The Lontar Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lontar’s primary aim is to promote Indonesian literature and culture through the translation of Indonesian literary works. Its goal is to:
- Stimulate the further development of Indonesian literature;
- Make Indonesian literature accessible to an international audience;
- Preserve Indonesia’s literary record for future generations.
Before Lontar was established, in 1987, there was virtually no place in the world where one could regularly obtain translations of Indonesian literature. Today, more than two decades later, Lontar remains the only organization in the world whose primary focus is the promotion of Indonesia through literary translations.
Since its establishment Lontar has become both an integral part of Indonesia’s cultural scene and an active participant in a wide range of cultural related activities in Indonesia and abroad.