Say what you will about Jakarta, 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.
Concerts galore: Cigarettes After Sex, Kehlani, and more
Like us, you probably wish you could duplicate yourselves as six international acts are performing in Jakarta this weekend. The weekend of music starts with Cigarettes After Sex on Friday; followed by Kehlani, Jeff Satur, Itzy, and EXO-SC on Saturday; and finally Mamamoo on Sunday. For more information and tickets, check out our 2023 Jakarta concerts guide below.
A festival for music and content creators, Creator’s Playdate is an all-in-one event hosted by GoPlay, the live streaming platform subsidiary of Gojek. On the stage, pop group JKT48, Dikta Wicaksono, and Hiroaki Kato are some of the standouts.
If your ears are longing for something less monotonous/predictable, head over to Salihara Arts Center to witness some of the country’s finest jazz musicians express themselves and jam with each other.
Have an Orgsm
No, we don’t mean achieving sexual climax (although, what’s stopping you?). This event, hosted by Indonesian perfumery HMNS, is a celebration of their award-winning perfume Orgsm. Embark on a sensory journey to “a realm of pure pleasure,” attend a talk by the company’s CEO, and enjoy musical and dance performances. A dress code corresponding to these shades of pink applies.
Kawasaki Bike Week
Here’s one for motorbike-obsessed Indonesians (especially those who own or are dreaming of Kawasakis). Meet fellow Kawasaki riders and grease monkeys amid some revved up shows, featuring local acts Soegi Bornean and Saykoji. Who knows, you might drive away with the Kawasaki motorcycle door prize.
The Big Picture
Ashta District 8 is more than just a shopping center this month, as it is hosting a series of events and exhibitions titled “The Big Picture.” There, you can check out awe-inspiring art installations courtesy of the likes of Art:1, as well as a desserts market.
Jan. 26-Feb.25 at Ashta District 8.
Galeri Nasional (National Gallery) is hosting “New Hope” this month, showcasing works from 30 local and international artists that dabble in the theme of hope. The showcase, curated by renowned art and literature critic Arif Bagus Prasetyo, opens on Feb. 3.
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Emporium Pluit
The Barongsai lion dancers are out as we usher in the Year of the Rabbit. At Emporium Pluit Mall, you can join in the festivities and watch near-daily lion dances as well as other special performances. Of course, look out for angpao gifts and offers from the mall and tenants.
Jan. 13 to Feb. 5 at Emporium Pluit Mall.
The Soul Trembles at Museum Macan
Museum Macan is showcasing Japanese visual artist Chiharu Shiota’s exhibition The Soul Trembles — her first in Indonesia. Shiota often confronts fundamental ideas regarding human existence in her works, such as life, death and relationships.