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Weekly Picks: Indonesia (8 – 14 April 2019)

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Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Yogyakarta, Bali and Jakarta from 8-14 April 2019

This Monday and Tuesday, Teater Gandrik in Yogyakarta presents a satire of what the country might look like in the year 2049 if Indonesia were unsuccessful in eradicating corruption. Created by Agus Noor and Susilo Nugroho, directed by Djaduk Ferianto, and featuring veteran actors such as Butet Kartaredjasa, the work intends to get the audience to think critically about the country and the leaders’ roles in it. Para Pensiunan: 2049, is performed on the 8th and 9th of April at 8 PM at Concert Hall Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. For more information and reservation, contact +62 878 3883 5758 or follow Teater Gandrik on Instagram here.

If you’re in Bali this Friday and Saturday, come to Mash, an art-house cinema in Denpasar, where it will screen an award-winning Malay film titled Lelaki Harapan Dunia (Men who Saved the World). The film shares the story of an African immigrant that stayed in an abandoned house who was mistaken as a ghost and created hilarious situation in a small Malay village. Lelaki Harapan Dunia has been screened in various film festival and won many awards in the 27th Malaysian Film Festival, as well as the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Film Critics Society Awards. To make your reservation, contact +62 831 1953 5537. The film will be screed on Friday, 12 April at 4 PM and Saturday, 12 and 13 April at 4 and 6 PM. To learn more about Mash Denpasar, follow its Instagram account here.

Museum Macan in Jakarta opens its new exhibition Matter and Place on Saturday, 13 April 2019. Matter and Place is a group exhibition that explores the relationship between people and place. The exhibition features artists Andra Martin, Danh Vo, FX Harsono, Genevieve Chua, Shooshie Sulaiman, and Theaster Gates. Tickets to the opening weekend is now on sale at museummacan.org/tickets. For more information on Museum Macan, go to museummacan.org or follow its Instagram account here.

Institut Francais Indonesia’s Supersonik series presents Ngawinin Musik (Marrying Music) this Saturday. In this performance, the Jakarta Art Institute’s Bagong Big Band will play music that marries Jazz Big Band with Indonesian traditional music such as Kromong and Keroncong. Bagong Big Band aims to play modern music without forgetting Indonesian traditional values. They also want to share Indonesian traditional music in a new format so that it can be enjoyed by the younger generation. Entrance ticket to Ngawinin Musik is IDR 100,000. Music starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, 13 April 2019. Click here or contact +62 857 7956 7108 to make your reservation. For more information, click here.

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