Every two years—on even-numbered years like this—we present a very special month-long program. It is called SIPFest, Salihara International Performing-arts Festival.

SIPFest 2018 is proud to host artists as well as dance, theater and music groups that have achieved great acclaim, alongside young and fresh talents who will surely become a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

This year’s SIPFest is even more special as it also coincides with Komunitas Salihara’s 10th anniversary that falls on August 08, 2018.

Di seni senang, so goes SIPFest’s motto, happy go artsy. Art is happy, especially when it invites us to dive deeper into life. Art is tempting, surprising and delightful.

All of these things are generously offered by groups such as Lucy Guerin Inc, Quatuor Bozzini (along with four Indonesian composers: Marisa Sharon Hartanto, M. Arham Aryadi, Stevie Jonathan Sutanto and Matius Shan Boone), Ju Percussion Group, Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones, Toccata Studio, Five Arts Centre, Compagnie X-Press, Ayelen Parolin, and by Nassim Soleimanpour’s astonishing script (performed by Reza Rahadian and Sita Nursanti).

Further highlighting the special occasion of this year’s SIPFest, we have also produced a contemporary dance work, inspired by the Banyumasan lengger tradition, alongside choreographer Otniel Osman, and a theater piece Monolog Sutan Sjahrir, alongside director Rukman Rosadi, actor Rendra Bagus Pamungkas, and scriptwriter Ahda Imran.

New to SIPFest is our lecture-performance series, presenting Ananda Sukarlan (music), Didik Nini Thowok (dance), and Jim Adhi Limas (theater). There is also a showcase event, which is a forum where emerging dance and theater artists can present their works-in-progress.

Visitors may also enjoy installation works especially created for Salihara’s open spaces by Krisgatha Achmad, Meliantha Muliawan dan Gabriel Aries Setiadi.

SIPFest 2018 is a forum for artists and audiences to share in creativity, newness and joy.


Nirwan Dewanto