Feb 23, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

Arts

A second revolution?

Dangdut music continues to be a vital part of Indonesian popular culture

Gestures of power and grace

As Minang dance shows, the guiding rules of culture are often unspoken

Dancing the nation in migration

Indonesian women in Perth perform a ‘uniting’ dance

Moving with the times

An update on dance and music in the reformasi era

Surviving conflict

Aceh’s performing arts have blossomed despite the conflict and the tsunami

A hybrid popular culture

Indonesian pop music and television still have a significant influence in East Timor

Graphic resistance

Photo-essay: Dissent and struggle are persistent themes of images adorning walls across East Timor

The Indie takeover

Independent record labels give the majors a run for their money

Filming ambiguity

Young Chinese Indonesian filmmakers examine questions of Chineseness

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

Demonstrating diversity

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

Beyond the Museum

Asmat bisj-poles gain new meaning in a Papuan refugee protest in Melbourne

Arnold Ap and Theys Eluay

Political assassinations targeted West Papua’s culture and political identity

Chocolate Strawberry

An Indonesian film breaks new ground on the subject of teenage sexuality

Indonesia'€™s Q!Film Festival

Young Indonesians are using an alternative film festival to promote awareness of sexual diversity

The name game

Or, the years of living with no one to blame

The end of fasting

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

Inventing Papua

Migrants from South Sulawesi have played an important role in manufacturing a Papuan identity

Writing for God

Piety and consumption in popular Islam

A new artistic order?

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

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