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Nestled in the grandeur of the Dynasty Building at the edge of Mont des Arts, you can find a little piece of Indonesia. Let the scent of Indonesian coffee lure you in and the flavour elevate your stay. 

Browse through a beautiful selection of art catalogues and ethically sourced products, taste different delicacies from every corner of the archipelago and discover a diverse range of fascinating workshops and lectures – all dedicated to the guest country. The Festival Centre invites you to catch a first glimpse of Indonesian culture!

Agenda of Activities @ Festival Centre

Agenda of Activities @ Festival Centre The Festival Centre invites you to catch a first glimpse of Indonesian culture through a diverse range of fascinating workshops and lectures – all dedicated to the guest country!

Indonesian street food en brunch buffet

Indonesian street food en brunch buffet With Sugito Prestige & Kopi CornerAre you curious to discover what delicious street food and other culinary highlights Indonesia has to offer? At the EUROPALIA Festival Centre, you can taste the Indonesian food prepared with love and care by Sugito Prestige and Kopi Corner.

Coffee bar and workshop

Coffee bar and workshop The Art of Indonesian CoffeeIndonesia is blessed with a large variety of unique and tasty coffees. Come and discover their stories and the kaleidoscope of tastes, starting in Sumatra, moving towards Java, Bali, Sulawesi and Flores, until the farthest reaches of Papua.

Chocolate workshop & degustation

Chocolate workshop & degustation The Art of Indonesian ChocolatTraditional chocolate maker Mi Joya shapes chocolate from bean-to-bar. For EUROPALIA INDONESIA he has dived into the specificities of the Indonesian cacao bean to create a limited edition chocolate bar.


Afterworks with EUROPALIA INDONESIA Fancy afterworks in Brussels ? Are you passionate about Asia and more specificly indonesian culture ? Are you looking for a nice way to celebrate the weekend ? Apero Travel'in and EUROPALIA present to you the perfect way to start your weekend with a bang!

Arts and crafts for the ancestorsIn the Festival Centre, you are invite to work with some of the artworks from the exhibition Ancestors & Rituals. Make your own mask and crown.!


Workshop Balinese DanceIn Balinese dance, the posture and movements are often the exact opposite of western dans styles like classical ballet, modern dance and jazz dance. It is mostly directed towards the front of the stage which makes it similar to Egyptian images.

Demonstration & workshop

Demonstration & workshop Sepak takraw kick volleyball Sepak takraw is sometimes described as 'football-volleyball on a badminton court’. The players make all sorts of acrobatic movements to score with the ball in the field of their opponents. In short, a traditional ball sport that will amaze you!

Godi Suwarna, Tan Lioe Ie, Zubaidah Djohar & Laurence Vielle

Godi Suwarna, Tan Lioe Ie, Zubaidah Djohar & Laurence Vielle Poetic exorcismThree great Indonesian poets, each with a unique voice and personality, enter in dialogue with Belgian National Poet Laurence Vielle. Through their poems, they will discuss the unique role of the ancestors in Indonesia.

Musiques alternatives et non-conventionnelles d'Indonésie

Musiques alternatives et non-conventionnelles d'Indonésie Conference by Cedrik Fermont (in French)L'Indonésie possède néanmoins une des scènes musicales alternatives les plus riches de l'Asie Orientale, que ce soit la musique électroacoustique et expérimentale, le rock progressif, le metal, le grindcore, le punk, le hardcore, le rock, la noise...

Artist talk

Artist talk Melati Suryodarmo (EN)Come listen to world-renowned choreographer and performer Melati Suryodarmo talk about herself, her art and her new creation Tomorrow, as Purposed.

Opening up the Artistic Practice

Opening up the Artistic Practice RiantoThe Javanese dancer Rianto learnt the gender-transcending lengger dance from the old masters on his home turf. At the Festival Centre, he will discuss his art with the public. (in English)

Poésie pour les ancêtres

Poésie pour les ancêtres Laurence VielleSur invitation d'EUROPALIA, Laurence Vielle est partie à Makassar, sur les traces des ancêtres. Dans le Festival Centre, elle lira les poèmes qu'elle y a écrit et vous parlera des rencontres fascinantes qu'elle y a fait. (In French)

Annelies Verbeke, Bouke Billiet & Gustaaf Peek

Annelies Verbeke, Bouke Billiet & Gustaaf Peek citybooks @ IndonesiaFrom Jakarta to Semarang, deBuren invites you to traval with citybooks: urban portraits in words and imagines by renowned international writers and photographers. (In Dutch)


EUROPALIA CURATOR'S AWARD Laura Herman & Charlotte Dumoncel d'ArgenceThe project 'Natural Capital' by Laura Herman and Charlotte Dumoncel d'Argence was selected for the EUROPALIA CURATOR'S AWARD. Together with three artists of their choice, they went to Indonesia to work around the theme of biodiversity of the archipelago (in English)

Wayang kulit shadow puppet workshop

Wayang kulit shadow puppet workshop Discover the magic behind the wayang kulit, the famous Indonesian shadow puppet theatre. In Indonesia, it is a revered and mysterious art, a ritual through which the doors to the spirit world can be opened.

Workshop "Art with banana leaves"

Workshop Banana leaves are used very often in Indonesia. They are the perfect material to make arts and crafts with. Sarlin Djiwa and Wereldkleur takes you on a trip to Indonesia and shows you how to craft decorations with banana leaves.


