Michael HB Raditya – The beat of dangdut music is a familiar soundtrack to daily life in Indonesian rural and urban villages.
Literature & The Arts
September 7, 2022
August 9, 2022
Jakarta – A pedestrian crossing turned viral catwalk has become a site for Jakarta's young fashionistas to express themselves, while attracting the disapproval of police in the traffic-
August 3, 2022
Sentani, Jubi – Artists in Jayapura Regency regretted the lack of creative space for them to do their work in that area.
July 26, 2022
Sylviana Hamdani – The first festival dedicated to Indonesian musicals aims to grow the country's local musical industry scene.
July 18, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – A collaboration of German and Indonesian artists held an exhibition based on the studies on gold mining in Papua's Mimika Regency, and coal mines in Leipzig, Germany.
July 16, 2022
Frechen-Konigsdorf, Germany – On June 24, the Indonesian artist-group Taring Padi, whose incriminated giant banner titled "People's Justice" was retracted, rolled up and removed, releas
June 29, 2022
Sylviana Hamdani, Jakarta – For the soft opening of Taman Ismail Marzuki, the Jakarta Arts Council showcases some of its most notable archives and art collection.
May 30, 2022
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – After three days of live performances, the 2022 Java Jazz Festival officially came to an end on Sunday night.
April 4, 2022
Yudhistira Agato, Jakarta – Under the moniker Pure Wrath, Januaryo Hardy has released a melodic record that seeks to capture the pain of Indonesia's 1965 mass killing survivors.
February 24, 2022
Evi Eliyanah – The 2021 film Penyalin Cahaya (Photocopier), co-written and directed by Wregas Bhanuteja, has recently found itself at the center of the ongoing debate on sexual violence
February 7, 2022
January 10, 2022
Annie Sloman – Thursday night, hot, humid and sweaty as the sun sets over the capital of Timor-Leste. On the side of the road a large crowd gathers around a makeshift stage.
November 17, 2021
Cilacap – In a quiet mangrove forest in central Indonesia, a man moves gingerly across vegetation distinguished by its big, wooden stilt roots, searching for fallen mangrove fruits that
September 30, 2021
Stania Puspawardhani – Street art has been much discussed across Indonesia's airwaves in the last couple of months.
April 2, 2021
Erwin Pietersz, Jessica Washington and Syarina Hasibuan, Bali, Indonesia – Sixty years ago, I Ketut Soki was the delighted recipient of his first painting kit – and since that day, he h
March 18, 2021
Syam Terrajana, Yogyakarta – Her eyes are sad. Her arms stretch out, palms facing up. One hand has a tray with cups on it, on another hand she has a bag hanging. In the bag were books.
February 19, 2021
Hengky Yeimo, Nabire – Visual artist from West Papua, Ellya Alexander Tebay, has taken inspiration from Papuan local food, sweet potatoes or "ubi" in Indonesian, to express his lament f
February 14, 2021
Linda Morris – A haunting video art installation acknowledging the murderous history of anti-communist purges in Bali has won this year's Blake Prize.
February 9, 2021
Hengky Yeimo, Nabire – People in West Papua called hip hop music "musik bicara-bicara", which can be loosely translated into conversational music or talks music, because it has spoken w
December 4, 2020
Ian Lloyd Neubauer, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia – Graffiti as a bona fide art form in Indonesia can be traced to the early 1990s when hip-hop, break dancing and elements of the urban Amer
November 11, 2020
Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – An exhibition portraying the life of legendary artist Affandi through his own works was held at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta this month, featuring 15
October 3, 2020
Jewel Topsfield – If it was a book it would be a page-turner: the Australian woman living on a tropical island who founded a literary festival imperilled by terrorist attacks, smoulderi
July 5, 2020
Marcel Thee – Seven passionate record collectors are helping to preserve long-forgotten Indonesian music of the 20th century with their archival project Irama Nusantara, Indonesian for
May 29, 2020
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – At a meeting of artists and cultural activists after the 2018 Indonesian Cultural Congress, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo pledged to set up a Rp 5 tril
April 18, 2020
Ali MC – Domingos Pinto Gabrial, also known as Berliku, was a 19-year-old school teacher in the northeastern city of Baucau when Indonesian forces invaded East Timor in December 1975.
