Beside our beloved country's 72nd Independence Day celebrations, this August will also see an array of events ranging from art happenings, concerts, festivals to stage play. Scroll through our slides to find out which event you can't miss this August!

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On August 24th, Fairmont Jakarta is inviting talented pastry chef Luc Bigeard from The Savoy London will prepare a classic British afternoon tea at its Peacock Lounge. 

Artoz is hosting Nita Aartsen's Independence Jazz with Ismail Marzuki Song Book on August 24th at 8:30pm onwards. 

Suar Artspace is hosting jewellery tapestry workshop on August 26th at 1pm with Puji Lestari and Sakinah Alatas.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura is presenting a masterclass of jazz and piano performance by duo Marco Vezzoso & Alessandro Collina on August 26th at 6:30pm. Free entry.

In conjunction with ASEAN's 50th anniversary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and Directorate General of ASEAN cooperation are holding 'Parade ASEAN 50' where they will showcase a myriad of attractions performances, costumes, music and dances from ASEAN and Indonesia. The event will take place on August 27th at Car Free Day venue.

Galeri Nasional has teamed up with LuminaSense Photowork for a photography work exhibition of Arif Datoem from August 21st to 31st. The exhibition will take place at the B building and is curated by Sudjud Dartanto. Timing: 10am to 7pm.

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Semasa Cafe is hosting a Japanese tea ceremony in collaboration with Urasenke Indonesia offering three session on August 19th.

Don't forget to attend the Prambanan Jazz Festival 2017 in Yogyakarta this week from August 18th-20th. Find more details below!

From August 23-25, International Toys & Kids Expo will takes place at JIE Expo Kemayoran exhibiting China's biggest toy manufacturer. 

Dia.Lo.Gue. collaborates with Deskranasda Provinsi DKI Jakarta and presents a group exhibition of artists, such as Aditya Pratama, Monica Hapsari and Natasha Gabriella Tontey, among others, from Exi(s)t program titled “Jakarta Kita, Jakarta Kami”. The exhibition will take place at Atrium Senayan City and will be held from August 17th to 26th.

Meanwhile, Erasmus Huis Jakarta is still exhibiting its 'Dutch comic & animation - The Next Generation' that will runs until August 31st

Nightlife Updates: Kaum Jakarta is inviting music lovers to enjoy classic Indonesian songs with Ricky Virgina from White Shoes and the Couples Company on August 17th; The Safehouse Jakarta is hosting two southern capital regulars Orbix and Scrubs on August 18th; Union Jakarta is hosting another Together Whatever session featuring Maliq & D'essentials on August 20th at Union PIM Street Gallery. 

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Don't forget to attend Indonesia’s premium international art fair, ART STAGE Jakarta, from August 11 to 13 at Sheraton Grand Gandaria City Hotel Jakarta.

Elsewhere, whether you are in Bali or Jakarta, don't miss out on the year's biggest music festivals: We The Fest and Sunny Side Up held respectively from August 11th to 13th (check the complete details on the slides).

Beside exhibiting the selected fine arts from the collection of the Presidential Palaces, Galeri Nasional will also host a historical exhibition feauturing 36 fine art batik starting from August 7th till 21th in Galeri C.

On August 12th, Institut Français Indonesia is hosting a special concert for kids age 0 to 12 years old titled "Peter and the Wolf" performed by Bandung Philharmonic Wind Quintet. The show will be fill by dancing and mini drama. Ticket fee: IDR 125,000 for adult and child.

Elsewhere, Dia.Lo.Gue. is still hosting its group art exhibition 'Flow Into Now' until August 14th, feauturing a collaborative postcard works by numerous artists.

Movie Screening: Kinosaurus Jakarta is screening The Girl Cut in Two and Inspecteur Lavardin on August 11th, while Hause is still screening Star Wars series and this August 14th will be Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. 

Salihara Book Club is organising a reading session for Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist and Veronica Decides to Die on August 12th at 4pm. 

Nightlife Updates: Lucy In The Sky is still going strong with its Summer Dance Fest party this August 11 and 12 feauturing Jeremy Jay and Aditya Permana, among others; Bauhaus is throwing Open Haus from August 9-12; Cork & Screw Jakarta is inviting husband-and-wife duo Takuo and Sumire Miyanohara for a special Cocktail Omakase on August 11 and 12 at Plaza Indonesia and Plaza Senayan.

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To observe the nation’s 72nd Independence Day Galeri Nasional, the National Gallery in Jakarta, will present a month-long exhibition of selected fine arts from the collection of the Presidential Palaces, Istana Merdeka, Istana Negara, Istana Bogor, Istana Tampaksiring, Istana Yogyakarta, and Istana Cipanas. Venue: Hall A; time: 9am-4pm; admission: free.   

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On August 10th, to celebrate Independence Day and to mark its 40th anniversary, Teater Koma will stage a satirical drama Warisan, or Heritage, which will run for 10 evenings at the vintage opera house Gedung Kesenian Jakarta. The company’s 149th production tells the story of a municipal retirement home dominated by the rich. Directed by N. Riantiarno; showtime: 7:30pm.    

art stage jakarta.jpgIndonesia’s premium international art fair, ART STAGE Jakarta, is back for its second edition from August 11th to 13th at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel. The art fair will feature 50 international and Indonesian galleries, with six of the country’s top galleries exhibiting exclusively at the fair.

Phoenix.JPGSunny Side Up, a two-day festival held in collaboration with Ismaya Live, will once again be held on August 11th and 12th at the iconic Potato Head Beach Club in Bali. In 2017, the music festival will see a fantastic line-up of musician starting from beloved American band Phoenix, goth-pop songstress Charli XCX to American rapper Big Sean and English DJ, Jonas Blue performing live on The Islands of the Gods.

ciggarates after sex.jpg“We the Fest”, a summer festival of music, arts, fashion, and food, will run for three days from August 11, 12 and 13 at the JIEXPO Kemayoran in Jakarta. Phoenix, Yuna and Raisa are among the line-up, while shooting stars like Hot Chip (DJ set), Autograf and Mondo Gascaro will ensure an unforgettable time. Tickets start from Rp560,000 general admission up to Rp1,900,000 for a special package.

ciggarates after sex.jpg 1.jpgIsmaya Live is also bringing American ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex to Jakarta on August 16th. The concert will be held at The Establishment, where the favourite band will perform some of their hit singles like Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby and Apocalypse. 

prambanan jazz.jpgBlue notes passing through a 9th-century Hindu temple complex and an evening lit by a romantic moon will blend spectacularly at the three-day Prambanan Jazz Festival 2017 from August 18th. The first day will present an “90s Moment” featuring 90s artist like Andre Hehanusa, Base Jam and Katon Bagaskara. Sarah Brightman is the headliner, along with Shakatak. Tickets: daily pass, Rp350,000; three-day pass, Rp600,000; special show Diamond, Rp1m.  

monica tahalea.jpgOn August 19th, Jazz Gunung Bromo is slated to return for the eighth time for two days at the Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo in Wonotoro, East Java. The ethnic-nuanced jazz jamboree will highlight an “Independence Day Party at the Peak of Jazz Festivity”. Participating artists range from Dwiki Dharmawan, Ermy Kullit, Dewa Budjana and Monita Tahalea up to The Groove. Tickets: Rp350,000 to Rp1.6m.


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