Workshop Indonesian MasksMasks are an important part of Indonesian culture. They are not only used for dance and theatre, they posses strong magical powers that are transferred on to those wearing them. As their power grows through time, the older the mask, the more powerful it becomes!Decorate your own mask and don’t forget to (...)

Conference by Philip Vermoortel

Conference by Philip Vermoortel De andere Multatuli (in DutchPhilip Vermoortel, professor en Multatuli-expert, spreek over "de andere Multatuli". Ontdek alle facetten van de vermaarde Nederlandse schrijver, ook deze die je nog niet bekend waren.

Conference by Dik van der Meulen

Conference by Dik van der Meulen Multatuli en macht (in NL)Dik van der Meulen promoveerde in 2002 op een biografie van Multatuli, waarvoor hij de AKO Literatuurprijs won.

Conference by Alain Ernotte

Conference by Alain Ernotte Géopolitique de l'IndonésieAlain Ernotte est guide-conférencier en Asie depuis plus de 20 ans. Il vous convie à partir à la découverte des mille et une facettes de l’archipel indonésien. Comment un jardin d’épices, colonisé par les Hollandais, est devenu un des Tigres de l’Asie?

Storytelling time from and by Roxane Ca’Zorzi

Storytelling time from and by Roxane Ca’Zorzi Tigre, tigre!Le spectacle Tigre, Tigre!, tour du monde d’un animal, interrogation sur le rapport entre la nature et la culture, participera à EUROPALIA INDONESIA. La dernière histoire du spectacle, la clôture apaisante du voyage est, en effet, un conte animiste de tradition indonésienne.

Workshop kecak dance and gamelan music

Workshop kecak dance  and  gamelan music  

Storytelling time by Roxane Ca’Zorzi

Storytelling time by Roxane Ca’Zorzi À l'ombre du manguier (FR)Parmi les nombreuses îles de l’Indonésie, leurs cultures multiples, le spectacle conté "À l'ombre du manguier" met l’accent sur des histoires de tradition animiste, interrogeant le rapport au temps, à l’âme et à la nature.

Indonesia and Plastic Concern

Indonesia and Plastic Concern Conference in English by Sidi Rana MenggalaIndonesia has been named the world’s second largest producer of rubbish found in the world’s ocean. In this eye-opening lecture, Sidi Rana Menggala talks about the never-ending struggle of Indonesia to reduce its dependency on plastic.

Demonstration & workshop

Demonstration & workshop Pencak silat martial artsPencak silat is the collective name for traditional Indonesian martial arts. Trainer and head of the pencak silat school Panca Sila in Maastricht, joins us with his team and live traditional musical support to show this martial art in practice.

Literary bricolage

Literary bricolage PotamotsMystérieuse Indonésie : que lire, que dire….que d’îles ! Et que d’auteurs à découvrir, des plus anciens aux plus modernes ! Les lecteurs de Potamots vous entraînent à leur suite dans le sillage d’une littérature diversifiée, ancrée dans la tradition et résolument contemporaine.


Workshop Sumpitan blowgun dartsOriginally, the sumpitan blowgun from Borneo was used as a hunting weapon to shoot small game out of trees. This Indonesian darts game also stands for an afternoon of fun! Make your own little blowgun and shoot darts at a wooden plank.

Aankomen in Bali

Aankomen in Bali Een verhaal van Ingrid Vander Veken met dans door Eka Santi DewiIngrid Vander Veken vertelt over haar bestsellerroman Aankomen in Bali, begeleid door de traditionele Balinese danspassen van Eka Santi Dewi


Workshop Make your own music instrumentIndonesia has an extremely rich musical culture. Learn how to mimic sounds through your voice, your body and daily objects in this workshop. Make your own musical instrument and be amazed by the sounds you can express.

Car-free Sunday

Car-free Sunday Festive opening of the Festival CentreThe inauguration of the EUROPALIA Festival Centre coincides with Brussels Car Free Sunday. Come and enjoy a first introduction to Indonesian culture and let the following four months of the festival guide you through the rest !

Workshop paper cutting technique

Workshop paper cutting technique With Yudha Sandi (in English)Yudha Sandy is a master of the paper cutting technique which he used in his comic strip, Atom Jardin. He will use the same technique - mixed with other comic strip styles - to adapt one of Indonesian folklore stories, in collaboration with the public.

Bandung Padungdung

Bandung Padungdung Music and dance from BandungThe city of Bandung invites you to a surprise concert at the Festival Centre! Discover the exciting rhythms of the Bangdungese percussion instruments, accompanied by dance and theatre from the region.

Travel tips

Travel tips Off the Beaten Track (in NL)Maak je nu al wilde plannen om het vliegtuig op te springen en de Indonesische cultuur ook ter plaatse te ontdekken? Leg je oor te luister bij Ludo Wauters.

[re-enacting memories] with TAN Vatey: Guilty pleasures in Indonesia

[re-enacting memories] with TAN Vatey:  Guilty pleasures in Indonesia Art workshop & exhibition makingIf art describes the life and world around, then What is [your] Art? What is [your] Pleasure? What is [your] Guilt? What is [your] Indonesia? People in Brussels, of all ages and cultures, be there now to create this “instant exhibition” together! (In English)