Jakarta International Literary Festival | Art, design, and documentary exhibitions | All-ages dance event | Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Aug 23-25)

An installation at ‘Karya Kita’ art and design exhibition at Senayan City. Photo: Instagram/@karyakita.taco
An installation at ‘Karya Kita’ art and design exhibition at Senayan City. Photo: Instagram/@karyakita.taco

Jakarta International Literary Festival 

Calling all literary enthusiasts: there’s a new event to add to your agenda this month. The first ever Jakarta International Literary Festival (JILF) is coming to the capital and is being held from August 20-24 at Taman Ismail Marzuki in Central Jakarta. JILF is being organized by the literary committee of the Jakarta Arts Council and, moving forward, the festival is planned to be held annually. The main theme for the inaugural edition of JILF is Pagar meaning “fence”, to reflect the increasingly blurred boundaries we have between nations and cultures due to waves of globalization. Read more about this event here.

JILF currently runs until Saturday, Aug 24 at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta.
Karya Kita is an art and design exhibition initiated by Taco Group, a building materials and interior company. As the name suggests, Karya Kitameaning “our creation” in Indonesian, is an exhibition that aims to support the collaboration between the players of the country’s creative industry. You can find several local artists and fashion labels at Karya Kita, such as ARTDEPT ID, Byo Bags, Kacapatris, Rinaldy A. Yunardi, and Sejauh Mata Memandang; as well as daily talkshows from the who’s who in the industry.
The exhibition currently runs until Sunday, August 25 at Senayan City Atrium, Central Jakarta. More info and talkshow schedules can be found on Karya Kita’s official Instagram page. Free entry.

This Sunday, enjoy a day full of furry love at We Woof You. Get special vouchers, door prizes, merchandise, and you might find your new four-legged family member at the event. Shop ‘til drop for your furry friends’ needs, and fill your tummy with the various F&B tenants to choose from at the bazaar. Don’t miss talk shows on pet health, photography, pet welfare issues and haircut demo, as well as a gathering with Westie Club Indonesia and a meet and greet with famous Insta-dogs, Meet The Sirs. This is a pet-friendly event, and you can bring them for a free health check up.

Saturday, Aug 24 at Infinity Tower Kemang Village, South Jakarta. Free entry


Erasmus Huis Dance Event

Don’t miss out on Erasmus Huis Dance Event, an all-ages dance event featuring DJs, producers, and speakers from the Netherlands and Indonesia. There will be an array of programs, from live DJ live performances, seminars & masterclasses, street art, to a photo expo. Dance to the tunes by Dutch and Indonesian DJs including Thomas Newson, Zushi, Sihk, and Andy Samin. Think you got what it takes to be a dance music producer? There will be an opportunity for you to drop your demo at the event. 

Saturday, August 24 at Erasmus Huis, Kuningan, South Jakarta from 12 noon to 11pm. Free entry, register online here.


ARKIPEL: Bromocorah

ARKIPEL, the Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, is back for its seventh edition. The word “ARKIPEL” is a play on from the word “archipelago” and the festival was initiated by Forum Lenteng to observe global phenomena in social, political, economic, and cultural contexts through cinema. This year’s theme has a lot to do with Modernism.

Visitors can expect to see film screenings, exhibitions, a forum festival and panel discussions.

The festival currently runs until Monday, Aug 26 at Goethe Haus, Menteng, Central Jakarta; Kultursinema exhibition, film screening, and discussions are held at National Museum (Museum Gajah). Free entry for all events except Kultursinema, IDR5,000/person for National Museum entry. More information and schedule are available on Arkipel’s official website.

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