The city of Bandung, also known as “Paris of java”, capital of West Java Province in Indonesia and home to 2.5 million inhabitants, is an innovative hub for creativity and entrepreneurship. With many initiatives driven by the city’s young demographic, Bandung hosts a variety of workshops, conferences and festivals, all encouraging the development of creativity, prototypes and product design in particular. In fact, 56% of Bandung’s economic activities are design-related, with fashion, graphic design and digital media being the top three subsectors in the local creative economy.

With eight urban villages now established as creative villages, Bandung has secured a deep understanding and established expertise in the development of creative cities. This knowledge is demonstrated by the variety of programmes and events organised by the city, such as Helarfest – one of the Bandung Creative City Forum’s (BCCF) signature programmes aimed at fostering networks among creatives cities. The Creatives Cities Conference hosted by the city is also a key platform for discussing sustainable urban development and for sharing ideas, such as the attempts to find innovative ways of improving the sustainability of the city. Through the creation of the DesignAction. bdg workshop, Bandung hopes to find concrete solutions to urban issues through civic engagement by improving inclusive public spaces with design.

Matasora WMF is designed to bring all these ideals together and promote creativity and sustainability in the local and global landscapes. As it was born is in Bandung, the focus is to gather all creative minds around to create a vibrant atmosphere. With help from our global connections, we work together to establish a one of a kind feeling of global unity in local scene. One of our mottos is: “Think globally, act locally”.