14 – 20 August 2017: Indonesia

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Jakarta and Solo from 14 – 20 Aug 2017




OCTOPUS, 14 – 15 August 2017, 3 & 8 PM, Teater Kecil, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta

A second performance from the Djakarta Teater Platform program, OCTOPUS by Teater Poros began as a research by Teater Poros actors on violence towards women. The research focuses on the history of violence in the Senen area in Central Jakarta and aims to understand violence, its source and triggers. Octopus is performed on 14 and 15 August 2017 at 8 PM. There is an exhibition and artist talk with director Acep S. Martin on 14 August at 3 PM. For more information on OCTOPUS and information, click here. To make ticket reservation, click here.



Indonesian Novels and the ’65 – ’66 Incident, 20 August 2017, 4 PM, Salihara Lobby, Jakarta

Komunitas Salihara invites everyone to join a discussion on Indonesian literature in English. This discussion aims to paints a better picture of Indonesian literature landscape to both Indonesians and foreigners. This week, the discussion will be on books that talk about the massacre of the 30 September Incident. These books are Amba by Laksmi Pamuntjak and Pulang by Leila S Chudori. This event is free. For more information on this literature discussion, click here.




Bedah Buku Biografi Politik Soekarno, 14 Aug 2017, 7:30 PM, Balai Soedjatmoko, Solo

Soekarno is an important, but also controversial figure for Indonesia. Along with his vital contribution to the country, Soekarno has a dynamic personal life. Such that there’s a lot of books on his personal life, but not many tells the story of his political biography. Through this book, readers will see his aspirations, nationalisms, and his grit in how he faces his challenges and justice. Join this book discussion to learn more about the political life of Indonesia’s first president. For more information on this talk, click here.



Ode Bulan Agustus #3, 19 August 2017, 7:30 PM, Teater Besar ISI Surakarta, Solo

Ode Agustus is an event to celebrate Indonesia’s independence in the month of August, through various national and folk songs from various parts of Indonesia. These songs remind listeners of the diversity of this country and the wealth that Indonesia have through the diverse people and produce from the land. Ode Bulan Agustus also aims to remind the people of Indonesia to celebrate these diversities and differences, instead of attempting to create uniformity among the different groups. The Solo Ode Bulan Agustus will present choirs from various universities, colleges, and vocal group from Solo and its surrounding area. Ode Bulan Agustus will take place on 19 August 2017 at Teater Besar ISI Surakarta. For more information on the event, click here.




Kompetisi Kritik Sastra Tingkat SMA, Deadline 17 August 2017.

If you’re a high school student and enjoy reading, join this literature critic contest! Reading novels gives a richer psychology and perspectives in understanding humans’ problems in this world. In celebration of Indonesia’s National Education Day, Komunitas Salihara invites high school students to join the competition by comparing an Indonesian novel (Bukan Pasar Malam by Pramoedya Ananta Toer) to a foreign novel from Mexico (Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo). This is a group competition of 3 – 7 high school students. Deadline for submission is on 17 August 2017. To learn more about the competition and how to participate, click here.


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