5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (July 28-30)

Art Jakarta 2017 is taking place this weekend at The Ritz Carlton Pacific Place Ballroom. Photo: Art Stage Jakarta / Facebook
Art Jakarta 2017 is taking place this weekend at The Ritz Carlton Pacific Place Ballroom. Photo: Art Stage Jakarta / Facebook

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Get an eyeful of amazing local and international art at Art Jakarta 2017

Now in its 9th year, Art Jakarta is billed as “the First & The Foremost Art Fair in Indonesia” and will feature art from 50 galleries from across Indonesia as well as abroad. Taking place Friday to Sunday at the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, it’s a must visit for anybody interested in the local art scene. For more info check out the Art Jakarta FB page as well as the schedule of events below, including discussions, live painting sessions and performance pieces.


Throw a pie in a famous person’s face to support a fantastic charity (Sunday morning)


Founded by Yeni Mulyaningsih Dewi after tragically losing her 7-year-old son, Taufan, to leukemia, Komunitas Taufan offers moral and financial support to other underprivileged families that find themselves in similar situations (it’s also one of our favorite volunteer organizations in Jakarta).

The Pies In The Face Charity is an annual event to raise funds for Komunitas Taufan by, as you might have guessed, letting participants pay for the opportunity to throw a pie in somebody’s face.

This year the event is taking on Sunday, July 30 at fX Sudirman from 8am to 11am. For a donation of Rp 50,000 you can throw a pie, from three steps away, at one of the volunteer targets, including travel writer Trinity, singer Ricky Karnadi, the members of pop music group HIVI! and folks from lots of other remarkable volunteer organizations that are also participating in the event.

(FYI you don’t have to worry about food wastage as the pies are just made of fluffy whipped cream and there are volunteers tasked with going up after each pie is thrown to collect whipped cream for recycling and reuse.)

If you’re not so sure about your aim or just want to give more, you can also smack the volunteers in the face with your pie directly for Rp 100,000. For more information, email info@komunitastaufan.org or check out the Komunitas Taufan FB page.

Get your game on at BEKRAF Game Prime and Jakarta Games Week 2017


Whether you’re into video games, board games or even VR, this is a great weekend to be in Jakarta. First up, there’s BEKRAF Game Prime, billed as “The Biggest Game Industry Event in Indonesia”, which is taking place this weekend at Balai Kartini. Although it’s aimed at those in the game industry, there’ll be plenty of things for the general gamer public as well. You can meet some of Indonesia’s best designers, test VR and board games, get nostalgic in the classic arcade area, engage in game tournaments, cosplay contests and much more. For more info, check out www.gameprime.asia


Gamers may also want to head to the relatively new Neo Soho mall to check out Jakarta Games Week 2017 on Saturday and Sunday. There’ll be fighting game tournaments, Pokemon, PES and cosplay competitions, VR and Arcade areas and lots of other ways to get your geek on.

Pig out at Pork and Roll at Lippo Mall Puri


If you’re the sort of person that dreams of bacon and crispy pork belly, then you need to head to Lippo Mall Puri this weekend for the latest edition of the Pork and Roll food festival. Titled “Pork and Roll : Return of The Pork Master”, this edition will feature tons of tenants cooking up beautiful babi dishes from all over the world, including Indonesian, Chinese and Western delights. You can check out the Pork and Roll Instagram page to see all of the drool-worthy dishes.

Hear the supersonic sounds of Indonesian traditional music made modern by the masterful KunoKini (Saturday night)


KunoKini are known as one of the most innovative musical duos in Indonesia, combining traditional Indonesian instruments such as Gendang Jawa, Rebana Biang and Saluang with modern hip hop beats to create a sound all their own. They’ll be performing at Institut Français d’Indonésie this Saturday at 7:30pm alongside Laura Kidd and Danielle Carragher (DANI), two talented musicians who are collaborating with KunoKini through a British Council Indonesia program.

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