6 – 12 November 2017: Indonesia

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Jakarta and Makassar from 6 – 12 November 2017



Jiwa – Jakarta Biennale 2017, 4 November – 10 December 2017, various locations, Jakarta 

Jakarta’s biannual international contemporary art exhibition is back with a theme of Jiwa. Jiwa or soul is the spirit or energy that drives so many parts of life. Helmed by Melati Suryodarmo as Artistic Director, in this biennale, 50 local and international artists will share Jiwa in their works. The main Biennale event will be held Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem from now to 10 December 2017. For more information on Jiwa, click here.


Festival Teater Jakarta, 9 – 16 November 2017, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta

Opening: 8 November 2017, 8PM, Plaza Teater Kecil, Taman Ismain Marzuki

The Jakarta Theatre Festival returns this year with a theme of “Era Para Bintang” or the era of the stars. The Festival opens on the 8th of November with a performance: Momen Metode by Bandar Teater Jakarta. The Theatre Festival will also present works of 16 selected groups, symposium, script anthology book launch, and many satellite events between 9 and 16 November 2017. For more information on the Theatre Festival, click here, or follow its instagram at @ftjkita.


Nostalgia Masa Depan Manusia, 10 November 2017, 7:30 PM, Teater Jakarta, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta

Nostalgia Masa Depan Manusia is the title of this year’s cultural address under the annual Suara Jernih dari Cikini address that started in 1989. For this year’s speech, the Jakarta Arts Council invites Roby Muhamad, a scientist and entrepreneur, to address and dissect cultural issues and problems in Indonesia. The night will also feature a music performance by Bina Vokalia Pranadajaja. Attendance is free with registration. For more information of the event and on how to register, click here.



SALT, 12 November 2017, 8 PM, Teater Salihara, Jakarta

SALT is the latest and final piece of choreography by Eko Supriyanto that completes the Trilogy of Jailolo. SALT is also the result of Eko’s 5-year research in Solo and Jailolo and therefore is inspired by the Jatilan dance from Magelang and the North Moluccas war dance, Cakalele. This work will be a solo performance by Eko Supriyanto and is also inspired by his experience diving and going against the gravity. SALT is performed one night only on the 12th of November. Ticket is at IDR 150,000. For more information on the performance and on how to purchase tickets, click here.




Makassar Biennale 2017, 8 – 28 November 2017, Universitas Negeri Makassar

Adding on to the vibrant calendar of Indonesia’s visual arts, Makassar is also joining Jogja and Jakarta in holding its 2nd Biennale. Exploring the theme of Maritime, the Biennale aims to discuss and lifts maritime issues and topics through the artworks. A maritime theme is also selected to hopefully bring more attention to Indonesia as a maritime country. This Biennale also marks the progression of arts and culture in Makassar. For more information on the Biennale, click here.


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