May 16, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Theatre

Theatre of life

A new generation of Indonesian theatre activists is staging performances based on the everyday experiences of local communities

Heritage and paradox

Wayang Golek is proclaimed a masterpiece, but what is its future?

W.S.Rendra (1935-2009)

The peacock is no more

Demonstrating diversity

Photo-essay: Yogya’s community protests against the Pornography Bill

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

The end of fasting

Evolving performances at Hari Raya celebrations are a window into deeper cultural change

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

Festival Mata Air

A community takes a fresh look at water

Art for a better world

TOM PLUMMER speaks with Moelyono, an artist engaged with farmers threatened by a large dam.

Theatre blossoms

A sampling of performances in Java

Two Visionaries Of Indonesian Theatre

Two directors resided in an intercultural realm

Puppeteers on wheels

An innovative shadow puppet show combats post-traumatic stress disorder in Bali

Women's voices in the arts

Women’s movement activists and artists unite

NGO theatre in the post New Order

Collaboration between artists and activists is producing new initiatives

Writing back

Local theatre in Makassar reveals a backlash against Java-centrism

More voices

Women and marginalised groups seize new opportunities in the arts

Rendra speaks

Australia: an alternative West in Asia?

We can do anything

Workers with soul take their message to the kampung

Alleyway revelry

The ‘Gang’ approach to cross-cultural collaboration.

Petruk as counsellor

Post-earthquake, Klaten villagers receive laughing therapy through wayang.

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