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.
Literature & The Arts
October 2, 2019
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.
February 1, 2019
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Panturas Band member Surya Fikri Asshidiq said the draft bill on music, otherwise known as RUU Permusikan, would make musicians shared the same fate
October 30, 2018
Brigid Delaney – The 15th Ubud Writers and Readers festival wrapped up on Sunday, after five days of panels featuring more than 150 speakers.
September 26, 2018
Purba Wirastama, Jakarta – Two decades have passed but the whereabouts of poet-activists Wiji Thukul is still unknown after he disappeared mysteriously in 1998.
June 30, 2018
Quinton Temby – A principle of social movements seems to be that once a movement is written about there's a good chance it is now over or changed in some fundamental way.
June 27, 2018
Rod Yates – Karina Utomo was 16 years old and living in Canberra when she received an e-mail from Magic Dirt frontwoman Adalita.
June 23, 2018
Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar, Bali – "Indonesia's wealth is no longer just about natural resources.
May 25, 2018
Monica Arum, Jakarta – It is no easy thing to take the story of Pramoedya Ananta Toer's "This Earth of Mankind" from a novel and put it on the big screen.
May 18, 2018
Diella Yasmine, Jakarta – For a long time, before the mini-boom in Indonesian literature in translation started by the buzz over Eka Kurniawan's "Beauty Is a Wound," the only Indonesian
March 15, 2018
Dhania Sarahtika, Jakarta – In 1953, a woman won the literature award from Indonesia's Badan Musyawarah Kebudayaan Nasional, one of the most prestigious awards in the country at that ti
October 3, 2017
Lowokwaru – Australian writer Max Lane packed out a collegial seminar and book dissertation on his new book titled "Indonesia is not Present on this Earth of Mankind" (Indonesia Tidak Hadir di Bumi
Klojen – The name Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia's foremost writer who was born in 1925 and died in 2006, still resonates to this day, not just in Indonesia but internationally, bridging the cult
June 12, 2017
Khoo Ying Hooi, University of Malaya – "Quirky is one way of describing this art space," writes the Lonely Planet about Arte Moris.
May 12, 2017
David Robie, Yogyakarta – A vision for a progressive activists, writers and researchers retreat in the lush outskirts of Indonesia's most cultural city, Yogyakarta, is close to becoming reality.