Salihara Arts Center presents a diverse line-up of the latest art from Indonesia and around the world, from performing art to educational programs, ensconced within a cool and creative environment amongst the bustle of South Jakarta. Salihara is open to anyone wishing to develop their skills and creativity by exploring art and ideas, respecting diversity. We hope to enrich the ways through which we exercise our freedom of speech in Indonesia.
Salihara International Performing-arts Festival (SIPFest)
A two-yearly international performing arts festival that brings important groups and hottest names in the performing art world. You might even catch world premieres of works by notable artists at the festival as well.
Literature and Ideas Festival (LIFEs)
A two-yearly festival of literature and ideas that invites you to interact with writers from Indonesia and abroad. Each festival edition is designed around a theme that is both interesting and relevant, to expand perspectives on particular discourses or issues, and to broaden intellectual horizons.
A theater festival presenting selected groups from across Indonesia. Groups are selected through an Open Call.
A dance festival presenting the latest works by choreographers and dancers from across Indonesia. Dancers and groups are selected through an Open Call.
Salihara Jazz Buzz
A jazz concert presenting new, exploratory, intelligent and fresh colors from both senior and younger musicians. Newness is key to Jazz Buzz, which encourages collaborations between musicians who don’t normally cross paths instrumentally or musically.
Coaching (class or workshop format) in [the art of] writing, acting, dancing, philosophy, etc., aimed at the younger generations, and led by mentors competent in their related fields.
Discussions, lectures, talk shows on and around art, knowledge, social sciences, history, etc, exploring relevant topics from diverse viewpoints.
Local- and international-scale contemporary art exhibitions showcasing interdisciplinary collaborations, archival spotlights, as well as historical explorations of art and culture.
Events and programs at Salihara Arts Center have been carefully selected by curators with decades of art experience. Salihara Arts Center curators select and organize art events that offer freshness or newness in forms or ideas. Art does not always have to be “contemporary” or “avant-garde”; rich experimentations can also occur among diverse forms of art, including those that are often considered (or labeled) as “traditional” or “popular”.
Salihara Arts Center started out as Komunitas Utan Kayu (KUK), a cultural pocket located at Jalan Utan Kayu 68H, East Jakarta. KUK was founded by litterateurs, intellectuals, artists, journalists, and a number of Tempo staff members, a year following the magazine’s banning by the authoritarian New Order regime in 1994. KUK championed the freedoms of thought and expression, which were severely curtailed during that period.
The New Order regime fell in 1998. KUK maintained its activities, continued to nurture and disseminate artistic and intellectual wealth through art performances, exhibitions, lectures, and discussions on a variety of themes and topics. Finally, on 8 August 2008, a group of KUK administrators ‘moved’ to Jalan Salihara 16, Pejaten, Pasar Minggu, which led to the establishment of Salihara Arts Center.
Puella Maria Lourdes
Riezca B. Radaini
La Bomba Rifai
Rizqya Nur Fitriyani
Indra B Wibowo
Aresha Agung Wibisono
Choki Sapta Wanusi
Surya Bantrang Jenar
Teater Salihara (Salihara Black Box) is the first blackbox theater in Indonesia. The artistic configurations of red bricks that form the walls of this theater are designed to effectively absorb sound to achieve good soundproofing and acoustics. This 252-capacity theater has a dressing room, and is well-furnished with modern stage, sound and lighting equipment.
Architect: Adi Purnomo
Galeri Salihara is oval-shaped to optimize the space for art exhibitions and provide even lighting and ventilation. Outwardly, the oval shape also gives a roomy and spacious feel.
Architect: Marco Kusumawijaya
The four-story Salihara Office building has a free and floaty feel to it. It is enclosed from the outside to insulate it from both road noise and western sun’s glare. It is open on its north- and south-facing sides to reduce the need for air conditioning and artificial lighting during the day.
Architect: Isandra Matin Ahmad
Anjung Salihara is a three-story multifunctional building that houses a music studio, dance studio, a multi-purpose room, a library, and lodgings. Standing on a triangular piece of land, it is designed to be suitable for the tropical climate. The spaces inside the building have rounded corners, so they fit with the overall Salihara environment. The Jakarta skyline can be clearly observable from Teater Salihara on the topmost floor.
Architect: Danny Wicaksono