The biennial celebration of traditional and contemporary Indonesian culture is coming to the UK for the first time this year
Europalia Indonesia will kick off this October in London with a specific focus on music and dance. This will be the first time the Belgian Europalia biennale comes to the UK with Indonesia invited as the guest country for this 26th edition.
The programme will start on 20 October at London's Rich Mix with a night of Indonesian 1960s rock featuring performances by Jakarta’s Indische Party and a tribute to the East Javanese all female group Dara Puspita. The music of Moondog will also be reimagined as experimental gamelan compositions by Javanese composer Iwan Gunawan and Moondog’s friend Stefan Lakatos at LSO St Luke’s on 28 October, and vocalist Peni Candra Rini, dancer Ade Suharto and musicians from Surakarta, Central Java, will stage an adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s novel This Earth Of Mankind at King's Place on 25 November. As well as that, on 18 January the gamelan composer Aloysius Suwardi’s Planet Harmonik project will bring together a host of self-made instruments and the Pythagorean theory of the Music of the Spheres.
More information can be found on the festival website.