March 21, 2020
Jakarta – Artists should focus on the management and curation of activities at Taman Ismail Marzuki post-revitalization.
February 29, 2020
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Java Jazz Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for many music fans in Indonesia, and not just for fans of jazz.
February 27, 2020
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan ensured that Taman Ismail Marzuki or TIM arts and culture center in Cikini will not be a commercial area after its revitalizatio
February 12, 2020
Tara Marchelin – After a successful debut in 2019, a premium art fair organized by some of Indonesia's major art collectors, Art Moments Jakarta, will return this year on Apr.
February 6, 2020
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Communality remains the one thing to sustain art communities in Indonesia, allowing them to survive amid dearth of sponsorship and a government too busy paperi
January 29, 2020
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia has ratified the Beijing Treaty, a multilateral agreement that regulates the intellectual property rights of audiovisual artists, including the reproduc
January 21, 2020
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – "Panembahan Reso," a classic play that tells the story of a bloody power struggle and a barely disguised critique of New Order politics, written by the la
January 8, 2020
Marcel Thee – Slapping their bodies and running in chaotic circles flailing their limbs, members of Jakarta's controversial 69 Performance Club create confrontational shows that aren't
December 8, 2019
Ainur Rohmah – It is early morning in Giriloyo, Yogyakarta, and a group of women are busy drawing motifs on white cloth in an open gazebo.
December 7, 2019
Jakarta – An exhibition at Darmawangsa Residence in South Jakarta brings the art of Papua's Kamoro tribe to the capital and lets visitors place bids on sculptures and plait work from I
November 29, 2019
Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – The capital city's plan to build a hotel in Taman Ismail Marzuki is finally canceled after the city legislative body (DPRD) cut the budget for the arts center rev
November 26, 2019
Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan has spoken up the reasons for the hotel construction as part of the revitalization project of Taman Ismail Marzuki arts and cultur
November 25, 2019
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Depok – The University of Indonesia's student executive body is holding the UI ArtX 2019 exhibition on campus from Nov. 24 to Nov. 29.
October 2, 2019
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – "Karma" is the theme of the 16th annual Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, set to take place at various locations in Ubud, Bali, on Oct. 23-27.
September 10, 2019
Heru Asprihanto, Bogor, Indonesia – It's a warm night in Indonesia and the air is filled with excitement as villagers watch a puppet show accompanied by traditional music.
August 30, 2019
Ali MC, Dili, East Timor – It's a Saturday morning in downtown Dili, the bustling port city and capital of one of the youngest nations in the world, East Timor.
August 21, 2019
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Jakarta Youth for Performing Arts' performance of the award-winning, mental health-themed musical "Next to Normal" at Usmar Ismail Hall in South Jakarta on Tu
July 19, 2019
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo promised to allocate eternal funds to support the development of the country's arts and creative industry in next year'
July 12, 2019
John McDonald – When the Reformasi era began in 1998 Indonesian art burst out like a tightly coiled spring released from its bonds.
July 3, 2019
Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that the management of the iconic Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) arts and culture center in Cikini, Central Jakarta, will be handed over
June 25, 2019
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore – In 2018, Meiliana, a Chinese Indonesian living in Sumatra, was jailed. Her crime?
June 3, 2019
Hannah Ekin – The Jakarta History Museum in Kota Tua is currently hosting -2m: Voices From (Below) the Sea, a contemporary art exhibition that explores the spatial, social and ecologic
April 30, 2019
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has officially opened the Jakbook book market at Kenari Market in Salemba, Central Jakarta, in a bid to provide affordable books.
April 25, 2019
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – In the '80s and '90s under the New Order, Indonesian theater company Gandrik gained notoriety for its biting social satire, which often earned the ire of governme
March 5, 2019
Theodora Sarah Abigail – Many foreigners hold a mental image of a primitive Indonesia that is full of slums and dirty rivers and piles of garbage.