Jakarta has its first annual international event of literary festival and it’s held at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Cikini, just a few minutes walk from our place. The event is initiated by the Literary Committee of Jakarta Arts Council (JAC) and intend to promote Indonesian literature in international literary platforms. JILF 2019 was opened Tuesday night (20 August 2019), which is took place in Teater Besar (big theater) and will end on Saturday, 24th of August, 2019. There is also a book bazaar on the Plaza Teater Besar by Patjar Merah.
JILF 2019 promotes "Pagar" (Fence) as the central theme to reflect the boundaries of a world that is getting dissolved. A fence that functions as a protector as well as a divider between the outside world and the serenity of the house is something that must be crossed if we want to get to know and be known by others. [Ref: https://tirto.id/festival-sastra-jilf-2019-kenalkan-karya-dari-negeri-selatan-egGj]
In colonial era, Indonesia has lots of literatures but didn’t get published by Balai Pustaka at that time because many of them didn’t use Indonesian language properly. As a colonial political tool designed to regulate the people’s reading material, Balai Pustaka was responsible to provide “good literature”. Anything the colonial government felt uncomfortable with, they discriminating those literatures by labelling “wild reading matter”/ Bacaan Liar, it has to be exterminated. Now, in JILF, in Teater Kecil to be precisely, you can enjoy those Bacaan Liar.
Below is a display of our classic literatures with its original cover.
A special event in celebrating our 72nd anniversary of Indonesian independence throughout August is being held in national gallery. Entitled “Senandung Ibu Pertiwi” (Tunes of the Motherland), it is a painting exhibition from our six presidential palaces collection. The event was started in August 2nd and will end in August 30th, from 10 am until 8 pm. They will open as usual in August 17th. I was deliberately picked the weekdays and after lunch time to avoid the crowd and can enjoy my quiet time admiring the paintings. It was worth it!
National gallery is just opposite Gambir train station, only 15-20 minutes from Shraya Residence. It could be reached in shorter time if you go in weekend with less traffic.
This time painting exhibition is a bit different from the prior exhibitions, Raden Saleh and Aku Diponegoro, visitor have to make a registration in separate building (next to the exhibition building, only few meters separated by parking space) and given a visitor tag and a stamp. Bags must be left in the deposit counter like usual. It is more organized.
Entering the exhibition building, a guard will quick scan your body and allow you to proceed.
Before entering the display room, a big screen picture of amazing painting from presidential palace in Bogor, entitled “Russian Wedding” is a gift from the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics at the time, Nikita Kruschev. Painted by Konstantin Egorovick Makovsky, a famous painter in 19th century. It took sometime for me just to look at the picture. I wonder what would it be like if I can see it from the original masterpiece. Amazing.
Entering the display room, with the first theme is The Nature of Indonesia. Paintings of scenery of beach, sea, and.. this one painting get me fixated on. None other then Raden Saleh’s “Drinking Tiger” (1863). Picture below.
One room displays portraits of female wearing kebaya. An Idealization of Indonesian women. Picture below.
Mythology room. Creation of Basoeki Abdullah that delivers local beliefs such as from wayang stories and myth in Javanese culture. Soekarno, our first president, asked the maestro to make a painting with a story from the world of wayang for The Istana Merdeka (Merdeka Palace). Basoeki Abdullah chose the story of Gatotkaca.
Spirituality and Religion room. The reprisentation of nature and human religious practices are addressed in the form of religious figure in the works of Walter Spies, Ida Bagus Poleng (two of others). Meanwhile, Basoeki Abdullah explore the combination of natural objects and religion.
There’s one room that shows copies of documents about the story behind some of the paintings. There was this particular post about a book that wrote about Basoeki Abdullah’s Nyai Roro Kidul and the writer is Astri Wright. A very familiar name. One of our old guest at Shraya Residence. Picture above.
Below, are some paintings that I also got attracted.
