SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Indonesia Kontemporer 2016

Indonesia Kontemporer 2016

Date: 8 October 2016Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 8 October 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Festival

Inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions, Indonesia Kontemporer, is a creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls.  Artists and crafts people participating in this event hailed from many parts of the world outside Indonesia. With their acute awareness of the source tradition while engaging with lives abroad, these works and offerings do not only remain inspired by Indonesian tradition but in turn contribute to shaping the arts and crafts of contemporary Indonesia.



Programme Highlights

Javanese Puppetry

Djam Lecture Theatre
Javanese puppetry: Wayang Kancil with Jagat Gamelan

Ki Ledjar Subroto’s creation - a shadow puppet show: a traditional folk tale of Kancil, the mouse dear, with a modern eco-friendly mission. A popular show for families with children.


Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
IKON 2016 - Hippolytos

Dance - Drama: Hippolytos

Thiasos Theatre Company, adapted by Yana Zarifi and Jamie Masters, directed by MJ Coldiron

The all singing all- dancing chorus at the centre of the action. Euripides’ lyrics are sung in the original Greek, a narrator briefly recounts the plot, the characters in the drama - gods and mortals - emerge to act their parts in the style of Balinese masked dance-drama, and the chorus perform their dances as Jaipongan originated from West Java. Featuring award-winning Indonesian actress Aryani Kriegenburg Willems.


Lewat Djam Malam - After the Curfew

Khalili Lecture Theatre
Film: Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew), 1954

Director: Usmar Ismail (101 minutes)

Classic Indonesian cinema. A revolutionary hero returns to civilian life to find the new society very different from the ideals he fought for. It is a passionate work looking directly at a crucial moment of conflict in Indonesian history: the aftermath of the four-year Republican revolution which brought an end to Dutch rule. This is a visually and dramatically potent film about anger and disillusionment, about the dream of a new society cheapened and misshapen by government repression on the one hand and bourgeois complacency on the other.

Restored in 2012 by the National Museum of Singapore and the World Cinema Foundation, with support from the Konfiden Foundation and Kineforum of the Jakarta Arts Council. The restoration work was conducted by Cineteca di Bologna/L'Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory from original film elements preserved at Sinematek Indonesia.


ARTi UK, established in August 2010, is a non-profit organisation aiming at promoting Indonesian arts and culture within the UK's cultural diversity.

Organiser: Organised by ArtiUK and hosted by the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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Sponsor: Indonesian Embassy in London