Welcome May! This month will see some of the city’s most-anticipated events including music festivals, photo exhibitions and the latest parties! 

                                                                                Photo: Courtesy of Amuz Gourmet

May IV

As many of us are preparing for the Holy Month of Ramadan, we have compiled our special roundup of places where you can break your fast with comforting food in splendid ambience. Read the full article, here.

Amuz Restaurant is hosting ‘Eat, Wine and Share’ from May 24 to 28 where it will feature delicious menus, such as US Prime Beef Cote de Bouef, Crispy Roasted Pork Belly Roll and Amuz dessert trolley, among others. For more information, click here.

During the last weekend of May, Kinosaurus is screening Long Way North (May 26), 500 Days of Summer (May 27) and Galih & Ratna (May 28). For more information, click here.

Galeri Nasional is hosting Dia.Lo.Gue artspace’s ‘EXI(S)T 2017: Tomorrow as we know it’ on May 27th. This time, the programme will feature an exhibition tour with the curator, Shila Ghaisani. Time: 1pm. For more information, click here. 

Indoestri Makerspace is hosting a special Jamu Laboratory workshop with instructor Fransisca Retno on May 27th. The programme will teach participants on how to prepare jamu recipes and taste them on the spot. For more information, click here.

Institut Français Indonesia is hosting a unique exhibition titled “Ne Pas Sombrer” by French artist Carole Marchais on May 30th. For more information, click here.

See you next week!


Paulaner at Grand Indonesia is hosting a rock night with musician Andy Riff on May 18th. There will be no ticket necessary, only a minimum order of Rp 250,000 per person. Time: 7pm onwards. For more information, click here.

Experience a different side of art with Art Sampoerna from May 19-21 at The Atrium, Sampoerna Strategic Building. The inaugural edition will showcase the latest development in the Indonesian art scene. For more information, click here.

See also: 4 Reasons Why You Need to Attend Art Sampoerna.

Artoz Bar is inviting Supernova Band followed by DJ Cream for ‘Last Days of Disco’ on May 19th. Guests can also enjoy free shot drink for those who follow and post fun pictures in ARTOZ Bar on that night. For more information, click here

Erasmus Huis is staging a photo exhibition about the architecture of Indonesia which will be held at Galeri Cipta in Kota Tua. The exhibition is based on the book 'Building in Indonesia, 1600 - 1960' written by the Dutch architect Corpa Schier. The exhibition will run from May 16th until July 16th, from 9am to 6pm. For more information, click here

Plaza Indonesia is hosting Plaza Indonesia Film Festival (PIFF) from May 17 to 19 showing movies that will empower women at Cinema XXI at Plaza Indonesia, level 6. For more information, click here.

Kinosaurus is hosting a movie screening for the weekend! Don’t miss out on The King and The Mockingbird (May 19th), The Best of Times (May 20th) and A Cat in Paris (May 21th). For more information, click here

Nightlife Update: Indie-folk duo Stars and Rabbit (made up of Elda Suryani & Adi Widodo) will be performing live on May 19th at The Breeze, BSD City; Fat Shogun is hosting Tune In - Rhythm Section on May 19th featuring a DJ performance and live drumming; H Gourmet & Vibes will be celebrating its third anniversary with some fantastic hip-hop beats and more on May 20th.

May II

Don’t forget that JPAC’s West Side Story is playing on May 12 at Taman Ismail Marzuki, while the three-day Ubud Food Festival will return from May 12-14. Find more details by scrolling through the slides below.

On May 13th, nine international DJs, 11 Indonesian DJs and an indoor and outdoor action space will highlight a night out at the Shivering Ground Festival at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta. Berlian Entertainment will ensure an unforgettable, incredible, mind-blowing, and life-changing rave party commandeered by Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Cosmic Gate, and Emma Hewitt. Tickets: Rp475,000-Rp1,300,000.    For more information, click here.

Don’t forget to treat your mother to sumptuous brunch or delicious lunch this Mother’s Day on May 14th. Find out where to take her here.

