Ancient Javanese Indigo Batik Explored in Zahir Widadi’s New Book

Indonesia commemorates National Batik Day every 2 October after UNESCO designated batik as a Humanitarian Heritage for Oral Tradition and Intangible Culture. In order to celebrate the day, there are many activities held to reinforce batik as Indonesian culture and heritage during the month, one of them is about natural-dyed indigo batik.  In October, the Indonesian Heritage

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Putu Oka Sukanta Receives The UWRF 2022’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The legendary poet and writer Putu Oka Sukanta has been named the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for his incredible contribution to literature and his lifelong writing. | Photos Ubud Writers & Readers Festival The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) is here again, after two years of being held online and

Going Offline by Desi Anwar

The online life that provides many benefits is not supposed to eliminate us from our pleasure of life now and interact with the physical world. The online life that provides many benefits is not supposed to eliminate us from our pleasure of life now and interact with the physical world. It is supposed to make

Redesigning Tourist Village: Necessary or Not?

The worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 has brought the world to a standstill, and tourism has been the worst affected of all major economic sectors. Many operators and tourism industry players have started and been preparing to redesign their business when the pandemic ends. NOW!JAKARTA A tourist village or rural tourism is a way to improve the

Feminism in Indonesian History

Dewi Sartika, Lasminingrat and Emma Poeradiredja were the faces of feminism in West Java history. Photos courtesy of The Lodge Foundation/NOWJAKARTA Wanodja Soenda, a monologue about the history of women’s activisms in West Java, will help us understand how it influenced the outcome of democratisation for women in the country. The existence of Indonesian women during

Indonesian Heritage Society: 50 Years Old and Counting!

The half-century mark is an important milestone, golden for marriages, a sometimes dreaded middle-age birthday and the mark of extraordinary success for organizations, especially those that are volunteer. On 29 February 2020, the Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) will celebrate 50 years of volunteerism in support of Jakarta’s museums. The mission has always been to assist the Museum

A Story of Melanesians,  A Lamentation to Mother Nature

The debut of Garin Nugroho’s Contemporary Performance Planet – Sebuah Lament at Teater Jakarta shows the rare voice and the body of work from Melanesians, rendering an environmental awakening that resonates to the global meditation about the hope for humanity and nature. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA Appearing behind the plastic curtain that covers the entire stage, Septina

The Discovery of Australia Told through Maps

Map of the year 1598 showing the Dutch pioneering voyage (1595 – 1597) from Amsterdam to the Eastern Spice Islands. In the right bottom corner is Australia shown named ‘Terra Australis Incognita’.   Collection: Indies Gallery Kemang. Image Courtesy of Sake Santema  Despite being inhabited for up to 60,000 years, the continent of Australia was, for

Arts and the City in the Eye of Hafiz Rancajale

Hafiz Rancajale believes that arts soften our mentality and reduce chaos. Photo by Rintang Azhar/NOWJAKARTA We sat down with Indonesian artist, educator, and curator Hafiz Rancajale about his activism in urban culture. Your work has been exhibited at Singapore Biennale 2019? Can you tell me about your participation there? I exhibit Social Organism as an

Portraits of a Sinking City

Erasmus Huis was honored to exhibit Cynthia Boll's award-winning photo series Sinking Cities, Jakarta. Photos courtesy of Cynthia Boll, Erasmus Huis, Oxalis Atindriyaratri/NOWJAKARTA Dutch photographer Cynthia Boll returned to Jakarta to showcase the photojournalism award winning photo series, Sinking Cities, Jakarta. On February this year, Cynthia Boll won the prestigious Zilveren Camera 2018 (Silver Camere

Understanding God and Nature at the 8th Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival

With all of its historical and cultiral values, Borobudur Temple is the perfect place to celebrate the annual Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival (BWCF). Photo courtesy of iStock/NOWJAKARTA The eighth Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival (BWCF) commemorated the scientific traces of Father Zoetmulder, one of Indonesia’s historic landmarks. BWCF is a meeting place for fiction and non-fiction

Stories of Human Land

Photo by Adella Indah Nurjanah A photo exhibition highlighting the complex relationship between humans and lands, from the exploitation of customary forest wood in West Papua to the limited space of settlements in Jakarta. Human beings are inseparable from the earth they stood on. The earth is where we do our daily activities, earn our

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