Once upon a time in Salihara art center

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Since I love art and culture things and happenings, the opening of Salihara art complex in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, made me excited. I can say, it can be the city’s another art center — apart from the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) in Central Jakarta, the Utan Kayu community in East Jakarta and the Bentara Budaya in South Jakarta.

The 3,060-square-meter and Rp 17.5 billion (about US$2 million) of modern art enclave has a gallery, library, offices, guest house, bookshop, theater and cafe. And now the art center is running the Salihara Festival.

Boasting 19 events involving dozens of artists from Indonesia and abroad, Salihara Festival will spice up life in the capital at the newly established compound of Komunitas Salihara in South Jakarta from Oct. 17 to Dec. 6.

The series of events – an exhibition, dances, plays, a lecture and music performances – are the first programs hosted by Salihara since its opening ceremony on Aug. 8, 2008. [Source]

I have been there last week and guess what? Beyond my expectation: the “atmosphere” of art complex is not so cool. Lack of parking park and situated in the road side – a narrow and crowded road.

Ah yes, please take a note, you are not allowed to pictures here without a prior permission – somehow made me scary to know about it :-)

[Photo sources: 1, 2]

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