NOW! Jakarta celebrated its 8th anniversary in November and continues to grow, providing insightful and interesting articles to its readers.

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As an annual tradition, NOW! Jakarta organized “An Evening of Art and Culture” on December 6th at the Oakroom at Oakwood Premier Cozmo, Jakarta, in order to show its appreciation to the people and communities who have supported and worked for NOW! Jakarta throughout the years, including its talented contributors as well as representatives of foreign embassies, cultural centers, chambers of commerce and women’s associations.

After a welcome speech from Ian McKie, General Manager of Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta, Alistair Speirs, founder of NOW! Jakarta’s and Phoenix Communication, expressed his gratitude to all the guests.

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The highlight of “An Evening of Art and Culture” was the showcase of 12 original paintings by NOW! Jakarta’s Art Director Sudigdo, all of which have been used as cover for the magazine throughout the year 2016 – it is NOW! Jakarta’s trademark and most unique feature.

Over the past six years, Sudigdo, who was born in Pati, Central Java has created 69 paintings for NOW! magazine covers. This year, the painter covered a wide range of different themes in his paintings, namely Wish List Jakarta, The Language of Love, Women on Top, Health: Inside and Out, Family Time, Life in the Big Durian, All About the Arts, Break A Sweat, Wanderlust, Epicurean Musings, It’s A Man World, and Festive Season. The oil paintings which adorned the walls at the venue were available for bidding in a silent auction; the profits from the auction will be donated for charity.

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MC Sary Latief enlivened the night with a couple of quizzes and door prizes. In addition, there was a live acoustic performance by Misi Lesar Trio and a dance performance by the DnD Dancers.

We would like to express our gratitude to the generous sponsors of NOW! Jakarta’s An Evening of Art and Culture: Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta, Plaga Wines, Heineken, Alila Ubud Bali, Alila Manggis Bali, Alila Seminyak Bali, Alila Solo Java, Alila Jakarta, The Hermitage Menteng Jakarta, Artotel Bali, Tauzia Hotels, UNION Group, AMUZ Gourmet Jakarta, ARTOZ Whisky and Cognac Bar Jakarta, Cloud Lounge Jakarta, Celebrity Fitness and Outback Steak House.

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Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.