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Music Clubs & Theaters in Jakarta

Music Clubs and Theaters in Jakarta are perhaps the best avenues to explore the evolving culture of the place. Culture of Indonesia including the growth of traditional theatre and cosmopolitan music are still revered and probed into by the locals and the tourists alike. In fact, Jakarta in Indonesia has a medley of ethnic and migrant population, which retains their specialty through traditional art forms. So whether you are on a culture expedition or just in a mood to chill, entertainment in Jakarta offers you a variety of scope in theaters to refined music clubs.

If you are looking for a refined and sophisticated form of entertainment, Jakarta has plenty of options. Are you looking for the famous gamelan or traditional Javanese music? You can also listen to these items in the music clubs in Jakarta. There is one place called Pasar Seni in Ancol, where you can relish live gamelan music and dangdut, which is Indonesian pop music with a strong Indian influence as well. If you are more interested in western numbers, then you can visit some specific music clubs where you can hear western classical music. You can visit music cafes like Twilight Café in the southern part of Jakarta where you can tap to Jazz and classical tunes. Ok, are you looking forward to hearing Latin music such as mambo, cha-cha and samba, you will also find music clubs offering these types of music.

Taman Ismail Marzuki commonly known as T.I.M, is the show case for the arts of Jakarta. TIM is a theatre, gallery and arts institute complex at Jalan Cikini Raya 73, Menteng. TIM is one of the best places to see music and arts performance from all over the country and abroad.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, the all-Indonesia theme park on the southern outskirt of the city, has an extensive program of traditional performances. Free cultural performances held on Sunday from 10:00 am 02:00 pm. You might see dances from Kalimantan, horse trance performance from East Java, wedding ceremony from Sulawesi or “Keroncong” music from Jakarta all held in the pavilion of their origin. Special cultural events from al over the country staged every Saturday nights from April to November.

The Bharata Theatre at Jalan Kalilio 15 in Pasar Senen, has Wayang Orang (Javanese theatre) performances from 08:00 pm to midnight every evening. Take place in a large old theatre with a traditional Java façade, performances held in bahasa Indonesia and Javanese. Wayang orang based on the Hindu epics, the Rarnayana and Mahabharata or Javanese legends associated with courts of Central Java. Accompanied with gamelan, it is a mixture of dramatic and comic theatre with some dancing and an inevitable battle scene as the noble characters vie for power or oppose the forces of evil

The Gedung Kesenian Jakarta is a delightful colonial theatre restored to its former grandeur. Various theatrical and music events held, including many cultural events such as Ketoprak (Javanese theatre) and Lenong (Betawi folk theatre)
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