Weekly Picks: Indonesia (20 – 26 August 2018)

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Bali and Jakarta from 20 – 26 August 2018.

Continuing the spirit and celebration of independence, Bentara Budaya, one of Indonesia’s main network of venues and supporters of the arts presents Ode Bulan Agustus, a series of local collegiate choir performances in 4 different cities. The first performance will take place in Bali this Tuesday and will feature choirs from Bali universities and polytechnics. Carrying a theme of “Lintas Batas, Membuka Cakrawala” (Crossing Borders, Opening Horizons), Ode Bulan Agustus presents songs that celebrate the diversity of Indonesia, as well as songs that become prayers for the country’s continued wellbeing. You can catch Ode Bulan Agustus on the 21st of August at 7 PM at Bentara Budaya Bali and on the 25th of August at 7 PM at Teater Besar ISI Surakarta. Ode Bulan Agustus will also be performed next week in Yogyakarta and Bali. For more information, visit bentarabudaya.com or click here.

Following its success on previous performances in Indonesia and other countries, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, together with Edwin’s Gallery, are bringing Puno (Letters to the Sky) to Jakarta. Puno is a story of a young girl who is coping with her father’s passing and learning about life and death. The story is beautifully told through puppetry. The performance is suitable for everyone ages 6 to 95 and will take place at Edwin’s Gallery on Friday to Sunday, 24th – 26th August 2018. For more information on the performance, check this Instagram post. If you’re unable to get tickets, Puno will also be performed in Bandung on the 30th August and the 1st September. For additional information, follow Papermoon Puppet Theatre’s Instagram account here.

Theatre lovers in Jakarta, you also don’t want to miss the performance of White Rabbit Red Rabbit at the Salihara Performing Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Written by Iranian multi-disciplinary theatre-maker Nassim Soleinmanpour, White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a performance where the script is only given before the performance and will be performed with a minimalist set and lighting without rehearsal and without any director or a playwright. Since its debut in 2011, White Rabbit Red Rabbit has received various acclaims and has been performed by Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, and many others. For the Salihara performance, Reza Rahadian will read the script on Saturday and Sita Nursanti will read the script on Sunday. Ticket is IDR 100,000 if purchased before the show or IDR 125,000 if purchased on the spot. For more information on the performance, click here.

Erasmus Huis and the Ananda Sukarlan Centre presents the Dutch Classical Talent Winners 2017: Violinist Shin Sihan and pianist Anne Brackman. The performance will take place at the Soehana Hall in Jakarta on Friday, 24th of August, at 7:30 PM. Shin Sihan and Anne Brackman will also perform with Indonesian pianist Ananda Sukarlan in the Jakarta concert. If you can’t catch them in Jakarta, the duo will also be performing in Bandung on the 26th of August at the Papandayan Hotel, as well as on the 31st of August at the Majapahit Hotel in Surabaya. For information on the Jakarta performance, click here.



Are you a young Indonesian composer? If you’re under 30 and have a composition for a brass ensemble, enter your name into Bandung Philharmonic’s Kompetisi Komponis Muda Indonesia (Indonesia Young Composer Competition). You’ll have a chance to win cash prizes and have your composition presented in a public concert on 2 December 2018. For information on requirements and how to enter, click here. Deadline for submission: 31 August 2018. All the best!


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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