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Flashback 2017: Best in arts & culture - Part 2

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Jakarta | Sun, December 24, 2017 | 09:04 am
Flashback 2017: Best in arts & culture - Part 2

Contrasting colors: Participants from Depok, West Java, perform the Godek Ayu dance in brightly colored traditional costumes during the 12th Cultural Parade from Jl. Semeru to Gajayana Stadium in Malang, East Java. (JP/Aman Rochman)

The JPlus section of The Jakarta Post has captured many moments throughout 2017, from the annual fashion events in Jakarta and traditional ceremonies across the country, to art exhibitions, music and social movements throughout the city.

Below are some of the most notable moments to remind us of the memorable year we will soon farewell. 

JULY

July 6-9

Karo’s festival of flowers and fruits

The region of Karo, a popular North Sumatra tourist destination, known for its cool temperatures, again held its annual Flowers and Fruits Festival this year. Staged at the Mejuah-Juah Park in Berastagi over four days, the festival was attended by thousands of people and offered a range of traditional art performances.

Contemplation: Award-winning artist Melati Suryodarmo stages Eins und Eins (One and One) at Museum MACAN in Jakarta.Contemplation: Award-winning artist Melati Suryodarmo stages Eins und Eins (One and One) at Museum MACAN in Jakarta. (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung)

July 15

Solo Batik Carnival highlights Javanese culture’s glory days

The 10th edition of the Solo Batik Carnival was held on Jl. Slamet Riyadi in Surakarta, Central Java. Featuring 400 participants under the theme of Astamurti Kawijayan, the event allowed visitors to view a variety of rich traditional costumes adorned with flowers, birds, wayang and masks.

The Jakarta Fashion Week 2018 opening show presented down the runway 11 chosen Indonesian designers to represent the festival's theme this year, The Jakarta Fashion Week 2018 opening show presented down the runway 11 chosen Indonesian designers to represent the festival's theme this year, "Bhinneka Dalam Berkarya" (Diversity in creating). Among them, designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi presented a striking headpiece. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

July 19

Parade unites culture and diversity through beauty, color

Thousands of people participated in the 12th Cultural Parade from Jl. Semeru to Gajayana Stadium in Malang, East Java. Each wore traditional costumes representing 90 different cities of the Indonesian archipelago.

American actor Jason David Frank (second from right), who is known for his role as the original Green Rangers on popular television series 'Power Rangers', strikes a pose with Power Rangers members after the Indonesia Comic Con 2017 press conference on Thursday at La Moda, Plaza Indonesia.American actor Jason David Frank (second from right), who is known for his role as the original Green Rangers on popular television series 'Power Rangers', strikes a pose with Power Rangers members after the Indonesia Comic Con 2017 press conference on Thursday at La Moda, Plaza Indonesia. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Read also: Flashback 2017: Best in arts & culture - Part 1

AUGUST

Aug. 3

Tungguk Tembakau a tobacco harvest ritual with prayers

Tungguk Tembakau is a thanksgiving ceremony celebrated by residents of Senden village, in Boyolali regency, Central Java. Walking along village roads in traditional attire and parading piles of crops, local farmers participated in the ritual to welcome the harvest on the eastern slope of the Merapi-Merbabu mountain zone and express their gratitude to God Almighty for the tobacco they were going to gather.

Mesmerizing: Young Indonesian pianist and 2016 Grammy Awards nominee Joey Alexander performs at the Tourism Ministry in Jakarta on Sunday. Jakarta is the final destination of his concert tour 'A Night of a Million Imaginations,' after Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.Mesmerizing: Young Indonesian pianist and 2016 Grammy Awards nominee Joey Alexander performs at the Tourism Ministry in Jakarta on Sunday. Jakarta is the final destination of his concert tour 'A Night of a Million Imaginations,' after Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. (JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)

Aug. 10 – Sept. 17

Jakarta hosts The World of Ghibli Jakarta exhibition

The World of Ghibli Jakarta exhibition was staged for the first time in Indonesia at the Ritz-Carlton, Pacific Place, in South Jakarta. Held as a tribute to the studio’s fans in Indonesia, the event presented many installations related to the studio’s films, which include Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

A father poses with his daughter while they are roaming around the venue of 'Ini Ayah Hebatku' photo exhibition on Monday, Nov. 20 at Bentara Budaya, Central Jakarta. A father poses with his daughter while they are roaming around the venue of 'Ini Ayah Hebatku' photo exhibition on Monday, Nov. 20 at Bentara Budaya, Central Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Aug. 11-13

Art Stage Jakarta returns to the capital city

Contemporary art fair Art Stage Jakarta returned for its second instalment at Sheraton Grand Jakarta, Gandaria City Hotel in South Jakarta for three days. It presented local and international artworks from around 50 participating galleries.

