Two of us (Ajeng and Mila- totally uncoordinated!) found ourselves at ArtJog 2019 a couple of weekends ago. Mila went with Summa Durie, one of our regular creative collaborators (she’s the Performance Curator for TEDxUbud) and also responsible for international programming at the amazing Rumah Sanur creative hub.
We spoiled ourselves with a mix of different art exhibitions and glimpses of the creative ecosystems in Jogja. ArtJog is an annual art festival with exhibition and contemporary art market components. It is always held in the middle of the year for a full month in Jogja.
At the same time, they also hold Jogja Art Weeks, an annual event where local galleries and art centers simultaneously hold events—everything from exhibitions, art and music performances, film screenings, discussions, and art workshops.
Jogja Art Weeks began as a non-profit initiative in Yogyakarta involving the art community, both artists and art enthusiasts, to be active in this new art movement that emphasizes on openness.
Jogja Art Weeks collects information and open doors for the community to access various art events in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area, as well as providing artists and multi-disciplinary art activitists in Indonesia with the opportunities to present and convey ideas, thinking, and art works to a wider audience.
Each year, Jogja Art Weeks publishes a booklet of publications on two whole months of art agenda, starting from visual art, art performances, music performances, workshops, discussions, art tours in Yogyakarta, Magelang, and Surakarta.
Jogja is well known for its art movements and activism, so anyone can benefit from just going there and finding events held by art collectives/spaces. This makes Jogja not only a great cultural city but also a dynamic and critical space for the creative industry.
Did you know that Jogja is famous for its nickname Kota Pelajar? It literally translates to “student city”. It is a destination and melting pot for a myriad of students from different cultural backgrounds in Indonesia and researchers from around the world—from art residency programs to student exchange programs. So many collaborations happen or have been initiated from meetings in Jogja. Definitely worth a visit!