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The annual European Film Festival or better known as Europe on Screen returns once again from April 29 to May 8 and will be held in six cities: Jakarta, Bandung, Denpasar, Medan, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. This year’s line-up includes 78 movies divided into 3 big sections, such as The Xtra Section, The Discovery Section and The Documentary Section. The festival also showcase wide-range of genre selections from box office hit films, emerging directors’ movies to even family friendly movies (make sure to catch “The Little Prince”). In Jakarta, the European Film Festivals will take place at Erasmus Huis, Goethe Haus, IFI Thamrin, Istituto Italiano Di Cultura, IKJ & Bintaro Xchange. As always, all movie screenings are free of charge! 

From April 27 to May 1, Festival Batik Bordir dan Tenun Nusantara invites visitors to witness various kinds of batik and woven fabrics from all over Indonesia. Held at Graha Manggala Siliwangi in Bandung, the exhibition, now in its third year, will also features several interactive programmes, such as fashion show, talk show, workshop and music show. For more information, visit their website.

26 Gemilang productions is proudly presenting “Kerinduan Sheila Majid” with Tohpati Orchestra & Jay Subiyakto, an especially designed concert dedicated to fans who haven’t met the Malaysian diva Sheila Majid in awhile. Venue:  Plenary Hall, Jakarta Convention Center. Showtime: April 2, 2016.

Globally renowned DJ Robbert van de Corpu—aka “Hardwell”—is bringing his smash hit “I am Hardwell – United We Are World Tour” to Jakarta. Venue: Carnaval Beach, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol; showtime: Saturday 6pm and Sunday 2pm; tickets: Rp 520,000 (general) and Rp 920,000 (VIP).

For food fanciers, make it a "Happy Tummy" day sometime between March 31 and April 3. This Culinary Escape Vol. 4 will be held at Grand Indonesia's Exhibition Hall on the West Mall's fifth level. Another option is to eat and enjoy "A Latin Soul" by Romina Potenza, an Argentinian visual artist. The artworks will be up until April 4 at Mamma Rosy in Kemang, a cozy Italian place perfect for dates or dinner with the family.

Speaking of children, take those between the ages of six to 14 to have fun with food in a very positive way by making pizzas, pastas and sauces. The class will cost Rp 300,000 and will be held at the Gran Melia Jakarta on April 10. For more information, call (+62) 21 526 8080, ext. 2359/2328/2301 for time, reservations and more information.

Yogyakarta-born artist Valentinus Atmo Sudiro will display his artworks in an exhibition entitled “Samar Samar Semar Sudiro”. The two-week painting show focuses on Semar, an obscure character in Javanese mythology, at the Galeri Nasional Pavillion B of the National Gallery of Jakarta. Free admission; opens: 10am-7pm on April 15.

Next is the 18th, with Inacraft that runs from April 20 to 24, themed as The Splendour of Minangkabau. This event is perfect not only for those who love ethnic elements or handicrafts, but also for everyone to learn more about Indonesia and, maybe, buy some trinkets for a happy mother or grandmother.

HOTK Production, in association with Indonesia Creative Media and Alfa Omega Academy, proudly presents The End of the Beginning, an epic musical that will take audiences on a trip through time. Venue: Ciputra Artpreneur; date: April 23.

Australian psychedelic rock group Tame Impala has confirmed its forthcoming concert in Jakarta on April 29. The band’s second album Lonerism received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination in the Best Alternative Music Album category. Showtime: 8pm; tickets: Rp 750,000.

The 8th International Kampoeng Jazz 2016 show in Bandung will feature a wide range of artists including Andien, Koes Plus Reunion, Danilla ft. Mondo Gascaro, Teza Sumendra and Tesla Manaf. Organised by the Student Board of Padjadjaran University School of Law, the happening at the Kampus Unpad Dipati Ukur, Bandung, will convey a new sense of jazz. Date: April 30.

Once again the country’s biggest automotive show Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), held at JIExpo, Kemayoran, returns with variety offers for auto fans to enjoy. From April 7 to 17, this year's theme is entitled “The Essence of Motor Show”, where the event will showcase 30 brands from cars, motorcycles, auto parts and even auto accessories. The 2016 IIMS will also offer series of workshop from the country’s automotive experts.

In conjunction with their 60th anniversary, Marlupi Dance Academy held a modern dance and hip hop musical entitled “The Annie”. Inspired by the American musical comedy film Annie, the musical will showcase the talents of Marlupi’s students who have been trained by professional teachers for this special event. Venue: Gedung Kesenian Jakarta; Date: April 17, 2016 at 11 am and 5 pm. 

Arts centre Komunitas Salihara will presents another thought-provoking play, “The Many Taboos of Being Gay” on April 22 and 23 at their venue in South Jakarta. Perform by Sakti Actor Studio, the evening will feature four short plays tailored around the theme that will be directed by Eka D. Sitorus. Venue: Black Box Theater; ticket price: Rp 100,000. 

Text by Olly G Santosa, Edith Emeralda and Umesh Bhagchandani

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