'City of Destruction' ( 1997 ), a mixed media artwork by Made Wianta.'City of Destruction' ( 1997 ), a mixed media artwork by Made Wianta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

Aug. 11-13

We The Fest: The musical hits and misses

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made headlines when he popped into visit the summer festival We The Fest. Wearing casual attire, the President seemed to enjoy Charli XCX’s performance. He also reportedly stayed for Shura and Kodaline’s sets.

'Gong' player from Kyai Guntur Madu 'gamelan' as part of a ceremony which commemorates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad at Masjid Agung, Surakarta in Central Java on Friday, November 24, 2017.'Gong' player from Kyai Guntur Madu 'gamelan' as part of a ceremony which commemorates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad at Masjid Agung, Surakarta in Central Java on Friday, November 24, 2017. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Aug. 12

Six artists present stunning works at Museum MACAN

Six Indonesian and Chinese artists delivered remarkable performances at the First Sight event held at the country’s first world-class modern and contemporary art museum in November. Melati Suryodarmo, one of the artists, presented her Eins und Einds (One and One) show where she imagined herself as the embodiment of a disgruntled national full of oppression, aggression and violence.

Blast from the past: A visitor poses with characters from the 1990s TV show Ksatria Baja Hitam (Masked Rider Black) during The 90s Festival at JIExpo in Jakarta on Saturday. Currently in its third year, the event celebrates music, games and food popular in the 1990s.Blast from the past: A visitor poses with characters from the 1990s TV show Ksatria Baja Hitam (Masked Rider Black) during The 90s Festival at JIExpo in Jakarta on Saturday. Currently in its third year, the event celebrates music, games and food popular in the 1990s. (JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)

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OCTOBER

Oct. 21-27

Jakarta Fashion Week 2018 celebrates diversity in 10th anniversary

Entering its 10th year, Jakarta Fashion Week 2018 made a point to celebrate diversity, with the annual festival adopting the theme of “Bhinneka dalam Berkarya” (diversity in creating).

Strong: Jakarta Disabled Children's Foundation (YPAC) performances showcase the hidden talents of the foundation's members to the public.Strong: Jakarta Disabled Children's Foundation (YPAC) performances showcase the hidden talents of the foundation's members to the public. (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

Oct. 28-29

Pop culture fans flock to Indonesia Comic Con 2017

Held at the end of October, the third edition of Indonesia Comic Con returned to the capital city at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, South Jakarta. Pop-culture devotees of the city flocked to the event, especially cosplayers who donned costumes of their favorite characters. Among the special guests was American actor Jason David Frank who is known for his role as the original Green Ranger in the series Power Rangers.

The end: Workers dismantle Buaran Cinema on Jl. Buaran Indah Raya in Buaran, East Jakarta, on Sunday. The cinema had been in operation since 1989, but was closed and dismantled due to declining attendance.The end: Workers dismantle Buaran Cinema on Jl. Buaran Indah Raya in Buaran, East Jakarta, on Sunday. The cinema had been in operation since 1989, but was closed and dismantled due to declining attendance. (JP/Ben Latuihamallo)

NOVEMBER

Nov. 12

Joey Alexander: Bringing joy to all

Jazz pianist Joey Alexander, 14, returned home to Indonesia to end his Asian Tour at ICE BSD in South Tangerang, Banten, with a concert entitled as “A Night with a Million Imaginations.” To an audience of 2,500 people, Joey performed a number of compositions and songs, including Chrisye’s “Zamrud Khatulistiwa.”

Speaking up: Activists from LBH APIK and Forum Suara Penyitas stage a play titled Ode Tusuk Konde at the Goethe-Institute cultural center in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Sunday. The play, held to commerate the final day of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, aimed to remind the public of rampant violence against women. It was also hoped the play could help survivors of violence to recover.Speaking up: Activists from LBH APIK and Forum Suara Penyitas stage a play titled Ode Tusuk Konde at the Goethe-Institute cultural center in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Sunday. The play, held to commerate the final day of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, aimed to remind the public of rampant violence against women. It was also hoped the play could help survivors of violence to recover. (JP/Ben Latuihamallo)

Nov. 20-25

Photo exhibition highlights the importance of fatherhood

To celebrate National Father’s Day, which falls every Nov. 12, a photo exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Central Jakarta, was held over six days. Entitled “Ini Ayah Hebatku” (This is My Super Father), the exhibition focused on the importance of fatherhood by portraying moments between a father and his child.

One of Rinaldy A. Yunardi's pieces on the designer's fashion show in Jakarta.One of Rinaldy A. Yunardi's pieces on the designer's fashion show in Jakarta. (JP/Liza Yosephine)

Nov. 23 – Dec. 8

‘Run for Manhattan:’: Beyond an artistic statement

“Run for Manhattan” was a retrospective exhibition of works by the maestro of modern Balinese art, Made Wianta. Held in Jakarta, the exhibition’s title was not a pun, but a reference to Wianta’s line of creative expression before he suffered a stroke. 

