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Say what you will about Jakarta, but nobody can accuse the capital of being boring. We have put together this city guide with plenty of great suggestions on things you can do to fill your days with thought-provoking art exhibitions, cool events and much more! We update this page every Monday and Thursday so feel free to bookmark it.

Carbon Footprint at ASHTA

‘Barang Lama Bersemi Kembali’ exhibition by sustainable fashion movement Setali Indonesia (L), ‘Under Our Hill,’ an art installation by waste management company Jangjo (R). Photo: Instagram/@ashtadistrict8

Get inspired for a cleaner future with an array of activities at Carbon Footprint at Ashta SCBD, including workshops, performances, plant-based food tenants, and exhibitions. There’s a Barang Lama Bersemi Kembali exhibition by sustainable fashion movement Setali Indonesia, where you can drop your old clothes, read up on slow fashion, and even participate in making a large recycled carpet. Or you can visit an art installation by waste management company Jangjo titled Under Our Hill. Inspired by mountains of waste in Bantar Gebang landfill, Bekasi, you can learn more about the importance of processing waste wisely.

Until June 19 at Ashta District 8 SCBD. More information is available on Ashta’s Instagram page.

Distrik Seni x Sarinah: Berdikari!

The ‘Berdikari!’ exhibition at Distrik Seni x Sarinah features various Indonesian artists and art collectives. Photo: Instagram/@distrik.seni

Distrik Seni, which brings together the concept of cultural practices with the art market, has recently opened their doors to the public along with their first exhibition, Berdikari! The term is a portmanteau of Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno’s motto “Berdiri di Kaki Sendiri” (standing with your own feet), and the exhibition is inspired by his aspiration for Sarinah, which is the country’s first ever shopping center. The exhibition features various Indonesian artists and art collectives such as A.D. Pirous, Dolorosa Sinaga, Eko Nugroho, Gardu House, and Syagini Ratna Wulan, among others.

Until Aug. 22 at Sarinah Community Mall, 6th floor. More information about the exhibition and online ticket sales are available on Distrik Seni x Sarinah’s website.

Europe on Screen 2022

A still from the Finnish drama ‘The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic’ (2021) by Teemu Nikki. The film will be screened at Europe on Screen (EoS) 2022. Photo courtesy of Intra Movies

After two years of exclusively virtual screenings, Europe on Screen (EoS) is set to return in a hybrid format starting this Thursday. This year’s EoS will feature 69 films across various genres from 25 European countries, a special Retrospective section of the legendary Italian director and screenwriter Federico Fellini, as well as one Indonesian short film compilation that was selected from their Short Film Pitching Project (SFPP) competition. As usual, all screenings and side events at EoS are free of charge.

Read more — Europe on Screen 2022 to screen 69 films in hybrid format on June 16-30
June 16 to 26 for offline screenings at various cultural spots such as Erasmus Huis, GoetheHaus, and Institut Français Indonesia (IFI) Thamrin, as well as Festival Scope for online screenings from June 20 to 30. More info and schedule is available on EoS’ official website and social media pages such as Instagram.

Jakarta Fair 2022

Jakarta Fair 2022’s opening night. Photo: Instagram/@jakartafairid & @therainband

Things are gradually going back to normal and with that, the annual Pekan Raya Jakarta (PRJ) or Jakarta Fair returns after a two-year absence. As usual, there are many activities for you and the whole family to enjoy, such as shopping at the never-ending choice of tenants and food markets, letting your kids be kids at the playground, as well as watching live music performances. We strongly advise that you buy your tickets online prior to your visit to avoid long queues and higher prices for on-the-spot tickets.

Until July 17 at JIExpo Kemayoran. For more info and a complete calendar of events visit Jakarta Fair’s Instagram page, online ticketing via JIExpo’s website.

SAMA SAMA Vol. 3 2022

Pop-up store at SAMA SAMA 2022, Lumine Jakarta. Photo: Instagram/@kokken.id

The SAMA SAMA 2022 event by Køkken, a Jakarta-based creative community platform, has entered its third volume since it started in mid-April. You can attend talk shows and gatherings, as well as sustainable architecture and fashion exhibitions that incorporate mycelium, a root-like structure of a fungi.

Until June 19 at Lumine Jakarta, Plaza Indonesia 5th floor. More information is available on Kokken’s Instagram page.

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