Weekly Picks: Indonesia (16 – 22 July 2018)

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Solo and Jakarta from 16 – 22 July 2018


We have picked a variety of art events this week that might be interesting for you.

Balai Soedjatmoko in Solo presents the first edition of Beksan, a platform of discussion and performance that also serves as documentation for Indonesian choreographers. Through Beksan, Balai Soedjatmoko Solo hopes that the history and legacy presented will be passed down to the next generation of choreographers. This first edition of Beksan will present the works of Daryono Darmorejono, a Javanese dancer and choreographer from Solo that comes from a lineage of Palace dancers. Daryono have created various Javanese dance works and is currently still active in the Mangkunegaran Palace. The first part of Beksan is a discussion on Daryono’s choreography and its role in the classical Javanese dance and tradition, as well as the contemporary dance. The discussion will take place on 21 July 2018 at 10 AM. Click here for more information on the discussion. At night on the same day, there will be a dance performance of a reinterpretation of Daryono’s works at 7:30 PM. Click here for more information on the performance.

Spend your Tuesday night at the Goethehaus in Jakarta and catch the premiere of two short films on the stories of refugee youths in Makassar and Jakarta. Tens of thousands of refugees come to Indonesia as part of their passages to further lands. However, Indonesia has not signed the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and does not accept refugees. Respite by director Andrianus Oetje is a documentary that follows two young Afghans as they go through their lives as refugees and how the uncertainty of waiting affect them. Performing Out of Limbo by Betharia Nurhadist & Indrawan Prasetyo follows two Ethiopian youths living in Jakarta and how they pursue their passions of music while living as refugees. The screening is free and will start at 7:30 PM on 17 July 2018 at the Goethehaus in Jakarta. For more information on the films, click here.

The Car Free Sunday in Jakarta on Jalan Thamrin is often associated with sports and recreational activities. This Sunday, you can catch Mademoiselle Maurice and Olderplus as they create a mural on the walls outside Institut Francais Indonesia on 22 July 2018 starting at 6 AM. Mademoiselle Maurice is an artist who works with metal origami in rainbow colors to create murals and Olderplus is an Indonesian street artist. Mademoiselle Maurice also has another mural that will be exhibited at We The Fest festival on the same day. For more information on the murals, click here

Media and technology have impacted cultures and can’t be separated from art. The Jakarta Theatre council, the Language Development Department of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Jakarta Arts Institute, and the British Council present Tata Bahasa (Pascakebeneran) & Imitating The Dog as a response to the need to experiment with language in performances and take a look at language structure in the fast-paced multi-media world we live in today. This week long event include performances, exhibition, presentations, workshops and discussions that are free for all members of public. Tata Bahasa (Pascakebenaran) & Imitating The Dog will take place at Taman Ismail Marzuki from 16 to 22 July 2018. For more information on the event, click here.


Note: All information is correct at the time of publication. Please confirm directly with the organisers/event websites. ArtsEquator is not responsible for any changes to the schedule of events. If you have an event you’d like us to highlight, please email events[at]artsequator.com.

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