The displays in the gallery
We just celebrate our cultural heritage at the biggest annual handicraft exhibition, INACRAFT 2016, where the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sell their local product from traditional until the most innovative one. The exhibition was held at Jakarta Convention Center from April 20th until 24th. INACRAFT is an annual event that much awaited by people who loves our local product, foreigners who simply just looking for some souvenirs or to do direct business with the SME. Because it is an opportunity where you got to see products from all over Indonesia. And every year they have a theme of one province that get to be the star and got the center stage to promote their culture. This year, they promoted the Minangkabau ethnic of West Sumatera. So they put the big pointy roof traditional house of Minangkabau in the main lobby facing the entrance to welcoming the visitors. Everyday they had traditional dance or performance scheduled, in order to introduce our culture to the visitors.
Below are some pictures of local product from Sumatera, and the famous kain songket. The golden and silver thread that is intricately woven justify Sumatera as the Golden Island or we may know as Swarnabhumi or Swarnadwipa. A heritage from the kingdom of Sriwijaya shows from the splendor of Songket.
Pandai Sikek is an area in West Sumatera where it is well-known as the place of the weaver. And has been appreciated by the government in the picture of our five thousand rupiah bill. A woven songket of Pandai Sikek is a work of art and has unique character and subtlety in its motifs. Gold thread made of metal is the main material in forming the motifs on the fabric.
Songket in Sumatra is generally associated as one of the cultural heritage from the golden age of Sriwijaya kingdom. Therefore, in the past songket was associated as a symbol of luxury, social status, and the wearer’s dignity. According to historical records, weaving songket in the past was using real gold thread. This makes songket is not only high value in terms of aesthetics, but also in intrinsic value.
And other beautiful things from other provinces all over Indonesia...
Check out this special craft...
It is always fun to shop in an event like this. You can find a lot of unique product with fine quality from all over Indonesia plus you are helping the local SME and their village. I must say, I'm quite happy with Inacraft this year, they made a lot of progress than last year. Most of the booths were equipped with credit card machine and the SMEs were already put attention for quality on their product. So, I found a lot of high quality goods. Makes me even more proud to wear our local product. -SK-
All Afo Clove Tree Aku Diponegoro Ancol Andalusian Andrea Hirata Anniversary Annual Event Anomali Coffee Architecture Art Gallery ASEAN Asian Games August Bakoel Koffie Balad Balai Sidang BandB Bappenas Basoeki Abdullah Batavia Batik Beach Bedandbreakfast Belitong Belitung Ben Tanh Bersih Sehat Biji Pala Bioskop Bisshop Blankenberg Blitar BnB Book Bazaar Bookshop Boplo Borneo Bouwploeg Bricklin Bar Cafe Budaya Jawa Buku Bunderan HI Bunga Rampai Burgemeester Bisschopplein Cafe Cap Nyonya Cemetery Cengkeh Center Of Jakarta Central Jakarta Central Java Chinese Restaurant Christian Mara Cikini Cirebon City Of Batik Classic Car Classic Motorbike Clove Cochinchina Coffeeshop Coklat Monggo Colonial Building Colonialism Competition Conservation Contest Coral Reef Cornelis De Houtman Crafina Craft Cu Chi Tunnels Culture Cycle Of Life D'Alburqueque Dapur Cokelat Daun Simpur Dayak Del Cano District 1 Diving Drinking Tiger Dullah Dutch Dutch East Indies Dutch War Cemetery East Indian Company East Java Edison Hotel Eliza Van Zuylen Embroidery