Feb 21, 2024 Last Updated 10:11 PM, Feb 20, 2024

Arts

What gives rise to moral outrage?

Rather than being merely the result of religious extremism, recent cases of moral outrage point to a wide range of current political and social problems

Review: At the scene of the crime

Essays, reflections and poetry on East Timor, 1999-2010

Review: Khadir Supartini’s 'Journey'

A bold young painter signals new direction in Indonesian fine art

West Java’s mini-fictions

Technology is opening up new possibilities for Sundanese literature

Rock music and social activism on the internet

Bali rockers Navicula find a platform for social change in online social media

Sinetron keeps links with Indonesia alive

Despite isolation and multiple migrations the Cocos Malays maintain a resilient culture

Review: Martial mayhem

This silat film breaks the mold

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

Art for the people

Taring Padi takes stock of a more than a decade fighting the political establishment – with art as its weapon

The shadow of the Ayatollah

Indonesia’s Shi’i community is struggling to find the right balance between local traditions and its fascination with Iran

Art for Allah’s sake

A unique pesantren, founded and led by an internationally recognised Indonesian calligrapher, attracts men and women from all over the archipelago

The spirit of Sudirman

A mural competition in Yogyakarta sees Indonesians reinterpreting their revolutionary past in the light of present concerns

Theatre of life

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

Censorship makes a comeback

Recent book bannings mark a return to the repressive practices of the New Order

Driving under the New Order

The tumultuous events of 1965 thwarted Liong Tjie Tjong’s writing aspirations

Watching Balibo in Jakarta

Packed screenings of the controversial film about the deaths of five Australian journalists in East Timor continue, despite an official ban

Heritage and paradox

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

W.S.Rendra (1935-2009)

The peacock is no more

'When Love Glorifies God'

Islamic film is emerging as a new genre in the Indonesian film world

Decorated for success

Photo essay: Competition leads to artistry and danger on the streets of Kupang

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