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Culture

  • Performing Bali on Wall Street

    Three dancers rehearse in an unfinished industrial space in downtown New York. The concrete floor is painted with an elaborate pattern of circles and squares that simulates the Balinese tika calendar.

  • The sleeping beauty slumbers still

    According to the city managers of Old Town (Kota Tua), there are hundreds of heritage buildings in Kota Tua, owned by state-owned companies, private companies and individuals.

  • A bloodline of legend and legacy

    At first appearance, Bali in the 21st century has been blighted by the same issues facing much of Indonesia and dozens of other nations.

  • The beauty, ritual and art of Dayak dance

    The renowned choreographer Dedy Lutan recently presented his latest work, Hutan Pasir Sunyi, or The Silent Sand Forest, at Galeri Indonesia Kaya in the Grand Indonesia shopping center in Central Jakarta.

  • Demystifying ‘kerokan’ a Surakarta palace healing tradition

    Kerokan— or scraping the skin with oil and a coin —is a traditional Javanese healing therapy.

    Some, however, say the therapy might be harmful, causing skin to thin and opening up pores and blood vessels.

  • Amid the winds of change

    The Ternate sultanate in Maluku has played an important role in the history of Indonesia.

    In its heyday, the sultanate was a magnet for Portuguese and Spanish colonists who were eager to fight and die for the chance to control its strategic position and natural resources.

  • Making batik, Druju style

    Several women are singing out of tune, breaking the prevailing silence, while their skillful hands draw with ink — following the lines and motifs on silk fabrics.

  • ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ dolls keep tradition alive

    Over the past several years, some Balinese have turned their hands to making miniature ogoh-ogoh dolls for local children.

  • ‘DRUPADI’: The classic role of women

    Master gamelan musician and composer Rahayu “Panggah” Supanggah has been on a new project that he sees as a challenge.

  • In Timika, women work to save the ‘noken’

    A noken woven bag is one of the best known pieces of Papua’s cultural heritage — and is a symbol of good life, peace and fertility.