This campaign is to raise money for the construction of a Translators House in Indonesia. The aim of the Translators House is to create opportunities for local/international writers and translators to work on key translation projects and creative writings. This type of work is vital. It enriches understanding, deepens knowledge and facilitates cultural exchange. Indonesia needs a place like this.
Inspired by the traditional Javanese architecture, The Translators House will be built on the 400sqm of land in a small village, about 30 km from Bandung, the capital city of West Java Province. It will be run by the Indonesian Literature Translation Foundation (ILTF). Writers and translators will be invited to undertake a residency program to work on specific translation or creative projects. Visual artists and musicians will also be invited for collaboration projects with writers.
Funds raised will go directly toward the purchase of land, architectural design, materials and labour.
The Translators House is my dream. In the last ten years I have traveled to countries in three continents (Asia, Australia, Europe) as a writer or a translator in residence. The experience has opened many doors for me and I wish to give back to the international writing community. In 2015 I founded the Indonesian Literature Translation Foundation (ILTF), a non-profit foundation. I believe this endeavour is a strong step toward to clear communication, empathy and understanding between cultures. It can make a difference.
With best regards,
Cecep Syamsul Hari
(Poet, writer, and founder of Indonesian Literature Translation Foundation).