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Playfest 2019 returns with more diverse experiences

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, August 25, 2019  /  05:30 pm
Playfest 2019 returns with more diverse experiences

Enjoy the music: A visitor performs a 'dangdut' song at Playfest 2019 on Aug. 24 in the south parking area of GBK sports complex, Central Jakarta. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

The annual creative festival Playfest 2019 returns with more varied experiences on Saturday and Sunday in the south parking area of Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Central Jakarta.

Organized around the theme "See More, Experience Many", the event, initiated by digital content platform, invites visitors to see the creative industry from different perspectives, as well as widen their network by collaborating with other content creators.

Visitors exit the 'Visitors exit the '"Silent Cinema" section at Playfest 2019. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

The festival features different sections including "Talks"where speakers from different fields share their experiences; "Silent Talks", which features different guests and requires visitors to wear headphones to listen to their discussions; "Silent Cinema", where visitors can watch films using headphones; and "Art Zone", which displays art installations by Basha Market and murals from Never Too Lavish.

Additionally, festivalgoers are invited to gain inspiration from experienced content creators from Indonesia at "Creators on the Ground"; watch music performances at "Playzone"show off their singing skills at "Boleh Fals Zone" together with Pemuda Sinarmas and Mr. Nostalgila; and delve deeper into the dangdut universe while enjoying some of the songs at "Hello Dangdut".

Visitors take a selfie at Playfest 2019.Visitors take a selfie at Playfest 2019. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

On the first day, filmmaker duo Riri Riza and Mira Lesmana spoke about their creative process in the "Talks" section.

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Riri encouraged wannabe filmmakers to learn more, including about life and human stories. “Join film workshops – after that you can choose your fields based on your passion,” Riri said on Saturday. “For now, we need more sound designers, sound recordists, makeup artists and stylists.”

Director Riri Riza (left), host Shafira Umm (center) and producer Mira Lesmana (right) during a sharing session on Aug. 24.Director Riri Riza (left), host Shafira Umm (center) and producer Mira Lesmana (right) during a sharing session on Aug. 24. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

The director of Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops) also suggested that young filmmakers learn more about film production in the formal sector. “If you have the access, you can apply for scholarships abroad,” Riri said.

Mira recommended that creators gain more experience by making short films and feature films if they are more confident in storytelling later on. “We have to respect our medium – be it television, YouTube or cinema. If we see film as a community and stepping stone, nothing will come out of it,” Mira said.

Visitors of Playfest 2019 visit the Visitors of Playfest 2019 visit the "Silent Talks" section. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

The star-studded festival can consider itself successful as it attracted visitors from different parts of Jakarta.

Hailing from Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta, Kiki, 22, and Fitrah, 22, came to the festival for the first time to watch Sheila on 7, one of the bands who performed on the first day.

“The event is interesting. I saw a lot of booths on their Instagram photos and the venue is Instagrammable as well,” Kiki said.

Fitrah mentioned several sections that excited her. “The 'Silent Cinema' and dangdut music area. They’re worth a visit,” Fitrah said.

In the In the "Hello Dangdut" section, visitors can discover more about the music genre and enjoy several songs at the same time. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

The festival will feature more guests and music performances on Sunday, namely journalist and co-founder of, Najwa Shihab; director Joko Anwar; entrepreneur and the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka; artists Pinot & Dita Family; musician Bilal Indrajaya; and band Naif, among others.

Tickets are available on site with the price starting at Rp 150,000 (US$10.73). (kes)

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