Inspired by Rio De Janeiro’s “Favela Painting”, the hillside town of Malang in East Java has created its own colourful village in collaboration with local students and artists to enhance the life of the least fortunate and give them a chance for additional income through tourism. Destination Asia Indonesia now offers guests the chance to learn more about this successful project during an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour together with the head of the village and his team of artists.
Until 2016, Jodipan Village in Malang was a slum on the verge of eviction. Due to the poor living conditions in the village, the local government had decided to relocate all its residents. It was at that time when a group of students from a Malang University suggested to give Jodipan a splash of colour in the hope of attracting tourists. A collaboration was formed with a local paint distributor who donated three tons of paint, local artists and painters as well as some local residents, and Indonesian Air Force troops. Together they began transforming areas of the village into beautiful backdrops for gorgeous pictures. In doing so, this multicoloured change painted a sense of hope and optimism in the villagers as the environment changed and the economy started to grow.
Upon arrival at the village guests are welcomed by the “Rukun Warga”, the head of the village, to provide deeper insights about this unusual transformation while enjoying refreshments in one of the local cafes overlooking the colourful village. Stroll through the narrow winding roads and reach the artists’ studio of Jodipan, before sitting with the artists and learning how to produce simple artwork. Explore every angle of Kampung Warna-Warni, where visual gems show up in the most unassuming and unpretentious spots.
Upon departure, guests will not only carry a self-made piece of art but also extensive memories of the friendly people in this eclectic village which has successfully proven that living standards can be significantly improved with nothing more than a strong local community and some creative flair.
For more information on our Kampung Warna Warni, Indonesia’s Rainbow Village – Half Day programme, visit the Agent Hub.