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2018 Cultural Heritage Competition

Have a look back on the wonderful edition of FITE 2018 on cultural heritage and tourism

Our 2018 FITE ChampionsMixer for the 2018 FITE competitors prior to the conferenceFaculty and Speakers from the 2018 Conference

In 2018 the Forum for International Tourism and the Environment challenged students to explore the following European Commission statement concerning cultural heritage: “Cultural heritage allows us to understand the past and to look to our future. (…) It builds stronger societies It creates jobs and prosperity It is important for our relations with the rest of the world It must be protected." 

2018 Winners!


Andi Medy Mega Makmur, POLTEKPAR Makassar

“Pinisi boat is a traditional sailing boat of south Sulawesi that comes from Bulukumba Regency, Bontobahari District. Pinisi boat-building art has been recognized as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO on 7 Dec 2017 because the way Bulukumba’s people construct Pinisi boat is based on traditional ancient know-how. There are a lot of things that can be learnt and transmitted from the art of Pinisi boat-building from the ceremony of cutting trees to the construction of the Pinisi Boat.”

To see Andi's video click here

Dina, STP NHI Bandung
“Open Pit Nam Salu was built in 1906 by the Dutch company. It used to be a mining area claimed as the biggest tin deposit in Southeast Asia. After the company collapsed in the 90s, the mining activities were stopped and workers lost their jobs. In 2015, the Belitung province declared it as a protected site, recognizing its value as a heritage site and transforming it into a tourist destination. Nowadays, the area helps the community to build a better future by transforming their mindset without forgetting their roots, past and culture.” 

To see Dina's video click here

Merrie Agustine, STP Bali
“Food is an important part of Indonesian culture. Traditional cuisine is passed on from one generation to the next. It is also praised as an expression of cultural identity. Eating Babi Guling in Bali is perhaps the country's most quintessential dining experience. Also it does gives impact to the locals and creates an economic sustainability.” 

To see Merrie's video click here

Topic Background

The 2018 competition included both an online and an in-person competition. The top students from the online competition were invited, expenses paid, to the June 21-22, 2018, conference in Bali to present a live pitch of their points of view and arguments in front of an audience. These FITE semifinalists received a session of speech and leadership training by a team of debate and tourism specialists from the George Washington University. The best Indonesian students, selected on the merit of their participation in the competition and the leadership they showed during the conference, were awarded study tours to France. All of the videos produced for the competition were shared via social media and the FITE website.  (The videos submitted for the last FITE video competition received over 60,000 views)  

"Cultural heritage is the fabric of our lives and societies. It surrounds us in the buildings of our towns and cities and is expressed through natural landscapes and archaeological sites. Cultural heritage brings communities together and builds shared understandings of the places we live in. The digital world too, is transforming the way we access heritage."

Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts (objects) and intangible characteristics of a group or society (language, habits, etc.) that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.  

Cultural heritage comes in many shapes and forms. It can be:

  • Tangible: buildings, monuments, artifacts, clothing, artwork, books, machines, historic towns, archeological sites, landscapes, flora and fauna.

  • Intangible: practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces that people value. This includes language and oral traditions, performing arts, food, and craftsmanship.

Cultural heritage has an impact on the specific distinctness of our environments (rural and urban, natural environments, historic monuments, archaeological sites, landscapes and seascapes). On this page you can find some examples of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, in Indonesia and France. Please explore and let these sites and practices spark your imagination!

Types of cultural heritage:
Craftsmanship

Textiles & Clothing

Music & Dances

Traditions & Practices

Sports & Hunting Practices

Landscapes & Nature

Historical & Religious Monuments

Prehistoric Heritage

Competition Format

The 2018 competition included both an online and an in-person competition. The top students from the online competition were invited, expenses paid, to the June 21-22, 2018, conference in Bali to present a live pitch of their points of view and arguments in front of an audience. These FITE semifinalists received a session of speech and leadership training by a team of debate and tourism specialists from the George Washington University. The best Indonesian students, selected on the merit of their participation in the competition and the leadership they showed during the conference, were awarded study tours to France. All of the videos produced for the competition were shared via social media and the FITE website.  (The videos submitted for the last FITE video competition received over 60,000 views)