By UK/Indonesia 2016-18 team

31 October 2016 - 12:09

Robbie Thomson performing XFRMR at the UK/ID Festival 2016
Robbie Thomson performing XFRMR at the UK/ID Festival 2016 ©

Yudika Nababan - Seputar Event

Week one

It started in Bandung on 18 October with XFRMR (read: Transformer), a brilliant performance by Glaswegian artist, Robbie Thomson which uses a tesla coil to produce sonic music. Thomson then headed to the cities of Surabaya and Yogyakarta, where he collaborated with local artists in his performances. 

The installation was followed by an Indonesian style outdoor cinema, Gerobak Bioskop, showing British Film Institue (BFI) shorts. Among the 300 people who attended the event were the elected Mayor of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil, UK Ambassador to Indonesia, HMA Moazzam Malik, Paul Smith and the British Council Director for Indonesia. 

In Jakarta, we started our fashion programme shows, talks and discussions featuring UK young designers who have been collaborating with Indonesian fashion designers.

Week two

The second week of the UK/ID festival started with the sold-out international premiere of Rosalind, a moving dance rework of Shakespeare’s As You Like It by James Cousins Company and a group of South Korean dancers.

People watching BFI short films outdoors at the UK/ID opening night
People watching BFI short films outdoors at the UK/ID opening night.
Jo Elaine - Ara Jakarts, Tamsin Blanchard - Fashion Features Director, Designers: Richard Malone, Rosella May, Billie Jacobina and Director of Arts Indonesia - Adam Pushkin
Discussing sustainable fashion in the UK. From left to right, Jo Elaine (ARA Jakarta), Tamsin Blanchard (Fashion Features Director), Richard Malone (Designer), Rosella May (Designer), Billie Jacobina(Designer) and Adam Pushkin (Director of Arts, British Council Indonesia).
Four dancers in a square metal box rehearsing for Rosalind
James Cousins Company rehearsing before their international premiere in Jakarta.

Coming up

We will continue to see more work and collaboration across all art forms. We have Scottish poertry collective Neu!Reekie! performing for the first time in Indonesia, the opening of public installation and video artwork Someone Come Find Me, UK band Kero-Kero Bonito performing in collaboration with local musicians, Two days of fun and interactivity at the meeting point of art, creative technology and science at our Digital Design Weekend and we will also be presenting virtual reality works Notes on Blindness and In My Shoes: Dancing with Myself.

Be sure to join us throughout November and December!

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