Top Choice 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 coupl…
Dance in Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet

Held at the outdoor theatre just west of the main Prambana temple complex, the famous Ramayana Ballet is Java’s most spectacular dance-drama. The story of Rama and Sita takes place three nights a week on Tuesday, Th…
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 before…
Live Music in Yogyakarta

Asmara Art & Coffee Shop

It calls itself an art and coffee shop, but this split-level joint feels like a restaurant and bar with frequent live bands from 9pm. Regulars include a really good reggae band on Thursdays and there's a fun, mixed …
Puppet Theatre in Yogyakarta

Sasono Hinggil

Most of the tourist centres, hotels etc offer shortened versions for tourists, but here in the alun-alun of the kraton, marathon all-night performances are held every second Saturday of the month from 9pm to 5am. Br…
Puppet Theatre in Yogyakarta

Sono-Budoyo Museum

Popular two-hour performances nightly from 8pm to 10pm; the first half-hour involves the reading of the story in Javanese, so most travellers skip this and arrive later.
Dance in Yogyakarta

Ramayana Ballet Purawisata

Nightly traditional dance performances of the Ramayana at 8pm, which goes for around 1½ hours. You can dine here and watch the show (420,000Rp).
Jazz in South Jakarta

Motion Blue

A rather dark and cavernous venue, this hotel lounge is one of the few places in Jakarta where you're likely to find live jazz on a regular basis. You can order French fusion dishes (from 100,000Rp). Besides the mus…
Concert Venue in Jakarta

Aula Simfonia Jakarta

A huge and striking concert hall in a slightly removed location, this private facility is the work of Stephen Tong, a Chinese-American evangelist. About once weekly there is a classical music performance, augmented …
Live Music in Yogyakarta

K Meals

A fairly stock-standard pub but worth dropping in for its live music from Tuesday to Saturday nights. Bands start from 8pm, with normally blues on Thursdays and reggae on weekends.