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Jakarta Post

Bandung: Get the creative juices flowing

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sun, May 4 2008   /  10:06 am
Artists work on their notebooks at Kopi Selasar. (JP/Prodita Sabarini)(JP/Prodita Sabarini)

Artists work on their notebooks at Kopi Selasar. (JP/Prodita Sabarini) It was ironic that as I left Jakarta and sped along the Cipularang toll road in a shuttle van, I could actually feel myself slowing down. It could be Bandung's cool air or its ultra-cool teenagers; its big shade trees or its old Dutch buildings that create the relaxed atmosphere. Whatever it is, it feels good. It is not surprising that Jakartans like to spend their weekends in the West Java capital: The city is famous for its factory outlets and its culinary delights. It also has a number of hot springs that are popular for recreation. And, it's only a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. However, one side of Bandung is often overlooked by tourists: its creative side. On a three-day trip to Bandung, I planned to find out everything I could about the local art scene. Event flyers at Sel...