Weekly Picks: Indonesia (7 – 13 May 2018)

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Jakarta, Denpasar, and other cities in Indonesia from 7 – 13 May 2018


If you’re in Indonesia this week, here are some events that you might be interested to attend.

Indonesia’s biggest European film festival returns this year from 3 to 12 May 2018. Europe on Screen was first held in 1990 and it has become the longest-running International Film Festival in Indonesia. The 10-day festival screens about 80-90 films in various cities in Indonesia with Jakarta as the main anchor city. This year’s festival screening are also done in Medan, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Denpasar. All the screenings and events of the festival are Free. For more information on the festival including the list of films and schedule, go to europeonscreen.org.

The Jakarta Arts Council holds the second theatre archival series of events, this year titled 3 1/2 Tahun Bekerja. This edition of mini festival looks at arts and the propaganda created during the Japanese occupation in Indonesia in 1942 – 1945. Through performance arts, symposiums, and exhibitions, 3 1/2 Tahun Bekerja shares arts beyond the historical context, but also through its propaganda nature. This is done while hoping that a transference of history can be experienced in the human bodies living in the current modern environment. 3 1/2 Tahun Bekerja runs from 7-10 May 2018 at Teater Kecil in Taman Ismail Marzuki. For more information on the event, click here.

Those who enjoy Classical music would have heard of Claude Debussy. To celebrate 100 years after his passing, Olivier Moulin, supported by Institut Francaise Indonesia, is holding a piano recital titled “Debussy, Antara Timur dan Barat” (“Debussy, between East and West”). In this recital, Moulin will also play works by Rameau, Chopin, and Slamet Abdul Sjukur. This recital will take place on 8 May 2018 at 7:30 PM at Sheraton Gandaria City. Recital is free and does not require reservation. For more information on the recital, click here.

After the success of the Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition in Singapore, Indonesia’s Museum Macan is bringing Yayoi Kusama’s Life is The Heart of a Rainbow exhibition to Indonesia. The exhibition will be the first exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work presented in Indonesia, and includes 130 works that were created over 70 years. Ticket is now on sale for its first phase that runs from 12 May to 14 June 2018. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness Kusama’s works in Indonesia. For more information, go to museummacan.org. To purchase tickets, click here.

Artotel Sanur is holding a Charcoal Sketch Workshop with IBK Sindu Putra. Organized by Artotel Sanur and Cata Odata, this workshop invites participants to revisit their memories by drawing a portrait of family/ old friends with charcoal. Sindu uses his drawings to also reflect on how ancestors could predetermine the life of their successors. The charcoal sketch workshop takes place on 11 May 2018 from 4 – 7 PM and costs IDR 220,000 per person. To register, contact Kara at +62 813 1559 1690. For more information on the workshop, visit CataOdata’s instagram page, 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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