A portrait of legendary singer Morrissey’s early years, before he formed The Smiths, as told in the film England is Mine shown on Tuesday evening opened a six-day art festival in Jakarta, held to celebrate cultural diversity between the United Kingdom and Indonesia.
Thirty-two Indonesian artists and 22 artists from the UK are participating in the second annual UK/ID Festival, a three-year creative economic partnership program launched during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s visit to the UK in April 2016.
Held at The Establishment in SCBD from Oct. 17 to 22, the event this year adopts the theme “Come Together,” and is slated to feature a wide range of events and activities, including musical performances, film screenings, performing arts, visual exhibitions and workshops.
“This festival is charged by the youthful spirit of the UK and Indonesia: a celebration of the amazing things that can happen when talented people from very different origins come together to share ideas and creativity,” Paul Smith, British Council in Indonesia country director, said in a statement.
Over 20 British and Indonesian artists over the past year have spent at least one month in each other’s countries, exchanging creative ideas, learning from one another and collaborating together, with the projects set to be showcased at the festival this week.
Adam Pushkin, British Council Indonesia director of arts and creative industries, explained that the festival served as a platform that brought creative young people from both countries closer.
“The UK and Indonesia are both incredibly diverse countries, both have fantastic creativity among young people, and both are using new technologies in amazing new ways. We want to tell those stories to help the UK and Indonesia get to know each other better,” Pushkin said.
The opening night on Tuesday also featured live music performances by Indonesian singer Neonomora and London-based electronic musician Chloe Martini.
The festival will also include, among other things, a live film score event, which will feature a ceramic rock group from Jatiwangi called Hanyaterra performing the soundtrack of George Clark’s 2016 film, A Distant Echo. Clark had previously undertaken a UK/ID residency in Jatiwangi, West Java, as part of the program.
Source : Jakarta Post