Bali, 11/07/2018 –  Participants was surprised at the opening of the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) at Plenary Hall, BNDCC, Bali, Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Chairman of the Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) Triawan Munaf gave a spectacular appearance, hypnotizing around 1,500 participants to take off their ties, suits, rolled up their sleeves and invited the audience to raise their hands and then stamped their feet together. “Youth is the main source of creative economic energy to make the world a better place,” Triawan took off his tie, coat and rolled up his sleeve.

“Let’s take off the tie, the jacket, and we roll our sleeves, just get there. We must work hand in hand to achieve a breakthrough to shake the world!” Then he raised his hand and stomped his feet while singing the song by Queen,” We Will Rock You”

Soon after, he called the Dewa Bujana, Andy Riff, and Gerald Situmorang to perform “We Will Rock You” by Queen. All the participants followed to clap their hands and feet to sing together. The Minister of Communication and Information, Rudiantara appeared on stage and joined in singing together.

The atmosphere was filled with energy, participance stand together with Triawan Munaf’s performance along with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi as they gave the opening speech alternately. Triawan stated the significant creative economic contribution to global growth. In 2015 the contribution of the creative economy amounted to 2,250 billion dollars and employed 29.5 million workers. That is equivalent to 3% of world GDP, and 1% of the world’s active population.

“At the same time technology became an enabler for a creative economy that makes it inclusive. Technology also helps to increase the value chain and break down boundaries” he said. Then Retno added, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, three main priorities, first cooperation, second cooperation, and thirdly cooperation. The support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this activity is not to redefine what the creative economy is but to share ideas, to collaborate and help improve the global creative economy, global collaboration needed for the achievement of the SDGs, and the welfare of all societies. The main principle is that no one left behind,” Retno said.

The opening performance of WCCE, has sparked the participants to collaborate with each other to develop the creative economy globally.

The World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) is the first international-level conference on creative economy initiated by Indonesia. The event held on the 6-8 November 2018 at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) is attended by representatives from over 30 countries and more than 1,500 participants. It brings the theme Inclusively Creative by raising five main issues, namely social cohesion, regulation, marketing, ecosystems, and financing of the creative industry. The outcome of WCCE will also formulate the Bali Declaration which will be proposed to the UN General Assembly next year. This is expected to further strengthen the ecosystem and support the development of the world’s creative economy, acknowledging that the world has entered a new era.(Kris)