Through two interrelated initiatives–creating new Partnerships with organizations at different levels of support and presenting a festival of online themed events in May–Beyond Home Borders: Fundraising Festival has a multifaceted goal:
Beyond Home Borders will provide an opportunity for people to experience something new, join a like-minded community of learners, and have fun while doing it. Our target is to raise a minimum of US$ 100,000, enough to cover the publication cost of 10 to 12 new titles in translation. We have several Partnership levels, each with different benefits. Please click below to find out more.
To foster a community of readers in English-speaking countries, in May of this year Lontar has organized a series of themed online events as part of Beyond Home Borders, a virtual fundraiser targeting North American audiences.
U.S.-based Lontar supporters will present a series of twelve online live streamed events, each with a running time of between 60 to 90 minutes. Not all events will have a strictly Indonesian angle, but all presenters and hosts will speak of their connection to Indonesia and Lontar’s mission to make Indonesian literature, culture, and the arts more accessible to global audiences.
Tickets will go on sale in April. Please click below to see the schedule, event details, as well as presenter and host bios so that you can save the date. Make sure to sign up to receive Beyond Home Borders email updates so you don't miss getting tickets for the events you would like to attend.
Indonesian literature has been given short shrift in this current era of globalization. For millennia, the Indonesian archipelago has been a crossroads, a place not only where West met East, but also where indigenous societies traded as freely in knowledge as they did in pepper and cloves. Ancient Malay was spoken from Madagascar to Hawaii. Classical Malay, the precursor to Indonesian, was one of the world’s great historical lingua francas and for centuries united hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia. Today, however, the language of primacy is English, which is spoken as a first or second language by over 1.5 billion people, about 20 percent of our globe’s population.
There is no shortage of good causes in need of assistance in these troubled times, many of them more pressing—poverty mitigation, access to good public health care, and racial equality to name a few—but not only is Lontar in great need of assistance, we also feel (and has been shown by ongoing research into the importance of connection and the arts in this time of physical distancing during the pandemic) our translations, as well as our scheduled online participatory creative events around the "Beyond Home Borders" theme, will provide audiences a welcomed source of relief, entertainment, and a sense of community during this time of isolation.
We rely entirely on donations from individuals and organizations to fund our work, much of which has dried up during this past year with all the challenges it has presented. We do not want to close our doors, but without an injection of financial support, that is the unfortunately reality we are facing.
No contribution is too small. If you are unable to Partner with us or purchase tickets to any of our scheduled online events in May, we welcome any and all help to keep Lontar pursuing its mission to translate the great body of Indonesian literature for the English-speaking world.
Many thanks in advance.
All information on this website about partnering with the Lontar Foundation for our Beyond Home Borders Fundraising Festival is contained within our prospectus that can be downloaded below.