Jakarta is a meeting point for many cultures from long time ago. Being the economic and political capital of Indonesia, Jakarta’s residents are representing of many different cultures and ethnicities of Indonesia.
Due to its long history as a key trading post, Jakarta is also home to immigrant minorities of Chinese, Arabic and Persian descent. The cultural influences of former colonial powers (the Portuguese, Spanish, English and Dutch) is also still evident in the islands today.
With that unique and diverse backstory, Jakarta is now an inclusive and diverse city in terms of cultural background and freedom. There are lot of cultural center that you can find in Jakarta, both from the traditional to the contemporary culture, up to the foreign culture with its huge community basis.
Ismail Marzuki Park | instagram / contact / location The Ismail Marzuki Park, popularly known as Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) is an arts and culture center located at Jalan Cikini Raya 73, Central Jakarta. The Jakarta Institute of the Arts and the Jakarta Planetarium were also established on the park complex. After revamped and relaunched in June 2022, TIM also has some modern theatres, an exhibition hall, a gallery and a library building. Art and cultural events are regularly performed at this arts center, including drama, dance, wayang (shadow-puppet), music, poetry readings, painting exhibitions. The name of this art center comes from the name of the famous Indonesian songwriter, Ismail Marzuki.
Goethe-Institut Indonesien | website / contact / location The Goethe-Institut Indonesien was founded in 1961. The Goethe-Institut organizes and supports events that encourage an exchange between Germans and Indonesians; be it through film festivals and concerts, art exhibitions, readings and discussions, or dance and theatre performances. The institute also have a German language courses and have more than 5000 students annually.
Erasmus Huis | website / contact / location The Erasmus Huis is the cultural centre of the Netherlands in Jakarta and a meeting place for everyone. With a focus on musical programmes and exhibitions, the Erasmus Huis has built a reputation as a vibrant and easily accessible cultural center. This place also offer dance, films and lectures.
Japan Foundation | website / contact / location The Japan Foundation was established in October, 1972 as a specialized and the core agency that is responsible for Japanese international cultural exchange. The agency was transformed into the independent administrative institution (under the jurisdiction of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on October 1st, 2003. In 2004, The Japan Foundation reformed its organization according to the following sectoral programs and since then, it has been developing into more comprehensive and effective international cultural exchange programs.
Korean Culture Center Indonesia | website / contact / location Since Indonesia is a country with very high interest in Korean culture, and various contents such as K-pop as well as dramas, movies, Korean food, hanbok, and fashion are popular, South Korean Government decided to open The Korean Cultural Center in Indonesia that established on July 18, 2011 in Jakarta. The cultural center aims to promote Korean culture and conduct various projects for cultural exchange between Korea and Indonesia.
@america | website / contact / location The @america (pronounced at america) is the U.S. Embassy’s American Center located in Jakarta, Indonesia. Its mission is to provide a space for young Indonesians to learn more about the United States and to share ideas about issues that are important to both Americans and Indonesians. All of the events are free and open to the public and include diverse topics such as education, the environment, music and arts, science and technology, and entrepreneurship.
Bentara Budaya Jakarta | website / contact / location The Bentara Budaya starts from the concern on cultural and fine arts of Mr. PK Ojong and Mr. Jakob Oetama, the founder of the one of the biggest newspaper company in Indonesia, Kompas. Kompas collects a lot of paintings, ceramics, and other antique art objects. To accommodate these collections, in 1974 the Gramedia Art Gallery was established. This gallery actually became the forerunner of Bentara Budaya later on. Currently, Bentara Budaya Jakarta is popular with various kinds of art activities, both traditional and contemporary art such as fine art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, craft exhibitions, dance performances, theater, music, film screenings, various discussions and workshops.
Salihara | website / contact / location The Salihara Arts Center presents a variety of the latest arts from Indonesia and the world, both for performance and education, in a creative environment in the midst of the hustle and bustle of southern Jakarta. Salihara is open for those who are interested in developing creativity and skills through art and idea, appreciating diversity to revive the quality of freedom of thought in Indonesia.
Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace | website / contact / location The Dia.Lo.Gue is a public and collective art space that is open to various types of art and design that aims to nurtures experimentation and sparks creativity, passion, and new interests. This ethos is reflected in the name itself, which translates in the local Betawi language as ‘He/She – You – Me’, as well as in its logogram, which represents individuals and characters from many different backgrounds, ages, and personalities.
Indonesia Kaya Gallery | website / contact / location The Indonesia Kaya Gallery is a cultural edutainment space presented by the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation that presents information on the cultural treasure of the archipelago with more digitalized ways. Ranging from traditional musical instruments, traditional toys, traditional clothes, to information about culinary, tourism, traditions and arts are packaged digitally and interactively in this place. Located in Grand Indonesia, Indonesia Kaya Gallery offers an alternative in learning Indonesian cultural traditions in a more modern, fun, easy and free way.