Say what you will about Jakarta, but nobody can accuse the capital of being boring. We have put together this city guide with plenty of great suggestions on things you can do to fill your days with thought-provoking art exhibitions, cool events and much more! We update this page every Thursday so feel free to add it to your bookmarks.
After a two-year hiatus, We The Fest, one of the biggest music festivals in Jakarta, returns with a lineup that’ll make you go “WTF” in a good way. From Friday to Sunday, head on over to the GBK Sports Complex in Senayan to catch some of the biggest international and domestic acts today, including Jackson Wang, Swae Lee, Lyodra, and many more.
2 days of Seventeen
Fresh off last weekend’s Super Junior concert, Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD City is hosting yet another mega K-pop act in Seventeen this weekend. The boyband will perform back-to-back shows on Saturday and Sunday to promote their fourth studio album, Face the Sun.
Sept. 24 and 25 at ICE BSD City. Tickets are sold out.
M Bloc Fest 2022
The 3-week long M Bloc Fest, billed as a celebration of music, art, design, and literature, is set to kick off this Sunday at creative space M Bloc. Led by M Bloc Music Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 2), the festival will be graced by some of the biggest names in the local indie scene, such as Sore, Navicula, and Efek Rumah Kaca. The rest of the festival runs until Oct. 16.
M Bloc Music Week runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2. IDR150K for a daily pass or IDR300K for an 8-day pass. Get your tickets here. The rest of the festival runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 16.
Alternative cinema café Kineforum is back with its on-site screening format at the Ismail Marzuki Park arts and cultural center. For its September program, titled Generasi(on)al, Kineforum is screening shorts and feature-length movies by acclaimed local filmmakers, highlighting the commonalities in struggle and hope between generations of Indonesians.
George Calombaris at Skye
George Calombaris, one of the world’s most influential chefs who you may know as one of the OG judges of Masterchef Australia, is taking over the kitchen of SKYE Bar & Restaurant along with its executive chef Adhitia Julisiandi. It’s not everyday that you can get the chance to devour Calombaris’ prawn kataifi and prime short ribs.
Sept. 23 at SKYE. IDR1,250K++ per person. To reserve a spot, contact +62 818 0888 5404.
World Press Photo exhibition
An exhibition of the world’s finest works of visual journalism of the past year comes to Dutch cultural center Erasmus Huis in Jakarta. From thousands of entries, only 24 photographers from 23 countries made the cut, including Indonesia’s own Abriansyah Liberto.
Sept. 9 to Oct. 1 at Erasmus Huis Dutch cultural center Jakarta. Free entry. No reservations needed.
Distrik Seni at Sarinah
Distrik Seni (Art District) aims to give a platform for the capital’s artists to showcase their work, where such platforms are hard to come by. Starting this weekend at Sarinah mall, check out more than 100 works from 30 local artists while supporting the thriving local arts scene.
The only place in town where you’ll find a bouncy castle hanging upside down. “Personalia” by local art collective Tromarama seeks to answer questions on how technology, as the bridge between the virtual and real worlds, affects people’s decision making in their daily lives.
Exhibitions at Museum MACAN
Spend a day learning about Indonesian history through works by Indonesian leading artists at Museum MACAN. The following exhibitions are currently running at the art museum: Agus Suwage: The Theater of Me (until Oct. 16), Pose (until Oct. 2), Theresia Agustina Sitompul: Traveling Blues (until Oct. 30) at the Children’s Art Space, as well as Yayoi Kusama’s permanent installation titled, “Infinity Mirrored Room — Brilliance of the Souls.”