Doc. British Council

Friday 12 October 2018 to Monday 29 October 2018

Inspired by a visit to the Unlimited Festival in the UK, Festival Bebas Batas is Indonesia’s first festival of its kind, a celebration of brilliant art by disabled people.

Comprising visual art and music, theatre and dance, films, talks and workshops, plus creative public interventions, Festival Bebas Batas creates a platform for the creativity of disabled people - and an opportunity to change some perceptions too.

For this first edition, the festival welcomes international partners, including seven different artists and groups from the UK.

12 October 2018 - Festival Opening with Candoco (UK) and CanDoDance (ID)

13 to 14 October 2018 - Festival Bebas Batas Showcase Weekend: Theatre, Dance, Music, and more

12 to 29 October - Festival Bebas Batas continues with exhibition, installations, film screenings, and talks

What Makes You Who You Are

Caglar Kimyoncu (UK) x Abdi Karya (ID) x Pamflet (ID)

10 - 29 October 2018, at Galeri Nasional

How far does your social, cultural and political environment, sexuality or disability shape who you are? Caglar Kimyoncu works with artists in Makassar and Jakarta, creating a collaborative transmedia storytelling installation, accessible for all, regardless of disability.

In Chains

Hana Madness (ID) x the vacuum cleaner (UK)

10 - 29 October 2018, at Galeri Nasional 

Two brilliant artists whose work on their lived experience of mental health disability, travelled together in the UK and Indonesia. They listened to the voices of those with mental health disabilities, including some who experience pasung (shackling), creating a brand new art installation in response.

Festival Bebas Batas x Jakarta Fashion Week

Teatum Jones (UK) x Sean and Sheila (ID)

19 - 20 October 2018, Festival Bebas Batas, at Galeri Nasional

21 October 2018, Jakarta Fashion Week

Creating fashion from human stories, British designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones believe in the power of fashion to present a pro-social message of inclusivity and positive identity. Their brand, Teatum Jones collaborates with Indonesian studio Sean and Sheila to present an inclusive open studio at Festival Bebas Batas, and a runway show with a difference at Jakarta Fashion Week.

Festival Bebas Batas Films

A range of films from around the world, telling stories that explore disabled perspectives. 


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Arts and Disability
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UK/Indonesia 2016-18