• Flores, eastern Indonesia, 19th C. © Museum Nasional Indonesia, Photo by Arkadius 2016
  • © Octora
  • © Sardono
  • © Gayo Lues Tourism Office
  • © Wayang Hip Hop
  • Ayu Utami © Erik Prasetya


Beyond the Spoken

Beyond the Spoken Workshops organised by Barbara RaesWhat is our relationship with ancestors and rituals in the West today? Communities and social cohesion in Western societies are disappearing as a result of increasing individualisation. Beyond the Spoken works with artists to ensure a meaningful ritual experience.


EUROPALIA CURATOR'S AWARD Natural CapitalWe wear palm oil lipstick while we leaf through imperial travelogues and uncompromised business plans. We watch documentaries on prosthetic coral reefs and witness rainforests turn into lumber... Perhaps species is no longer the right unit to talk about earthbound life?

Garin Nugroho

Garin Nugroho Acclaimed at Cannes, Berlin and Venice, Garin Nugroho’s films decipher the diversity of Indonesian cultures in a way that resonates with audiences across the world.

Ayu Utami

Ayu Utami Utami paved the way for a whole generation of Indonesian writers, breaking taboos surrounding Indonesia’s (post-)colonial past, sexuality and gender.

Saman Gayo Lues

Saman Gayo Lues Saman DanceThe Gayo’s “dance of a thousand hands” performed by young, kneeling men who sing and use their bodies as percussion. Explosive energy!

Ancestors & Rituals

Ancestors & Rituals 11 10 '17 > 14 01 '18 @ BOZAR. Ancestors are at the heart of all Indonesian societies. The rituals dedicated to them powerfully and poetically reflect the enormous diversity of the country.

Saluang dendang

Saluang dendang Saluang, the enormous bamboo flute of the Minangkabau people, often accompanies dendang, local folk songs full of humour and good advice.


Mataniari Toba Batak Music and DanceDespite external influences, the Batak people of Lake Toba have managed to preserve their myriad musical traditions. Their rhythms are among the most complex in Asia.

Voices of Papua

Voices of Papua Papuan polyphonic singing, always accompanied by ritual dance, is one of the oldest musical traditions still in existence today.

Lily Yulianti Farid

Lily Yulianti Farid In residenceJournalist Lily Yulianti has created a citizen journalism project. Her short stories, plays and monologues tackle, among others, themes of gender and Muslim women in Indonesia.

Wolf Müller

Wolf Müller NEW CREATION. During his residence in Borneo, Wolf Müller (aka Bufiman) taught the mouth harp to villagers and learnt local instruments and rhythms. New creation

Eko Supriyanto

Eko Supriyanto Balabala In Jailolo, Eko worked with five young women on the martial art of pencak silat. His slow, rhythmic choreography is an ode to feminine strength.

Power and other things

Power and other things Indonesia & Art (1835-now)18 10 '17 > 21 01 '18 @ BOZAR. Around twenty Indonesian and occidental artists interpret Indonesia’s recent history and contemporary society through new creations.

Intan Paramaditha

Intan Paramaditha Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian author and a film/media scholar. Both her fiction and academic writings explore the relations between gender and sexuality, culture, and politics. Many of her stories are inspired by horror fiction, myths, and fairy tales.

Otto Sidharta

Otto Sidharta Indonesia’s first electronic musician, Otto Sidharta, plays with sounds he has collected in the country’s megalopolises and jungles since the 1970s.

Wayang Hip Hop

Wayang Hip Hop Inspired by shadow theatre and traditional Javanese melodies, Wayang Hip Hop is a perfect example of the adaptability of hip hop around the world.

Moh. Hariyanto

Moh. Hariyanto G.H.U.L.U.R.Moh. Hariyanto from the Island of Madura has shot to international fame with G.H.U.L.U.R., choreography of rare power and violence using heavy, corrugated steel sheets.

Nan Jombang

Nan Jombang Whispering of ExileThe Nan Jombang dance company bases its superb and rigorous contemporary choreographies on Minang traditions, martial arts and percussion.

DJ Dea Barandana

DJ Dea Barandana With his sunny sets mixing tropical disco and obscure grooves, DJ Dea has won more praise from Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio) than any other DJ.

Pencak silat

Pencak silat Pencak silat is the collective name for traditional Indonesian martial arts. Every region developed different styles, often mimicking local animals. Pencak silat has gotten very mixed with spiritual elements, in which the physical and the spiritual development go hand in hand.

Ben Sohib

Ben Sohib Before becoming a best-selling author, Ben Sohib was vocalist in a progressive rock band, which can be felt in his darkly humorous, gritty novels about the urban life of Muslims.

Sardono W Kusomo

Sardono W Kusomo Expanded CinemaThrough archive footage and his own experimental short films, this documentary reveals the man behind the legend of choreographer and filmmaker Sardono.

Sherli Novalinda

Sherli Novalinda In the Footsteps of the BodyWith a simple yet powerful scenography, Sherli Novalinda proposes a moving choreography, focusing on the powerful body of the soloist Kurniadi Ilham.

Mugiyono Kasido

Mugiyono Kasido The RumorsIn his solo, The Rumors, dancer Mugiyono Kasido observes with acerbic humour the chaos that reigns in the society, economy and politics of his country.

I Gede Radiana Putra

I Gede Radiana Putra Baris DanceBaris, the traditional martial art dance of Bali, explores the full spectrum of emotions experienced by a young man leaving for war, from his initial fear to final victory.

David Van Reybrouck

David Van Reybrouck David Van Reybrouck is an award-winning author from Belgium, most known for the international bestseller Congo. He’s currently writing a book about the Dutch East Indies.

Budi Irawanto

Budi Irawanto Budi Irawanto, professor at the Gadjah Mada University, has written two books on Indonesian cinema. He is also director of the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival.

Alfred Birney

Alfred Birney Alfred Birney is the winner of the Libris-prize 2017 with his novel "De tolk van Java". He will talk about his book and enter in dialogue with the Indonesian writer Ayu Utami and David Van Reybrouck.

Laurence Vielle

Laurence Vielle Following in the footsteps of Indonesian ancestors and rituals, our national poet met the writers and poets of Makassar. She will enter into dialogue with them during EUROPALIA literary events.

Be There, Be Entertained!

Be There, Be Entertained! Estelle Hanania18 10 > 12 11 '17 @ BOZAR. Estelle Hanania shows the first results of her residency in Indonesia. Her photos reflect a country that (re-)invents its traditions in a globalised world.