In May, the flowers are in bloom and a variety of programmes will brighten up your days and nights ranging with a rock concert, a rave party, a painting exhibition, dance fests and the annual Jakarta Fair. Read them below!
From May 2, Galeri Nasional, the National Gallery of Jakarta, will stage a 30-day contemporary painting exhibition “Manifesto 6.0” featuring exclusive artworks by Entang Witarsa, Heri Dono, Teguh Ostenrik, and friends, which focuses on the 20 years since the reformation. Venue: Hall A, B, C, D; time: 9am-4pm; entrance: free.
Erasmus Huis, Goethe-Institut and Institut Français, among other venues will present “Europe on Screen”. The 10-day (starting from May 3) screening of the best films from various countries in Europe will also be held at six big cities across the archipelago, including Surabaya and Yogyakarta. Admission: free.
The SHVR Ground Festival returns with happy vibes and groovy tunes on May 4 to quench your thirst for dance music in a two-night rave at the Alliance Eco Park, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol. Time: 6pm-3am; tickets: Rp675.000.
Gugun Blues Shelter, Jakarta Blues Factory feat Dikta Wicaksono, Fernando Brazil with Bali Jamz, and Crazy Horse Floyd Bali will light up the Bali Blues Festival at Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua on May 11. Time: 5pm-11pm. Tickets: two-days pass, Rp250,000.
On May 12, Mecimapro promoter presents NU’EST - New Establish Style Tempo, a boy band from South Korea to satisfy K Pop fans at the “W – Double You” concert at Kasablanka Hall, Jakarta. Showtime: 6:30pm; tickets: Rp900,000-Rp1.4m.
Josh Marcy explores the concept of pedestrian traffic as a melting-pot of individuals on May 19, and he translates the vibes into a poetry-in-motion choreography titled "A Walk at Pedestrian" that reflects social issues in contemporary urban lifestyles. Venue: Salihara Black Box, Jakarta; showtime: 8pm; tickets: Rp75,000.
The biggest and most complete trade fair in Southeast Asia is back starting from May 23 to July 1. Taking place at the JIEXPO Kemayoran, the trade event started in 1968, initiated by Jakarta Governor Ali Sadikin and KADIN. Some 2,000 companies and 1,700 booths are ready to present the best of what The Big Durian has to offer. Tickets: Rp30,000; time: 3:30pm-10pm.