An art exhibition, a traditional Javanese ballet, and a string of performing arts productions highlight the artistic scene in July 2018. Here are 8 of the events you can't miss!

Starting from July 1, Salihara Gallery in South Jakarta will stage “Grotesk”, a three-week display of Natisa Jones’s Bali explorations in a variety of media in which everything comes straight from the world of young people and the daily problems they face. Time: 11am-9pm.

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 On July 9, the Javanese-style traditional ballet Sriwedari will celebrate its 108th anniversary at the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta vintage theatre with two productions, Jabang Tetuko and Satriya Pringgodani. Founded in 1910 by Sunan Pakubuwono, ruler of Surakarta, the company underwent a revitalisation programme in 2011 under then-mayor Joko Widodo.

Meanwhile, also on July 9, Galeri Nasional, the national gallery in Jakarta, will stage “Kesenian dan Keagamaan”, a painting exhibition featuring the works of Tisna Sanjaya. Famous for his socio-political themes, works by the Bandung-born artist are highly treasured by domestic and international collectors alike. Free admission; opens 10am-5pm.

The hit boy band from South Korea, Wanna One, will stage their concert in Indonesia on July 15. A programme by Produce 101 Season 2, the “Wanna One World Tour One: The World” gig will be held at Indonesia Convention Exhibition in BSD City. Tickets: Rp2,308,000; showtime: 7pm.


Swinging from July 20 until July 22, Malik & the Essentials, Efek Rumah Kaca, White Shoes and The Couples, Lorde, James Bay, and more will feature at the We The Fest 2018 music, art, fashion, and food festival at Jiexpo Kemayoran. Three-day pass: Rp1,560,000; opens 10am.


On July 21, South Korean co-ed band KARD will meet their avid fans in a lively concert held at the Kasablanka Hall in Jakarta. Manned by J.Seph, B.M, So-min and Ji-woo, the K-Pop group’s official debut EP Hola Hola stormed the charts. Tickets: Rp1.5m; showtime: 6:30pm.

The city of Bandung is set to host the 17th West Java Marathon on July 22. A scenic route that passes through rows of Art-Deco and post-modern buildings will attract some 8,000 local and international runners fighting to be the best in 5K, 10K, 21K, and 40K races.  

On July 23, nine young men from Amsterdam grouped as Jungle by Night will turn the dance floor of the grand theatre at Graha Bhakti Budaya, Taman Ismail Marzuki, into a sweat box as few can resist their unique blend of music styles. Showtime: 7pm-10:30pm.

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