Indische Salon | Indo2nesia Revisited

A new edition of our program the Indische Salon will be held in Museum Sophiahof. During Indo2nesia Revisited on Sunday April 24, we dive into the intergenerational connection between the Netherlands and Indonesia, with a strong focus on colonial buildings and architectural projects.

Colonial architecture and building: a theme that is very current and relevant among heritage professionals and students in Indonesia. It concerns a shared heritage, a shared history. The aim of this programme is to bring different groups, such as the Indo-Europeans, Moluccans, Peranakan Chinese and Indonesians in the Netherlands to connect with each other and to talk about their shared history. It is the starting point on which to build a future together.

In Indo2nesia Revisited, we zoom in on the key word: connection. Here we focus specifically on colonial buildings and architectural projects in Indonesia: can we use this example to make a connection with the past? Can the young generation find in this subject the connection between the past and the future of the Netherlands and Indonesia? How can we use this topic to look to the future together?

We speak to Mo Smit, architect and lecturer at TU Delft about the significance of heritage buildings. Mr. Theo Stucken about the buildings he designed in the past. Remco Vermeulen, a specialist in urban heritage strategies. Wiwi Tjiook (Indonesian Diaspora Network - Liveable Cities) will explore landscape planning and design in Indonesia, and Linawati Sidarto (Chinese Indonesian Heritage Center) will talk about the Chinese Indonesian community in the Netherlands.

Younger generations form the future. In Indo2nesia we therefore speak with Indonesian students in the Netherlands, who are well-known for their active contribution to society. The Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia (PPI), specifically the Delft department, organizes many activities that connect the Netherlands and Indonesia. Ingrid Sitorus and a few members of the PPI Delft are going to talk about their contributions. Photographer Armando Ello will talk about his work surrounding intergenerational topics, the past and the future. Lara Nuberg will moderate the whole programme.


13.30 – 14.00 doors open & registration

14.00 – 14.10 Indonesian Ambassador, H.E. Mayerfas, will give the opening remarks on the programme.

14.10 – 15.30 Part 1: Transition, the trails of the past in present day

15.30 – 16.00 break

16.00 – 17.00 Part 2: Reflection and looking into the future  

Location: Museum Sophiahof, Sophialaan 10 in The Hague

Costs: €5 - Tickets available here

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Lara Nuberg, historian and writer. She writes, speaks and creates (audio) stories about colonial history, remembrance culture and identity. In 2020, she wrote the book The Journey of Belonging with Indonesian writer Lala Bohang. This year her next book, Gado-Gado, will be published. She regularly publishes impressive blogs about history and its aftermath in daily life on her blog: www.gewooneenindischmeisje.nl.


Mo Smit is an architect and works as a graduation tutor, coordinator and researcher within the Chair of Architectural Engineering at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft. In her function as project architect for the Central Government Real Estate Agency, Hootsmans Architectuurbureau and the Architekten Cie, she has broad experience in sustainable architecture projects that are designed from the outset in cross-functional teams.

Wiwi Tjiook is a landscape architect with over 30 years’ experience. Since 1999 she worked for several municipalities in The Netherlands, responsible for all stages of landscape design. Since 2013 she is actively involved as a driver in the Taskforce Liveable Cities of the Indonesian Diaspora Network, with integrated water and landscape planning as a specialization.
Through IDN Liveable Cities, she was involved in other important projects in Indonesia.

Linawati Sidarto was born and raised in Jakarta, and studied in the US. She has worked as a journalist in Indonesia and in the Netherlands. In the past decade, she has contributed articles from the Netherlands for Indonesian publications such as Tempo and the Jakarta Post. She is a volunteer at the Chinese Indonesian Heritage Center CIHC. 

Remco Vermeulen is a Specialist in Urban Heritage Strategies at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He also works as an advisor for cultural cooperation with Indonesia for Amsterdam-based organization DutchCulture. Remco is an external PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and his research focuses on colonial heritage engagement in postcolonial Indonesian cities.

PPI Delft ( Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia) is an Indonesian student association in Delft, that organizes a yearly Indonesian art and culture event named InDelftnesia. representative of the PPI Delft will highlight the performances of InDelftnesia 2018 and 2019.

Mr. Theo Stucken, alum. architect TU Delft and initiator of the event, will share his views and dream regarding a shared future of Indonesian and Dutch/Indo and Moluccan communities, especially in The Netherlands.

Armando Ello is a photographer. He is the initiator of the online magazine Hoezo Indo? and created the book Twijfelindo. He sees it as his mission to make the young generation of Indo-Europeans aware of their history, which forms the foundation of our national history.

Ingrid Sitorus has a MSc degree from Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics at TU Delft. Works now as data analyist and is an active member of PPI Delft and has organized various activities in the past years.

About Indo2nesia

Indo2nesia Revisited is a programme organized by Indisch Herinneringscentrum, initiated by Theo Stucken in collaboration with Ingrid Sitorus Msc, both TU Delft alumni. Theo's vision is to bring together communities in the Netherlands with roots in Indonesia (Indo-Europeans, Moluccans, Peranakan and Indonesians). They have mutual history and can therefore build a shared future together. This programme is a follow up to Indo2nesia 2019 and was attended by the ambassador of Indonesia in the Netherlands at that time, Bapak I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja.

This edition of Indo2nesia Revisited is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague, The Netherlands.

About Indische Salon

Indische Salon are gatherings throughout the country linked to an Indo-European theme that is in line with the core objectives of the Indisch Herinneringscentrum. An Indische Salon is a collaboration between the IHC and an (Dutch Indonesian) organization or individual who initiates the event about a niche topic. IHC finances the Indische Salon.

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