Our first ever UK/Indonesia festival brought together some of the best young creative minds from the UK and Indonesia.

Between 18 October to 10 December 2016 we heard sonic fireworks and 8-bit art pop, we saw the lo-fi side of hi-tech and the alternative future of fashion, and we experienced 21st century remixes of ancient stories, and different perspectives on disability. Most of all, it was amazing to see what can happen when the UK and Indonesia work together.

This is just the start. The UK/ID festival is part of UK/Indonesia 2016-18, a three year on-going programme to build new links between young creatives in two of the world’s most exciting countries: by building hundreds of new relationships, we’ll see the UK and Indonesia work more closely together for many years to come.

Find out what happened during the festival:

XFRMR - Robbie Thomson - Sonic Performance

Glaswegian artist Robbie Thomson performed his electronic tesla coil piece XFRMR in Bandug, Surabaya and Yogyajarta. 

Read the story here.

Gerobak Bioskop - Outdoor Film Screening

Gerobak Bioskop: Layar Inspirasi, a mobile-cinema cart, came to Bandung, Jakarta and Surabaya to show a series of selected UK films from BAFTA.

The showcase was followed by a two-day schools workshop where students made new films inspired by UK short films.

Fashion Futures at Jakarta Fashion Week - Forum and Fashion Show

Jakarta Fashion Week hosted UK fashion designers in collaboration with Indonesian artists, Billie Jacobina x Lekat and Rosella May x SOE.

Read about the residency they did before the fashion week here. 

Rosalind by James Cousins Company - Dance Performance

Rosalind, a dance reworking of Shakepeare’s As You Like It by UK dance group James Cousins Company and Korean dancers in Seoul, was performed outside of South Korea for the very first time in Jakarta and Solo. 

Following the performances in Jakarta and Solo, the Indonesian non-profit organisation Ballet ID helped facilitate two contemporary dance workshops with James Cousins in Jakarta.

Read about the workshops, Shakespeare and contemporary dance in Indonesia here.

Neu!Reekie! - Spoken Word

Scottish poetry collective Neu! Reekie! performed their curated work for the first time in Indonesia at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. 

Dubbed as Scotland’s favourite avant-garde noisemakers, their performance combined storytelling, film and music. They also collaborated with local writers to create one-of-a-kind cabaret shows in Jakarta and Medan. 

Read about their experiences

The Selector Live - Music

The Selector presenter and DJ Goldierocks continued her whirlwind South East Asia tour in Indonesia, joining Virgin Radio in their Live Lounge in Jakarta for a special live show featuring the best in new UK music, from indie, dubstep, folk, soul, electro and everything in between.

Someone Come Fine Me - Remix - Instalation

Someone Come Find Me remix launched in Jakarta in the old town of Kota Tua. A collaboration between Invisible Flock members Ben Eaton and Victoria Pratt from Leeds, UK and maker and technologist Miebi Sioki from Indonesia, audience members were invited to send text messages that were translated into morse code and flashed out at sea from a buoy anchored of the coast at Ancol just outside of Jakarta. Whilst watching the buoy flashing on a live stream, audience members could simultaneously read the anonymous SMS messages appearing on reclaimed and upcycled CRT TV screens.

Read the story here. 

Kero Kero Bonito - Music

British band Kero Kero Bonito performed their J-Pop influenced, haribo-flaboured music for the first time in Indonesia. 

Read about the Indonesian animator and VJ who created visuals for their performance. 

Digital Design Weekend - Art and Tech Event

Inspired by the annual Digital Design Weekend at London's V&A Museum, the UK/ID festival remix brought UK and Indonesian creatives together across several spaces in Jakarta's Old City, from the perspectives of disabled people to the music of homemade synthesisers, from robotic hands to the things we can make with broken electronics.

Read about exploring empathy through virtual reality, fixing, making and creating, drones used to protect the environment, detecting ghosts and feeling the emotions of other through technology at the Digital Design Weekend. 

Assembly of Animals by Tim Spooner - Theatre Performance

Creator and performer Tim Spooner performed The Assembly of Animals, a magical, handmade, performed sculpture which combines puppets, objects and scientific demonstrations, in Padang, Jakarta and Bandung. 

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