Weekly Picks: Indonesia (19 – 25 March 2018)

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Bali, Solo, Yogyakarta and Jakarta from 19 – 25 March 2018

On Thursday, in Central Java, there are 2 music performances to watch for your Thursday night art entertainment. In Solo, the Parkiran Jazz series presents “Wanita Berkarya”, a jazz night dedicated to women. The night will feature compositions by female artists that will be presented by female musicians. With this performance, the Solo Jazz Ensemble aims to encourage more works by female artists and more female musicians to be part of the industry. Parkiran Jazz will take place at Balai Soedjatmoko Solo at 7:30 PM on Thursday, 22 March 2018. For more information, click here.

At a nearby Yogyakarta there will be a Rock Poetry reading on the same night. There are many ways to read and present poetry. Poet Yudhistira Massardi has chosen to invite one of Indonesia’s female rock singers Renny Djajoesman to read his poetries. Yudhistira is also inviting Soloensis, a music group from Solo, to present their musical take on his poetries. To be a part of this fun night of poetry-reading, head to Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta on Thursday, 22 March 2018 at 7:30 PM. For more information, click here.

In Bali, Cata Odata, an art house based in Ubud, together with Singapore’s The Necessary Stage and Surabaya’s audiovisual group WAFT-LAB presents an Indonesian staging of Haresh Sharma’s Untitled Cow Number One (UCNO), or in Bahasa Indonesia Sapi Tak Berjudul Nomor Satu. The play features actor Gloria Tan with direction from Alvin Tan. Sapi Tak Berjudul Nomor Satu will be staged on the 23rd & 24th March at GEOKS Art Space in Singapadu, Bali. To reserve your seat, contact wonder@cataodata.com or +62 812 1212 6096. This performance will be followed by post-performance discussions. For more information, visit Cata Odata’s Instagram account here.

In addition to the performance, Cata Odata is also organizing two creative workshops and a talk on Sunday, 25 March 2018. There will be a Poetry and Acting workshop with Gloria Tan, a DIY Sound Devices workshop with WAFT-LAB, and an easy discussion on Intercultural Practice in the Performing Arts Creation with Alvin Tan and the UCNO team. The workshops will take place from 2 to 4 PM and the talk will start at 4:30 PM. All will be held at Cata Odata. More information can be found on Cata Odata’s Instagram account.

Also in Bali, the next Ketemu Project X Rumah Sanur workshop invites Slinat, a well-known Balinese street artist to facilitate the Wheat Paste After the Street workshop. In this workshop, you’ll learn how wheat paste is used by street artists. You’ll also get to create your own artwork from your own photos using the tide patch technique and wheat paste. To register for the workshop, email service@rumahsanur.com. For more information on the workshop, visit Ketemu Project’s Instagram account here.

To commemorate the World Down Syndrome Day, Persatuan Orang Tua Anak dengan Down Syndrome (POTADS) in Jakarta is organizing various performances and exhibition to showcase works by children with Down Syndrome. This event is created as an appreciation of their works, and also to support and motivate these children to continue creating. POTADS was created in 1997 to educate and support parents with Down Syndrome children to continue providing the right support for their children so these children can grow to be independent creative adults. These art performances and events will take place on Thursday 24 March 2018 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Bentara Budaya Jakarta. For more information, click here.

And we close our picks this week with a very exciting open call for Indonesian writers! The Indonesian National Book Committee and the Education and Culture Ministry are opening applications to the 2018 Indonesian Writing Residency. The residency will take place for 6 months between May and November 2018. The program this year hopes to get more female writer applicants, as well as applicants from the eastern regions of Indonesia. For more information on the program and on how to apply, click here.

Have a great art-filled week!


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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