papuan rights activist will be sorely missed by many. PACE (Papua Heritage Foundation) has worked with him on a number of occasions and is truly thankful for his input. Viktor initiated and set up a framework for Papua Pride Day held on 28 November 2009, gave us advice and was a speaker at PACE meetings.
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.