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The Role of Contemporary Art Museums in Indonesian Society

With the recent opening of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Jakarta, its Director Aaron Seeto reflects on the expanded role of major art institutions in...

When Indonesia and Japan Take Centre Stage

Indonesia and Japan are solidifying their bilateral relationship by co-producing a theatre show, directed by Japanese theatre maestro Tadashi Suzuki. Local producers are...

Kampung Pulo – Cangkuang: A temple and a tomb

Floating bamboo rafts on a placid lake are ready to take you to the island of Kampung Pulo from Cangkuang in West Java in Indonesia. There in the sylvan air, cottonwood...

Sailing Indonesia’s Heritage with Rofinus Monteiro

Centuries before electronic charts and 10,000 horsepower engines existed, ancient Indonesians have voyaged as far as Africa on the wind in their sails. Grace Susetyo...

Weaving Hope: Threads of Life

In the bold Sumbanese cloth, I could almost see pairs of horses fighting and giant birds greeting each other, as if captured in a freeze frame by woven threads of noni...

Indonesia Through the Eyes of Rio Helmi

Best known for his large format photo books Memories of the Sacred (2011) and River of Gems (1991, with Lorne Blair), Bali-based photographer Rio Helmi has witnessed and...

Indonesia’s old manuscripts are waiting to be deciphered

Mehamat Boru Karo Sekalu, a lady working in North Sumatra Museum reads an ancient book written in Batak letters, eloquently. The visitors of Nusantara Old Manuscripts...

Inside Bali’s Most Celebrated Cultural Festivals with Janet DeNeefe

The founder of Ubud Food Festival and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival reveals what it takes to run an international cultural festival on the island of gods.  It is...

Dancing in a Foreign Land

French resort entertainer Guillaume Sanchez shares how his journey to Central Kalimantan changed his way of viewing life and performing for the better. In the world of...

Komodo economic history - Issue 186 - Komodo merayap by Grace Susetyo

Trouble in Paradise: Komodo Island, Tourism and Conservation

With Komodo Island gaining popularity in recent years as a favourite expat destination, it’s easy to only come for the dragons, the diving and the divine seascapes....

Taman Daun: The Whale Hunter’s Library and Art Space

As I first lay eyes on Taman Daun, I had to ask myself, “Where am I?” Having spent the past three months wandering through the rainforests and coastal villages of...

Tambora: Mysteries of a Lost Civilization

In addition to changing the global climate through “The Year Without Summer” and losing nearly half of its original altitude, Mount Tambora’s 1815 super eruption...

Rebuilding Bima: An Expat’s Perspective on Resilience in the Face of Disaster

After encountering generous and passionate locals in the historical royal city of Bima in October of 2016, Grace Susetyo was shocked to learn about the flash floods that...

Opinion: Saving Indonesia from the Mistakes of the West

Indonesia is a place that travellers speak of as a paradise. Advertisements for leisure travel depict pristine white sand beaches, palm trees swaying in cool tropical...

Education Guide 2017

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