Aug 01, 2021 Last Updated 4:08 AM, Jul 29, 2021

Arts

Dangdut trendy

Is it techno? Is it traditional? No, it’s techno hybrid ethnic house music

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Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005)

An outsider to all establishments, even artistic ones, Semsar Siahaan is yet to be accorded his rightful place among the ranks of great Indonesian artists

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Mochtar Lubis

Always controversial, Mochtar Lubis was one of Indonesia’s most respected journalists and best-known authors for over four decades.

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Writing back

Local theatre in Makassar reveals a backlash against Java-centrism

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Urban poetry

Subversive ‘underground’ voices in Indonesian rap

Michael Bodden

It’s Jakarta, June 2004 and the boom box is playing a hip-hop beat. It’s a far cry from the meditative gamelan music, saccharine love songs or even the sensual dangdut one expects to hear in Java. The rapper is Xaqhala and he spins a gritty, rhythmic poem of everyday youth experience.

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Comic heyday!

Indonesia’s comic scene is in a golden age but the industry remains marginal and plagued by self-doubt

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Woman power

In Bali, a new all-female dance-drama troupe is flouting traditional gender roles

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More voices

Women and marginalised groups seize new opportunities in the arts

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Generation 98

Djenar Maesa Ayu – one of Indonesia’s exciting new female authors

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Latest Articles

Countering the information void to beat COVID-19

Jul 19, 2021 - LaporCovid-19

/ Ahmad Tri Hawaari

In the absence of reliable government information, citizens are stepping up to share local stories on COVID-19 and keep each other informed about the state of the pandemic

Carmel Budiardjo (1925-2021)

Jul 19, 2021 - KATHARINE MCGREGOR

/ Tapol.org

Human rights campaigner Carmel Budiardjo died aged 96 on 10 July 2021, after a long and dynamic life of activism dating back to her years as a student activist in...

Review: A narrative of denial

Jul 05, 2021 - PAT WALSH

COVID-19 denial in Indonesia

Jun 21, 2021 - NAJMAH, KUSNAN, SARI ANDAJANI, SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES & TOM GRAHAM DAVIES

Antara Foto/ Irwansyah Putra

Mixed messaging from government about COVID-19 has left rumours and competing narratives to fill the information void, fuelling mistrust

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