Top ChoiceDance in Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet

Held at the outdoor theatre just west of the main Prambanan temple complex, the famous Ramayana Ballet is Java’s most spectacular dance-drama troupe. The story of Rama and Sita takes place three nights a week;...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Solo

Sriwedari Theatre

The theatre in this vacant plot (formerly an amusement park now undergoing redevelopment) is the unlikely venue of one of the best shows in Java! Traditional dance performances by Solo's esteemed and long-running...

Top ChoicePerforming Arts in Bandung

ASTI Bandung

In the southern part of the city about 3km from the centre, this is a school for traditional Sundanese arts – music, dancing and pencak silat (martial arts). There are frequent good performances, some of which...

Live Music in South Jakarta


Nautilus is a bold, classic European-versus-Asian-bling drinking lounge at the Four Seasons hotel. Upon entering, you're drawn to the striking mural of the historic Sunda Kelapa port behind the bar. There's live...

Cinema in South Jakarta

Kinosaurus Jakarta

Walk through the Aksara bookshop, then rub shoulders with Jakarta's artistic community at this hidden cinema, which hosts independent short and fringe films from around Indonesia and the world. Most are either in...

Cinema in Cikini & Menteng

CGV Grand Indonesia

If you've never had a VIP cinema experience, this is the place to do it. Gold class has a premium lounge, reclining chairs and waiter service (you can buy drinks and snacks from your chair), while velvet class...

Performing Arts in Cikini & Menteng

Taman Ismail Marzuki

Jakarta's premier cultural centre has a great selection of cinemas, theatres and exhibition spaces. Performances (such as Sundanese dance and gamelan music events) are always high quality and the complex has a...

Performing Arts in Malang

Taman Rekreasi Senaputra

Malang’s cultural and recreational park has a hectically busy swimming pool and children’s playground and some quirky events. Kuda lumping (horse trance) dances (7000Rp) are performed every Sunday morning at 10am.

Karaoke in Cikini & Menteng

T-Rex Family Karaoke

Despite the name, this is not a particularly family friendly place. Although kids are welcome, it can get pretty boozy. The dozens of private karaoke rooms range in size (accommodating four to 50 people). You can...

Live Music in Jakarta

Rossi Musik

Those wanting to tap into Jakarta's underground music scene can head to this grungy venue which hosts local punk, metal, indie and hip hop gigs most weekends. There's also a cool record store and rooftop bar here.

Stadium in South Jakarta

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Indonesia's largest stadium was completed in 1962. Since then it's had a few rebuildings and is presently used for football matches – especially by visiting European teams – and performances by popular groups...

Live Music in Yogyakarta

Asmara Art & Coffee Shop

It calls itself an art and coffee shop, but this split-level grungy venue is more like a restaurant and bar. Frequent live bands play here from 9pm. Regulars include a really good reggae band on Thursday, and...

Live Music in Yogyakarta

K Meals

A fairly standard pub, but worth dropping in for the live music. Bands play from 8pm and feature acoustic music on Mondays, the Top 40 on Tuesdays, classic rock on Wednesdays, the blues on Thursdays, and reggae...

Dance in Yogyakarta

Ramayana Ballet Purawisata

Nightly traditional dance performances of the Ramayana at 8pm, which go on for around 1½ hours. You can dine here and watch the show (600,000Rp). To watch the show without dinner, if booked a month in advance,...

Spectator Sport in Sumenep

Bull Races

Sumenep is a centre for champion bull breeding, and on most Saturday mornings bull races can be seen at the Giling stadium.

Cinema in Cikini & Menteng

Metropole XXI

Housed in a historic theatre (the oldest in Jakarta), this plush cinema with gold trim is worth a visit. It shows Western movies in English. There's a restaurant, coffee shop and snack bar.

Puppet Theatre in Yogyakarta

Sono-Budoyo Museum

Popular two-hour performances held most nights; the first half-hour involves the reading of the story in Javanese, so most travellers skip this and arrive later.

Live Music in South Jakarta

Motion Blue

Inside the swanky Fairmont hotel, this dark and cavernous venue hosts live jazz, pop, funk, world music, classical and more on a regular basis. You can order pizza, pasta and Indonesian dishes (from 85,000Rp to...

Puppetry in Semarang

TBRS Cultural Centre

For traditional entertainment, this leafy park (a former zoo) holds wayang orang theatre performances every Saturday from 7pm to midnight, and wayang kulit (shadow-puppet play) most Thursdays. It's worth checking...

Concert Venue in Jakarta

Aula Simfonia Jakarta

A huge and grand concert hall in a slightly removed location, this private facility is the work of Stephen Tong, a Chinese-American evangelist. The venue seats 1200 people and hosts regular classical musicians,...