American rapper Pitbull will return for another sterling concert ‘Pitbull Climate Change Tour’ on May 14th held at JI Expo Hall C3. Time: 6pm. Tickets can be found here.

Ciputra Artpreneur is hosting its Wedding Fair on May 13th and 14th at its venue starting from 10am-10pm. The fair will feature more than 40 wedding vendors in Indonesia followed by fashion show, health talk show and even music concert! Find more information here.

Dia.Lo.Gue artspace is hosting art exhibition ‘EXI(S)T 2017: Tomorrow as we know it’ on May 16th at Galeri Nasional Indonesia. This time, Dia.Lo.Gue is inviting 15 Indonesian artists who have previously showcased their works at the artspace to display their latest creations embodying future as its main theme. For more information, click here

Salihara continue to host its Latin American Dance Club: Samba edition as part of its newly morphed Salihara Literary Biennale starting from May 9th-30th. The dance club will be taught by Rino Apriland help dancers to learn the basics of Samba in an enjoyable environment. For more information, click here.

nidji.jpgAlternative pop band Nidji will throw a special concert for avid fans young and old on May 5th at Balai Kartini auditorium in South Jakarta. The concert, “Arti Sahabat”, or “Value of Friends”, is to mark the band’s 15 years in showbiz. Tickets range from Rp350,000 to Rp650,000; showtime: 7pm.

shekhar.jpgCiputra Artpreneur, in partnership with Teamwork Productions, Singapore,  proudly present the 1st Indian Ghazal Concert "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi..." - A tribute to the Indian ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh on May 6th. The event will invite Shekhar Ravjiani, the one half of the critically acclaimed music directing duo Vishal-Shekar of Bollywood cinema, and one of the most sought after violinist in India today, Deepak Pandit. Time: 7pm. For more information, click here

i see stars hammersonic.jpgHammersonic: the Biggest Metal Festival in Asia Pacific is back on May 7th! Confirmed artists range from American thrash band Megadeth; Swedish death metal band Entombed AD; Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine; and Tennessee hardcore band Whitechapel. Venue: Ecopark Ancol Jakarta; showtime: 3pm; tickets: Rp800,000 with bracelet & poster for early-birds. For more information, click here.

galeri nasional.jpgGaleri Nasional, the National Gallery in Jakarta, will stage a two-week photography exhibition on May 8th featuring picturesque works covering the UNESCO World Heritage Site Borobudur Temple in Central Java. Venue: Exhibition Hall C; open 9am-4pm; admission: free. For more information, click here.

west side story jakarta.jpgOn May 12th, he Jakarta Performing Arts Community will stage its eighth production, West Side Story. The classic musical penned by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim will be directed by Fonnyta Amran. Venue: Graha Bhakti Budaya, Taman Ismail Marzuki; tickets: Rp100,000-Rp300,000; showtimes: 3pm and 7pm. For more information, click here.

ubud food festival.jpg

The three-day Ubud Food Festival returns on May 12th as a celebration of diverse Indonesian cuisine and local produce as well as a gathering Bali’s most prominent chefs together in a variety of presentations, live cooking demonstrations and culinary tours. The “go local” theme will convene a host of restaurateurs, food producers, professionals and celebrated figures in the Indonesian food and beverage industry. For more information, click here.

art jog.jpgThe Salihara community has organised a guided art tour to Yogyakarta on May 19th, the modern art and cultural centre of Central Java. The three-day tour will visit Entang Witarso’s studio and Irwan Noor’s studio, provide entrance to the ArtJog 2017 art fair, and explore Museum Ulen Sentanu and the Merapi photo exhibition. Price: Rp3,750,000 (sharing) and Rp5,000,000 (single).  For more information, click here.

bali blues festival.jpgOn May 26th, a two-day blues festival will colour The Island of the Gods with rhythms from the Deep South. The Bali Blues Festival 2017 on Peninsula Island in Nusa Dua will feature jazz and blues talents such as Gugun Blues Shelter, Indra Lesmana, The Six Strings, Krakatau Reunion, Gilang Ramadhan, and Wayan Balawan. Tickets: Rp100,000; showtime: 5pm and 11pm. For more information, click here.


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