Exhibit of Presidential Art Collection Salutes National Heroes

The exhibit of the Presidential Art collection this year focused on the celebration of the 73rd Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence and the 18th Asian Games. Held at the National Gallery, the month long exhibition portrayed the nation’s struggles. the 1919 Bronze sculpture “Archer” by Zsiemond Kisfaludi Strobel was exhibited at Presidential collection Exhibit. Photo by

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The Japan Foundation, A Repository of Culture

The Japan Foundation was established in October, 1972 as a specialised, core agency responsible for Japanese international cultural exchange. Japan Foundation frequently invites Japanese artists to hold an exhibition in Jakarta. Photo courtesy of Japan Foundation/NOW!JAKARTA The agency was transformed into the independent administrative institution (under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on 1

Through Art, an Inextricable Link with Japan

In August the famous Ratna Sari Dewi, Sukarno’s fifth wife, stopped by the Indonesia Spirit of the World exhibition featuring the art collection of Indonesia’s Presidential palace to see Basoeki Abdullah’s Under the Moonlight painting. She posed for the painting over half a century ago, but seemed to recall vividly that she was dressed in

World Press Photo Exhibition Depicts the World’s Tragedies and Hopes

Erasmus Huis Jakarta, in collaboration with Bentara Budaya Jakarta, hosts the "World Press Photo" Exhibition featuring works from photographers from around the world. The images capture the state of the world today in all its rawness, including the bloodshed, culture wars, and environmental issues. . Led by senior director of photography Magdalena Herrera, World Press

Anymo Essential, The World’s Thinnest Guitar

In the crowded guitar market, Anymo Essential ultra thin guitars (only 8 mm)  which have received a warm response at South by Southwest 2017 in the U.S., Salone del Mobile 2017 in Italy and Marche international du disque et de l’edition musicale 2018 in France— stand out for their unique features. Anymo Essential’s founder Raka

This October, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Celebrates its 15th Year

Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), returns. The event this year will be held from 24-28 October. The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) returns. The event this year will be held from 24-28 October.  Photo courtesy of UWRF/NOW!JAKARTA It began in 2002 as part of the

Commedia dell’arte Revisited in The Secret of Harlequin

Italian actor Enrico Bonavera recently presented an inspirational, thought-provoking performance I segreti di Arlecchino (The Secret of Harlequin) about the prominent character in Commedia dell’arte. Audiences at Goethe Haus Jakarta, were in complete awe of his portrayal of the character. Enrico Bonavera improvise comedy acts, usually based on audience’s reactions or a pre-established scenario. Photo

Artbeat Hosts First Exhibit

A community of artists which came together two years ago have displayed their collective talents in a two-day exhibit in Esmod Jakarta’s Kemang outpost. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA Artbeat, as the group—and event—are called is part of a multitalented line up of artists who have taught members different forms of art: Mixed media, cone work,

Daniel Sahuleka had Reminiscing Live in Concert at THE 1O1 Jakarta Sedayu Darmawangsa

Legendary Indonesian-Dutch singer, Daniel Sahuleka was back to entertain his fans on intimate live concert. The concert which happened at THE 1O1 Jakarta Sedayu Darmawangsa Hotel, made a reminiscent moment of his musical career. Legendary Indonesian-Dutch singer, Daniel Sahuleka performed live at THE 1O1 Jakarta Sedayu Darmawangsa Hotel. Photo courtesy of THE 101 Sedayu/NOW!JAKARTA On

A New Generation of Sketching Culture Emerges

For many years, sketching was seen as  rapidly executed freehand drawing. As a means of  recording ideas, sketches were—and are—a quick way of creating images. An exhibition at the National Gallery enlightened audiences on sketching culture as a recreation of the self. Now, sketching is considered a fun activity that involves a sense of emotional

Understanding Indonesia, The Archipelagic Puzzle

Indonesia, the world’s biggest archipelagic nation, is not easily defined or understood. Its land stretches 5,245km from east to west, spanning more than 17,000 islands. It is home to 700 dialects, 300 ethnic groups, the largest Muslim population in the world and the fourth largest population in the world, with 270 million people. Yes, Indonesia

Sigifredo Camacho’s Solo Exhibit Sheds Light on Ecuadorian Culture

Ecuadorian painter Sigifredo Camacho presents 20 of his paintings at his solo exhibit “Formas y Colores de la Luz” at Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, Kota Tua, Jakarta. His latest works features abstract paintings that demonstrate a living narrative using shapes and light.  Solo exhibit “Formas y Colores de la Luz” by Ecuadorian painter Sigifredo Camacho

The Dancing Masks of the Babukung

Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan is a long way from anywhere. However, as soon as I heard about the Babukung Mask Festival held there every year, I went on the hunt to find out more. Babukung Traditional Mask Festival was held on 17 to 19 July 2018 at Hinang Golloa Stadium, Nanga Bulik, Lamandau Regency, Central

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