After months of preparation, Micro Galleries will finally land in Jakarta.

The global arts initiative reclaims disused and forgotten spaces to transform them into small galleries with the help of international and local artists, inviting local communities to come and enjoy the artworks.

Micro Galleries Jakarta will celebrate its official opening on 6 October, but will organize a number of activities and events beforehand, such as live interactive painting, beatboxing and guided tours of the art-filled laneways – making sure to attract an audience of all ages.

“We love pulling together the event schedule, it’s a reminder of how much creativity abounds in Jakarta as well as the art and free activities we can pack into the two-week event, particularly over the opening weekend,” said Micro Galleries’ global Artistic Director Kat Roma Greer who has been a frequent visitor to Jakarta over the last two years and was fascinated by the dynamic and energy the city radiates.

“We know from experience in other communities that these events are unique and usually booked out, particularly the guided tours,” she added.

On 7 October, Micro Galleries Jakarta will also see the launch of a new, all-female initiative called “Women on the Wall”. This initiative brings women from Kampung Kecil in South Jakarta and the local and international arts community together to create mural depicting women’s issues and female empowerment, both locally and globally.

By taking art out of the galleries and into the streets, Micro Galleries aims to turn forgotten and neglected spaces and land into places bursting with creativity, colour and information.

Micro Galleries Jakarta will kick off on 6 October at 2 PM and run through 8 October at 5 PM. To see a more detailed schedule of events or book a place for the guided tour, available in both Indonesian and English, visit the website or the initiative’s official Facebook page, where more secret events will be announced.

Micro Galleries Jakarta is sponsored by Equis Energy, the Australia Indonesia Institute and AkzoNobel brand, Dulux.

Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge is a previous editor of NOW! Jakarta. An experienced writer and avid bookworm.