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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The Progressive Fusion of Art and Music in the Final Tour of Odyssey Festival

The four-day event of art/music conference and day festival carries a bigger mission of promoting homegrown art, music and tourism to international communities. Photo courtesy of ODYSSEY/NOW!JAKARTA Bali is the final destination of the first touring art and music festival, ODYSSEY after the event has been held in Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta since April. The

Batik Corner Showcases a Wealth of Indonesian Textile

National Batik Day celebration at Hotel Borobudur. Photo courtesy of Hotel Borobudur/NOW!JAKARTA As a part of the National Batik Day celebration, Batik Corner at Hotel Borobudur showcased batik textile that represents different regions in Indonesia. As a gate to Indonesian tourism, the hospitality brand aims to promote the authentic textile heritage to the world.  

The Life of an Expat’s Wife in Jakarta

Keiko Hayashi, member of Indonesian Heritage Society, is now enjoying her life in Indonesia. Photos by Keiko Hayashi/NOWJAKARTA When my husband told me that we would be relocated to Jakarta nearly a decade ago, I just couldn’t imagine what kind of life it would be like.  At that time, I was working as a Japanese

Indonesian Stand-up Comedy Has a New Home

Ketawa Comedy Club is Indonesia’s first full-time comedy club offering mostly stand-up comedy shows that promises good laughs and fun times seven nights a week.Photos by Raditya Fadilla/NOWJAKARTA Welcome to Ketawa Comedy Club, Indonesia’s first full-time comedy club, offering non-stop laughs with a great international ambience. Brought to you by Mad About Comedy, a passionate

How to Love Jakarta

Simran I. Nanwani of Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) talks to NOW! Jakarta about her journey to love Jakarta. Photos courtesy of Indonesian Heritage Society/NOWJAKARTA No modern metropolis is without problems, and Jakarta is no exception, but there are ways to love our city if you would only look closer. Someone once asked me why do

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019

World Press Photo of the Year Crying Girl on the Border; Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez cries as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by the US border officials in McAllen, Texas, USA on 12 June. Photo by John Moore The Dutch cultural centre in Jakarta, Erasmus Huis, welcomed the World Press

Paul Smith, the Director of British Council: Culture Before Politics

Paul Smith, British Council Director. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA British Council Director Paul Smith talks about the future of bilateral relations between the UK and Indonesia. Last year, British Council Indonesia celebrated its 70 years of operation in Indonesia. With a number of programs ranging from art to education, the cultural institution has been strengthening international

Performance Art ‘Aksara’ Snipped a Story for Peak Show in June

Young actors from Prasetya Mulya University exercised their talents for the upcoming annual performance art show, SANSKERTA 2019. The pre-show event AKSARA held at Galeri Indonesia Kaya was a piece of the complete performance arts, Arjuna, which will be showcased at Ciputra Artpreneur next month. Young actor Abedenego will be playing the main character, Arjuna, on

Mad About Comedy Celebrates 18 Years

Last month Mad About Comedy celebrated 18 years of promoting international stand-up comedy in Indonesia. Four top international comedian, Alistair Barrie (UK), Michael Harrison (Canada), Melanie Maras (US) and Indonesia’s own Mo Sidik appeared at Mad About Comedy 18th Anniversary event on 26 April. Photo courtesy of Mad About Comedy Jakarta/NOW!JAKARTA The occasion was marked

Intan Paramaditha: A Bold and Courageous Voice of Indonesian Literature

At this year’s London Book Fair, which took place from March 12 to 14, Indonesia stepped into the spotlight. As the fair’s Market Focus, organisers presented the country’s literature and culture on an international stage through a diverse programme that included a number of discussions and readings. Intan Paramaditha at London Book Fair 2019. Personal

Art Meets Technology: Indogress Transposes Traditional Batik To Beautiful Floor Tiles

Appearances can often be deceptive. Thanks to modern technology, it is possible to produce unique tiles patterned with beautiful Javanese batik motifs, which bear striking resemblance to batik fabrics in appearance. Tiles, over the years, have evolved significantly; state-of-the-art technology has enabled tile manufacturers to create patterns never before imagined. Today, thanks to digital printing,

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