August, the month of Independence, sparkles with awesome happenings, from the 18th Asian Games to the Jember Fashion Carnival, the GIIAS motorshow, painting exhibitions, concerts, and a jazz festival.
01 Presidential Collections
A wide selection of exclusive artworks from the collections of five presidential palaces will be on display for a whole month at Hall A of Galeri Nasional, the National Gallery in Jakarta. Open daily except public holidays; free entrance; time: 10am–7pm.
02 Mega Motorshow
The country’s biggest auto show, GIIAS, is back at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD City in Tangerang. The 10-day fair features 27 auto brands and 10 motorcycle brands with specifically designed models to meet the high expectations of car connoisseurs. Tickets: Rp100,000; time: 11am-9pm.
04 A Maestro’s Centenary
Ciputra Artpreneur Museum will celebrate Hendra Gunawan’s 100th anniversary with inspiring exhibitions showcasing the best artworks by the great maestro. Curators Agus Dermawan and Aminudin Siregar grouped the artworks in a “Women and Family” retrospective, while curator Rifky Effendy coordinates 70 contemporary artists to partake in “Hendra Gunawan Spectrum”, which will run until August 12.
07 Fashion Forward
The 17th Jember Fashion Carnival, a costume parade annually featured in the East Java city of Jember, has “Asia Light” as its main theme. Inspired by the local pageantry of Reyog Ponorogo, the six-day festival is centred along a 3.6km catwalk and is expected to attract thousands from around the archipelago and abroad.
10 Bali Blue Notes
The 6th Ubud Village Jazz Festival will jazz up Bali for two days at The Arma Museum Garden. A string of legends like the Benny Green Trio as well as rising stars like Triple Ace in Colours are ready to light up the community-based event. Tickets: from Rp500,000.
18 Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018
The 18th Asian Games will kick off in Jakarta and Palembang and last for 16 consecutive days, featuring 462 events in 40 disciplines contested by 11,200 athletes from 45 member countries. For the first time, e-sports and canoe polo will be featured as demonstration sports. Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the games.
20 Love You, Clean Bandit
Grammy Awardwinner Clean Bandit will quench the thirsts of avid fans at the “Clean Bandit Live in Jakarta – Love You Tour 2018” at The Kasablanka Hall in Jakarta. Aside from hits like “Rockebye”, sung by Anne Marie and Sean Paul, the English band will introduce a new single entitled “Solo”. Tickets: Rp800,000; showtime: 8pm.
25 Mon Paramore
Aficionados will celebrate as the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD City lights up with excitement when alternative rock band Paramore, from Tennessee in the US, stage an epic concert. Tickets for the “Paramore – Tour Four 2018” are set at Rp1,200,000; showtime: 7pm.