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Come Together - 17 to 22 October 2017

Our UK/ID Festival is part of UK/Indonesia 2016-18, a three year on-going programme to build new links between young creatives and build awareness of contemporary arts in two of the world’s most exciting countries. 

This year, UK/ID Festival 2017 showcased work and collaborations between artists, creatives, makers and producers around the theme Come Together. This theme:

  • explored the value of talking and listening to people who are different from ourselves
  • celebrated the vast human, cultural and ecologial diversity of both countries
  • illustrated the creative potential of disability
  • imagined how technology can be hacked. 

Come Together was an invitation for like-minded individuals to collaborate and imagine how creativity can evolve through the sphere of art and technology. 

Take a look at what our programme had to offer:

Music film screenings

A series of music films about renowned music artists, the impact of electronic music, and a surrealist take of a music icon. 


England is Mine: Talented teenage singer Steven Patrick Morrissey forms a band in Manchester, England, in the 1970s. Inspired by his mother and a young painter, Morrissey continues to pursue his dream of rock 'n' roll stardom.

20,000 Days on Earth: A fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave prior to and during the recording of his 2013 album Push the Sky Away.

Ruang Rupa Radio of Rock Tour: A traveling music tour in five cities (Purwokerto, Malang, Solo, Surabaya, and Denpasar) featuring White Shoes & The Couples Company, Efek Rumah Kaca, Good Night Electric, and Willi Wonka. 

Double Deer

Northern Disco Lights: Produced by Paper Recordings, UK, and taking over 30 months to produce, Northern Disco Lights is a film about how a group of teenagers changed the country with electronic music. 

Live scoring / Immersive film screenings

A rich and intimate experience of enjoying a classic or historical film through real-time musical scoring.   

The Lodger with live score by Sjuman School of Music: This classic Hitchcock movie about a murder made in the midst of the London fog is accompanied by music composed for the film by students of the Sjuman School of Music and performed by Trinity Youth Orchestra.

A Distant Echo with musical response and narration by Hanyaterra: UK Filmmaker George Clark presents his film A Distant Echo which explores the theme of identity, culture, and the construction of history, in collaboration with a ceramic music collective from Jatiwangi, Hanyaterra. 

Art exhibitions

An art exhibition featuring creative documentation and output from artists involved in the UK/ID residency programme this year. 

The exhibition included works by:

  • Sita Magfira, Ferial Affif and Amarawati from Lifepatch with Birmingham Open Media 
  • Digital artists Andreas Siagian, Tanti Sofyan, Ndaru Wicaksono, Reza Enem and Rais [Bombo] with FACT Liverpool 
  • Uncle Twis and Cryptic 
  • Abi Rama with Blast Theory 
  • Heather Lander and Tanah Indie 
  • Dani Carragher and Kunokini 
  • She Makes War / Laura Kidd and Kunokini 
  • Emily Gray and Platform 3 with Ackay Deni, Eldwin Pradipta, Panca DZ 
  • Liam Smith and Hysteria 
  • Caglar Kimyoncu and Padepokan Bagong Kussudiharjo 
  • Josette Chiang and Platform 3 
  • Auto Italia and Cemeti with Institute for Art and Society 
  • Tony Maryana and Ikbal Simamora Lubys and Abandoned Normal Devices

Performance arts

A mash up of art performances from UK and Indonesia featuring Emma Frankland And Jo Hellier from Forest Fringe and numerous artists from 69 Performance Club. 

Panel discussions

Jakarta Unlimited: Arts & Disability: A programme aimed to introduce works by disabled artists and shift the perspective of disability by showcasing talks, workshops, screenings and dance & music performances. 

Creative Initiatives by Inspigo: A day designed for UK universities, alumni’s and creative communities to share inspiration and experience of the creative world. 

Frequency Factory Vol. 13: How Music Changes Nations by Double Deer: Following a screening of Northern Disco Lights and its worldly influence of electronic music, a 2-hour discussion was made to map out the impact of electronic music in Indonesia. 

OK Video x Cooking Section: Art collective Ok Video and Cooking Section ran a pre-research discussion to focus on conserving the food and recipe legacy of the Dayak tribe, Iban Sei Itik, found in West Kalimantan. 

UK/ID Residency Talk: UK/ID residency artists shared their retrospective experiences through a talk about arts and technology, gender and identity, and cultural exchange in music. 

Music performances

We showcased an eclectic mix of UK’s music scene from the hard-hitting rapper Afrikan Boy, beatmaker Chloe Martini, to multi-instrumentalist folk singer Dan Croll, while also featuring Indonesia’s power vocalist Neonomora. 

Fashion Open Studio

A first-hand experience in constructing creative fashion concepts with renowned fashion knitwear designer, Derek Lawlor. 

The programme showcased UK and Indonesia international collaborations alongside exciting new creativity from the UK, as well as reflecting the spirit of young creative in the UK and Indonesia: inventive, inclusive, fresh.

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