Some of the best Asian hip-hop acts graced this year’s installment of Asia’s largest electronic music festival, Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP).Some of the best Asian hip-hop acts graced this year’s installment of Asia’s largest electronic music festival, Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP). (JP/Ben Latuihamallo)

Nov. 24 – Dec. 1

Surakarta marks Maulid Nabi Muhammad with traditional spectacle

Held to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, or Maulid Nabi Muhammad, the Sekaten ceremony began with performances from two sets of gamelan, the Kyai Guntur Madu and Kyai Guntur Sari, at the Kasunana Palace in Surakarta, Central Java.

Contrasting colors: Participants from Depok, West Java, perform the Godek Ayu dance in brightly colored traditional costumes during the 12th Cultural Parade from Jl. Semeru to Gajayana Stadium in Malang, East Java.Contrasting colors: Participants from Depok, West Java, perform the Godek Ayu dance in brightly colored traditional costumes during the 12th Cultural Parade from Jl. Semeru to Gajayana Stadium in Malang, East Java. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Nov. 25

90s kids enjoy their time reliving the past

The 90s Festival, held at the JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, featured popular singers and bands from the 90s. Among the musical acts were rock band Dewa 19 with its original singer, Ari Lasso, pop band known for its naughty lyrics Potret, and pop singer admired for her humming technique Reza Artamevia.

Celebration: Thousands of people attend the Flowers and Fruits Festival in Berastagi, Karo region, in North Sumatra.Celebration: Thousands of people attend the Flowers and Fruits Festival in Berastagi, Karo region, in North Sumatra. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Nov. 28-30

EKI Update 3.0: A noble effort to connect with the youth

Eksotika Karmawibhangga Indonesia (EKI) Dance Company’s latest event, EKI Update 3.0, aimed to bring audiences into the world of millennials. Held at the Jakarta Arts Building at Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, the event was special in that it was held in collaboration with the Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Children (YPAC) Jakarta, members of which joined the performances.

One of the participants in Solo Batik Carnival.One of the participants in Solo Batik Carnival. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

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DECEMBER

Dec. 3

Closure marks end of analog film projector era

Buaran Theater in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which experienced the peak of its popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s, has been dismantled, ending the era of analog movie projection in Jakarta.

Sword and shield: Men from the West Nusa Tenggaran capital demonstrate the presean warrior dance of Mataram during the 12th Cultural Parade from Jl. Semeru to Gajayana Stadium in Malang, East Java.Sword and shield: Men from the West Nusa Tenggaran capital demonstrate the presean warrior dance of Mataram during the 12th Cultural Parade from Jl. Semeru to Gajayana Stadium in Malang, East Java. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Dec. 10

Stories of survivors bring audience to tears, awareness

Staged at Goethe Haus, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Ode Tusuk Konde (An Ode to a Hair-pin Clip) powerfully gave voice to the pain and struggles of women and children who have experienced sexual abuse and systematic voice. It told the story of Kampung Jugun – a small, remote village that provides protection for women and children marginalized by society after becoming victims of violence.

A colorful parade: Residents parade gunungan, mountain-shaped piles of crops, during Tungguk Tembakau, a thanksgiving ritual in Senden village, Selo district, Boyolali, Central Java, on Aug. 3.A colorful parade: Residents parade gunungan, mountain-shaped piles of crops, during Tungguk Tembakau, a thanksgiving ritual in Senden village, Selo district, Boyolali, Central Java, on Aug. 3. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Dec. 13

Rinaldy A. Yunardi takes on elements in new couture collection

Known internationally for his intricate accessories, Indonesian designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi presented a couture collection of 47 looks on the runway. The collections theme of “equilibrium,” he said, portrayed a balance of the elements.

Two female visitors take pictures with Kaonashi with the help of one of the exhibition's attendants at The World of Ghibli Jakarta exhibition.Two female visitors take pictures with Kaonashi with the help of one of the exhibition's attendants at The World of Ghibli Jakarta exhibition. (JP/Devina Heriyanto)

Dec. 15-16

DWP 2017: 88 Rising glows as the dancefloor blows

Some of the best Asian hip-hop acts graced this year’s installment of Asia’s largest electronic music festival, Djakarta Warehouse Project. In its ninth year, the festival, organized by Ismaya Live, took the turn of expanding their lineup to extend beyond EDM and trance to answer the increasing demand for hip-hop music, which has been swiftly taking over dancefloors in Indonesia and the rest of the world. (wir/kes)

'Paintings of Fame' series by Sunaryo at the 2017 Art Stage Jakarta.'Paintings of Fame' series by Sunaryo at the 2017 Art Stage Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

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