Best Things To Do in Jakarta This Week (July 11-15)

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Say what you will about Jakarta, but nobody can accuse the capital of being boring. We have put together this city guide with plenty of great suggestions on things you can do to fill your days with thought-provoking art exhibitions, cool events and much more! We update this page every Monday and Thursday so feel free to bookmark it.


Bastille Weekend at PIERRE

Photo: Instagram/@pierre.jkt

Join Chef Brandon at PIERRE to celebrate Bastille Day, or the national day of France, through sublime dinner and brunch. There will be a candlelit dinner on Thursday and Friday with Bread and Hay Crusted Whole Lamb Saddle, Stuffed French Quail with Foie Gras and Wild Mushrooms, among others. On the weekend, enjoy classic French egg dishes such as Oeufs Cocotte (shirred or baked eggs), Gratin of Soft Poached Egg in Mornay Sauce, and Soft Poached Oeuf en Meurette, a traditional Burgundian dish.

July 14-17 at PIERRE, Senopati, South Jakarta. Thursday and Friday dinner starts from 6pm onwards; Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm. RSVP or inquiries via WhatsApp at +62 812 8688 6807.


Botanical Art: Evoking the Beauty of Science

Photo: Instagram/@galerinasional

The Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists and The National Gallery of Indonesia (Galeri Nasional or Galnas) are holding an exhibition that features a variety of botanical art with native Indonesian plants as subjects. This exhibition will be a treat of the arts as well as aesthetic scientific archives that can be enjoyed as an education for botanical science. There will also be a number of public programs that are free of charge as part of the exhibition.
Until Aug. 8 at Galeri Nasional Indonesia building D, Gambir, Central Jakarta. Free entry, more information is available on Galnas’ official website and Instagram page.


The Boyz World Tour: The B-Zone in Jakarta

Photo: Instagram/@mecimapro

If The Boyz have stolen your heart, then you ought not to miss the boys’ performance tonight. The 11-member K-pop boy band will be performing their hits in front of The B or Deobi — that’s what their fans are called — at Tennis Indoor Stadium Senayan, such as Thrill Ride, The Stealer, Maverick, and She’s The Boss, though we hope they will sing our favorite, Breaking Dawn.

Monday, July 11 at Tennis Indoor Stadium Senayan, Central Jakarta from 7pm onwards, gates open from 5pm. Blue (festival) tickets at IDR2,815,000 before taxes on Ticket.com. More information is available on promotor Mecimapro’s Instagram page.


Monkey Timers at ZODIAC

Photo: Instagram/@diskoklubb_tokyo

Tokyo-based DJ duo Monkey Timers will play at the special launch party of their debut album, KLUBB LONELY, at ZODIAC this Friday as a part of their Indonesia tour. On Saturday, the duo will bring their fun tunes to Potato Head Bali on Saturday.

Friday, July 15 at ZODIAC Space & Bar, Senopati, South Jakarta, doors open at 6pm. RSVP via WhatsApp at +62 878-8896-3422. Instagram


Wine Bar: Borgogno and Carpineto

Photo: Cork&Screw

Take a trip to Northern Italy for a night through a 5-glass vino tasting flight from two illustrious wineries, Borgogno and Carpineto. Founded in 1761, Borgogno is the oldest winery in Barolo municipality in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, which is known for their eco-conscious approach to wine cultivation. On the other hand, Tuscany-based Carpineto, founded in 1967, is the first Italian winery to receive the Robert Mondavi Trophy for excellence.

Wednesday, July 13 at Cork&Screw Pacific Place from 6pm onwards. RSVP through WhatsApp at +62 813 6616 5629.