Enggang Ereveld Ereveld Ancol Ereveld Menteng Pulo Ernest Dezentje Esplanade Food Court Exhibition Exotic Cars Exotic Island Fashion Fine Arts Museum Fine Dining Flores Fort Oranje Francis Drake French Colonial Fuli Galeri Nasional Gangan Gantong Garden Gayo Coffee Georgetown Gerak Budaya Gereja St Theresia Ghijsels Gift Voucher Giveaway Gondangdia Gudang Cafe Gudeg Pawon Guest House Gurney Paragon Habib Halab Handicraft Hardwicke House Hatta Hendra Heni Pridia Heritage Building Highland Coffee Hikayat Historic Site History Hoa Tuc Ho Chi Minh Hok Lo Pan Hot Air Balloon Hotel Hotel Continental Saigon Hotel Indonesia Hotel Majestic Hotel Schomper Ida Bagus Made Poleng IKJ Indekost Independence Day Independence Palace Indochina Indonesia Island Hopping Istana Bogor Istana Kepresidenan Istana Merdeka Jakarta Jakarta Event Jakarta International Literary Festival Jakarta Pusat Jalan Cilacap Jalan Cokroaminoto Jalan Diponegoro Jalan Imam Bonjol Jalan Pasuruan Jalan Surabaya Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro Jalan Thamrin Jamblang Javanese Jcc JEC Jeddah Jetty JILF Jiwasraya Jogja Kali Besar Barat Kalimantan Kaliurang Kauman Kebon Jahe Kober Kebon Sirih Kecamatan Kelurahan Kempinski Kepulauan Bangka Belitung Kerajinan Kerkhoflaan Kokuo Komodo Dragon Kopi Kota Kotagede Kota Tua Kraton Kunstkring Kupi Kuli Labuan Bajo Laskar Pelangi Latice Le Bourgeois Lee Man Fong Lemonade Lengkuas Lifestyle Lighthouse Literasi Little Japan Loge Lomba Foto Lontong Maestro Magelhaens Maitara Malacca Malang Malioboro Maluku Manggar Martabak Masjid Cut Meutia Menteng Menteng Pulo Menteng Raya Mercusuar Metropole XXI Mie Mie Gondangdia Minangkabau Mitra Sehat Mooi Indie Moojen Mount Gamalama Mural Museum Museum Joang 45 Museum Kata Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi Museum Taman Prasasti Music Instrument Mylpaal Nassaukerk National Gallery Nautical Academy Ngopi Nieuw Gondangdia Nillmij Notre Dame Cathedral Nurul Ikan Bakar Nusa Tenggara Nusa Tenggara Timur Nutmeg Nutmeg Mace Nutmeg Tree Nyai Roro Kidul Oicc Old City Old Town Olympic Size Swimmingpool Omah Dhuwur Oorlogsgravenstichting Oriental Ottoman Padang Padang Kota Lama Padang Polo Painting Pakualam Pala Pandai Sikek Pantura Paramount Pasar Antik Pasar Buku Pasar Cikini Patung Selamat Datang Pedestrian Friendly Pegangsaan Pekalongan Pelukis Penang Penang Esplanade People's Committee Peranakan Mansion Peristiwa Cikini Pesindon Philippines Philoan Tour Photo Photo Contest Pijat Portuguese Post Office Presidential Palace Pulau Pulau Komodo Pulau Pinang Puppet Raden Saleh Rainbow Troops Rawashin Reflexology Relax Living Residence Restaurant Reunification Palace RI72 RM Puas RSIA Bunda RS PGI Cikini Rumah Rumah Raden Saleh Russian Wedding Saigon Saigon Opera House Saluang Sape Saragosa Agreement Sarinah Seafood Sejarah Selendang Senandung Ibu Pertiwi Senayan Setono Shish Shraya Shraya 10th Shraya Kulture Shraya Residence Sidji Situ Lembang Park SME Snorkeling Soda Soekarno Songket Songket Palembang Southeast Spa Spaniard Spice Spice Trade Spumante St. Jo St Paulus Church Street Art Suffolk House Suropati Park Taman Taman Ismail Marzuki Tanah Abang Tanjung Kelayang Tanjung Pandan Tanjung Tinggi Tenun Baduy Tenun Ikat Tenun Tarum Ternate Teuku Umar The Hermitage Tidore TIM Timah Toko Merah Tongole Tour Tour Destination Tourist Friendly Tour Site Traditional Travel Travel Agent Tri Books Trio Trung Nguyen Coffee Tunes Of The Motherland UKM Ullen Sentalu UMKM UNESCO Vacation Viavia Cafe Vietnam Vietnamese Coffee Vintage Car Vintage Motorbike VOC Von Imhoff Vrijmetselarij Walter Spies Warkop Wayang Weave West Java West Sumatera Window Winotosastro Wisata Wisata Budaya Wisata Kuliner Wiskul World Heritage Woven Clothes Yogyakarta Yuyuantang