• An artful escape with Festival Salihara

    A cultural community known as Komunitas Salihara will officially begin its month-long biannual Festival Salihara on Sunday, inviting people to take a break from their routines to join a colorful art party.

  • Wake me up when Catwoman is not a cat

    For those who inquired about my well-being after my mega revelation recently, thank you for being such sweethearts. Yes, I’m fine, only the cat lover in me was a wreck upon learning that Hello Kitty was not a cat.

  • Guess what?: Endah N Rhesa give Jokowi a challenge

    JAKARTA: Duo Endah and Rhesa are urging president-elect Joko “Jokowi“ Widodo to improve the law on intellectual rights in favor of artists and musicians.

  • Guess what?: Indra Birowo, Sophia team up

    JAKARTA: Musician-cum-actor Indra Birowo is collaborating with actress/singer Sophia Latjuba for “Tak Bisa Menunggu” (Can’t Wait), a single from the Indra’s band Matari.

  • Taking cinema to the streets of Banda Aceh

    The Kotak Hitam Banda Aceh, or “Banda Aceh Black Box”, community held several days of public film screenings last week to commemorate the signing of the Helsinki peace accords nine years ago.

  • ‘Bioskop mesum’ Grindhouse cinemas and the slow death of movies in Aceh

    The province has since been rebuilt and gained autonomy from the central government, as well as ended a decades-long separatist insurgency and introduced sharia, which led to movie screens going dark in Aceh for the last decade.

  • ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Changes course

    The sequel to Disney’s animated cartoon Planes is a feel-good movie that everyone can enjoy, but definitely not for children under 10.

  • IN MEMORIAM: Thio Tiong Gie, Semarang’s senior puppet master, dies at 81

    Thio Tiong Gie, a renowned poo tay hie puppet master from Semarang, Central Java, died on Wednesday. He was 81.

  • Guess what?: Happy tries hand at jewelry business

    JAKARTA: Film and theater actress Happy Salma is excited about her new activity of creating gold and silver jewelry with her close friend Sri Luce Rusna.

  • For Kua Etnika, tradition is evolution

    Melodies plucked by electric guitar pierce the quiet, teasing, before a wooden flute responds, swaying like a charmed cobra.

  • Ringing with symbolism

    For thousands of years, bells have been carrying prayers and messages to the heavens, their mix of smelted copper and tin allowing the bells to vibrate rather than crack on striking.

  • The ‘maker’ of six presidents

    The artist has been entrusted to create statues of the country’s six presidents, from the country’s first president Sukarno to current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

  • Fighting for gender justice

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, is perhaps a fitting saying to describe women’s rights activist Neng Dara Affiah, who, just like her father, has a penchant for extensive learning and social work.

  • A place for Women

    CeweQuat community provides a place and activities for women aged 18 to 25 who want to bring out and shape their characters.

  • Every genie deserves help to be free

    I woke up on Tuesday to the stunning news of Robin Williams’ untimely passing.

  • Of silhouettes & sand

    Soft afternoon sunlight radiated throughout the hall of when a silhouette of a woman approached from the other end.

  • Ideas collide, friendship remains

    There are many ways to celebrate a nation’s independence day.

  • Hard, bitter laughs

    Negeri Tanpa Telinga (Country without Ears) delivers subversive jabs at the country’s politics, spouting black humor for the audience to laugh at, however painfully.

  • The surviving Balinese cockfighting rituals

    I paid Rp 15,000 fee and entered the thatched hut barricaded with bamboo and banana leaves. Hardly did I finish giving the scene a look around before I found myself donning a coat of curious Balinese eyes, from men with young features to old wizened faces.

  • An exposure of talent, hard work

    Courage is not the only trait that has catapulted Nicoline Patricia Malina to fame as a world-class fashion photographer.