World Press Photo exhibition | Twisted Romance film screenings | Coffee and cocktail bar takeover | Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Sep 6-8)

Screenshot from the trailer of ‘Celestial Sorrow’, performance and installation by American contemporary choreographer Meg Stuart and Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto. Youtube/Goethe-Institut Indonesien
Screenshot from the trailer of ‘Celestial Sorrow’, performance and installation by American contemporary choreographer Meg Stuart and Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto. Youtube/Goethe-Institut Indonesien

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 features the photos from this year’s World Press Photo Contest. Visitors will be able to see the World Press Photo of the Year, and for the first time, the World Press Photo Story of the Year. The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 78,801 photographs entered by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries. 

As part of the exhibition, Erasmus Huis and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI Indonesia) will hold a talk with Suzan van den Berg (World Press Photo’s exhibition coordinator), Ng Swan Ti (PannaFoto Institute’s managing director), Abdul Manan (Chairman of AJI Indonesia) on the day of the opening, Friday, September 6, at 3pm-5pm.

The exhibition will run from September 6-26 at Erasmus Huis. 9am-4pm, Mon-Thu; 9am-2pm, Fri-Sat; closed on Sun and public holidays except on the day of Pasar Belanda. Free entry.


Coffee Meets Cocktail at Mother Monster

Get your caffeine fixed and your cocktail mixed in Coffee Meets Cocktail, featuring David Ong and Genevieve Buenavista of Manila’s The Curator Coffee and Cocktails, which has been voted as the best bar in the Philippines this year as well as one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars.

Friday, Sep 6 at Mother Monster, Plaza Indonesia. The coffee shift will be at 12 noon-3pm, followed by the cocktail shift at 7pm-10pm. RSVP to +62 821-2750-5146


Twisted Romance

The love stories that you see on films don’t always go smoothly or have happy endings. Obstacles can come from anywhere, from within ourselves, family, tradition, living condition, and even political situations. The five films selected to be screened in Twisted Romance — A Summer’s Tale, In The Aisles, The Aquatic Effect, The Big Sick, and Westwind — present romantic stories that can be overwhelming, funny, or gut-wrenching, with their own twists. You can also share your opinion on how twisted the stories in the films are by filling the commentary cards that will be provided in the screening.

Friday, Sep 6 – Sunday, Sep 8 at Kineforum. Tickets are obtained in exchange of voluntary donation.


Ulah Tanah (Mischievous Earth): solo exhibition by Julian Abraham “Togar” 

RUCI Art Space presents Ulah Tanah (Mischievous Earth), a solo exhibition by Julian Abraham “Togar” curated by Arief Yudi Rahman and Grace Samboh. For this exhibition, RUCI Art Space is temporarily transformed into “Super Baday Fitness Centre”, which features clay roof tiles as weights for fitness equipments. On Saturday, don’t miss UNORGANIZED RESPONSE: Reader publication launch and discussions from 4pm-7pm.

The exhibition currently runs until Sep 15 at RUCI Art Space, 11am-7pm daily. Free entry, RSVP for Saturday’s discussions to


‘Celestial Sorrow’: a creation by Meg Stuart and Jompet Kuswidananto/Damaged Goods

Celestial Sorrow was conceived during times spent together between American contemporary choreographer Meg Stuart and Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto in Indonesia, premiered as part of Europalia Festival in Brussels in January 2018 and has been touring internationally since. Departing from possession and implanted fictional traumas, they create a vibrant world of light and movement, inhabited by three performers and two musicians. Together the group embarks on an exploratory journey, moving through imaginary and invisible spaces, and the voices that make them resonate.

Created with and performed by Jule Flierl, Gaëtan Rusquet, and Claire Vivianne Sobottke, with live music by Mieko Suzuki and Ikbal Simamora Lubys. The Indonesian premiere of the piece is presented by Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Komunitas Salihara, and supported by the Foreign Ministry.

Saturday, Sep 7 at 8pm-10pm and Sunday, Sep 8 at 3pm-5pm at Komunitas Salihara. Free entry


DJ Puffy at Fable Jakarta

Barbadian DJ Andre “Puffy” Parris holds the coveted title of the winner of the Red Bull Music 3Style World DJ Championships in 2016. Born 28 years ago to a family of talented musicians, he has taken an interest in turntables since a very young age. Don’t miss his set at Fable, supported by ALL IN’s resident DJs. PS: no singlets, shorts, and sandals because dress up is a must.

Saturday, Sep 7 at Fable, from 11pm onwards. RSVP at +62 811 8035 666


Pasar Belanda

Pasar Belanda (Dutch Market) returns this year with the “orange goes green” theme, in which visitors and participants are encouraged to be more aware of nature, environment, and sustainability. Visitors can buy Dutch food, books, souvenirs, as well as learn about Dutch culture through musical performances, film screenings, seminars, and children’s programs.

Sunday, Aug 8 at Erasmus Huis, 11am-5pm. Free entry, register online here.


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