- Nyepi, A Balinese Day for Self-reflection
[Jakarta, LttW] Nyepi, the Balinese day of silence, is a day for self-reflection. Annually, this day of quiet reflection is held to celebrate the beginning of the local Caka calendar.
A Balinese friend told us that the silence can mean whatever you want it to mean, just
- How is Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2017 Possible?
[Jakarta, LttW] When we first heard of the opportunity to cover this year’s Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, among the first thoughts that came to mind was how such an enormous event can still be held at this day and age. Sure, nothing beats
- Forget La La Land – best foreign language Oscar nominees show the true diversity of cinema
The Academy Awards has been itself looking like a dramatic movie. US President Donald Trump’s travel ban was met with criticism by Iranian film director, Ashgar Farhadi, who chose not to attend the award ceremony as a form of protest. His film, The Salesman,
- Chinese ballet show draws protests for ‘glorifying Red Army’
by Naaman Zhou
Minister says staging The Red Detachment of Women is a privilege but protest organiser says government needs to understand what the story is about
Protesters in Melbourne have called for a boycott of a visiting Chinese ballet performance that
- The Shade of Northern Lights: A Current Reflection
How many people do you know would collect orange seeds, put them in a pocket, and throw them on land where they can fruitfully grow? We know one, Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) [Ed.]**.
A sensitive character in a desensitized world, Semsar concerns himself with issues of
- Trump: Turning USA into Uncle Sam’s Abomination – Part Two
by Serrano Sianturi
Are Fragile States Farming Terrorism?
The Muslim ban was taken in the name of keeping America safe from the terrorist act by the Muslim extremist. So let’s see whether all or any of the listed countries are harboring terrorist and encouraging terror
- Zap Mama, Movement by a Woman (and an Unreleased Single!)
Music act of artist Marie Daulne
“People recognize a soul, not a genre, and there is a longer life for that type of composition.”
- Syekh Marzuki Hasan, Living the Acehnese Arts
Acehnese Traditional Arts Maestro
“…many have associated me with the Sufism tradition; which I don’t quite agree with this. I’m still going for some earthly delights—friends, wealth, and such; I am nothing more than a sinner…”
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