Building with Nature: architecture exhibition with biobased materials

Photo: Instagram/@erasmushuis_jakarta

The Building with Nature exhibition illustrates the possibilities of natural building materials to create a sustainable living environment for future generations. The center of the exhibition is Dutch and Indonesian houses in 1:10 scale created by Pascal Leboucq and Lucas De Man from Company New Heroes in collaboration with Indonesian design connector PLAYO, with more than 50 designers from both countries. The houses are based on their project, The Exploded View, which is a home built with 100 natural materials on a 1:1 scale. There will be a presentation day and discussion with experts from Indonesia, the Netherlands, and Belgium this Friday at 7pm, details can be found here.

Until Aug. 27 at Erasmus Huis, Kuningan, South Jakarta, with exhibition opening on Tuesday, July 12 at 7.30pm and open atelier until the same date. Free entry, more information is available on Erasmus Huis’ Instagram page.


Exhibitions at Museum MACAN

Installations at ‘The Theater of Me’ exhibition, with ‘Monument That Guards Hankamnas’ (2012) seen at the back. Photo courtesy of Museum MACAN

Spend a day learning about Indonesian history through works by Indonesian leading artists at Museum MACAN. There are three exhibitions currently running at the art museum: Agus Suwage: The Theater of Me (until Oct. 15), Pose (until Sept. 18), and Theresia Agustina Sitompul: Traveling Blues (until Sept. 18) at the Children’s Art Space.

Museum MACAN, Wisma AKR, West Jakarta, opens Tue-Sun from 10am-4pm. More information is available on the museum’s official Instagram page and tickets can be purchased on their website.


Tumbuh: An exhibition by Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi

Photo: Instagram/@rohprojects

Tumbuh (grow) is a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi, which centers around grassroots as a subject matter. In his works, Garibaldi uses Eleusine indica, a specific type of grass. The accompanying text for the artworks are written by poet/journalist Goenawan Mohamad.

Until July 31 at ROH Projects, Jl. Surabaya No. 66, Menteng, Central Jakarta at 11am-7pm daily (closed on Monday and public holidays). RSVP on Goers, free of charge. 


The Big Spill at RUBANAH

Photo: Instagram/@ rubanahundergroundhub

The Big Spill is a solo exhibition by artist Ella Wijt, which is curated by Kurt D. Peterson. During the creation of The Big Spill, it was important to Ella that this installation reflects her most honest capacity of ability and limitations at this time in her life. The exhibition invites visitors into a space where they may simply be human, and where they may quietly reflect upon that humanity. 

Until July 16 at RUBANAH Underground Hub, Menteng, Central Jakarta. More information is available on RUBANAH’s Instagram page or website.


Distrik Seni x Sarinah: Berdikari!

The ‘Berdikari!’ exhibition at Distrik Seni x Sarinah features various Indonesian artists and art collectives. Photo: Instagram/@distrik.seni

Distrik Seni, which brings together the concept of cultural practices with the art market, has recently opened their doors to the public along with their first exhibition, Berdikari! The term is a portmanteau of Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno’s motto “Berdiri di Kaki Sendiri” (standing with your own feet), and the exhibition is inspired by his aspiration for Sarinah, which is the country’s first ever shopping center. The exhibition features various Indonesian artists and art collectives such as A.D. Pirous, Dolorosa Sinaga, Eko Nugroho, Gardu House, and Syagini Ratna Wulan, among others.

Until Aug. 22 at Sarinah Community Mall, 6th floor. More information about the exhibition and online ticket sales are available on Distrik Seni x Sarinah’s website.


Jakarta Fair 2022

Jakarta Fair 2022’s opening night. Photo: Instagram/@jakartafairid & @therainband

Things are gradually going back to normal and with that, the annual Pekan Raya Jakarta (PRJ) or Jakarta Fair returns after a two-year absence. As usual, there are many activities for you and the whole family to enjoy, such as shopping at the never-ending choice of tenants and food markets, letting your kids be kids at the playground, as well as watching live music performances. We strongly advise that you buy your tickets online prior to your visit to avoid long queues and higher prices for on-the-spot tickets.

Until July 17 at JIExpo Kemayoran. For more info and a complete calendar of events visit Jakarta Fair’s Instagram page, online ticketing via JIExpo’s website.

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