Sunday, 20 August 2017

Setan Jawa: A Silent Movie with Live Gamelan Orchestra, directed by Garin Nugroho

Setan Jawa: A Silent Movie with Live Gamelan Orchestra.

Sunday, 10 September 2017, 7pm-9pm
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ.

"If a single word could sum up the world première of Setan Jawa, it would be ‘bewitching’… Setan Jawa drew much applause from its enraptured audience; it is a shame that it showed for just one night only." Australian Book Review

Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho’s latest masterpiece is a silent dance film in black and white, accompanied live by the exquisite gamelan compositions of Rahayu Supanggah. The film is set at the beginning of the 20th century, and is a Javanese take on the classic Faustian legend of a pact made with the devil (setan) in order to gain riches and love.

Inspired by the classic horror film Nosferatu and the rich imagery of Javanese mythology, Setan Jawa is a silent film of lavish and arresting imagery directed by Indonesia's most internationally praised director. The stunning score has been created during an extensive and insightful period of exchange between Australian and Indonesian musicians, with theatrical heavy-hitter Grandage joining forces with Supanggah, best known in Melbourne for scoring Robert Wilson's majestic I La Galigo.

This event marks the culmination of the 5-day London Gamelan Festival.

Book your free tickets here:

Performance sponsored by Ministry of Education And Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.



Australian Book Review:


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Best of Summer (1): Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

So far, Summer 2017 is full of fun. And of of the best events was Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the annual cultural event, 10-13 August.

On the first day, we went to Ashton Court for Night Glow show. And on the last day, we went to Clifton Observatory, near the legendary Suspension Bridge, to see tens of balloon.
Some pictures:
Night Glow

The dancing Balloons

The Princess and her companion, off to Clifton Observatory

The Princess, waiting for the Balloons

enjoying the view

Suspension Bridge and the Balloons

Happy Faces
First Day, Off to the Ashton Court, say hi to the Deers
Waiting for the Balloons and Night Glow

The Three of Us

and of course the video:

See you next year, Balloon Fiesta!
Don't forget to read our tips on how to enjoy the festival, click here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Tips How to Enjoy Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

What a night! 
We just went and enjoyed 38th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. And It was brilliant.
But, to be more enjoyable, I think I need to share our experiences during the legendary Night Glow.

tips to go to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta: 
(1) everything is expensive, bring your own food and drink 
2) just in case you need it, bring some cash, the cash machines will cost you £2.75. There are many games and even circus show in the venue
3) even if it is sunny and the sun is very bright when you are about to get there, bring your jacket, the thicker one. And if necessary, blankets. The best part of this event starts at 9pm (for night glow event)
4)the shuttle bus is more
expensive than the regular bus tickets. Even if you have your daily/weekly/monthly bus tickets and a student, you need to upgrade it by paying £2. There are some regular buses who can take you there, just stop near Ashton Gate Stadium
5) on the second thought, at least buy a single ticket of shuttle bus to get you home. The queue is crazy and super hectic, and the public buses dont regular pass the area.Or, take taxi?
(6) if you watch night glow: if finally the fireworks appear, leave the area immediately or you will return home with hundreds of people and will face chaotic queue in the parking lot and bus stop.
(7) bring your mat and cushion, too.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Want to Buy a Bicycle for your Kids? Go to this Place!

If you plan to give your kids a bicycle, or want to exchange the bike, go to The White Factory. It is a non-commercial place to buy, exchange, donate, or fix bike with a super duper cheap price.
To buy the used bike, it is just 10 pounds. To exchange your bike with their used bikes (with various kind of options), it is only 5 pounds. To buy the stabilizer or training wheels, it's 3 pounds.

Cheap price, friendly staff, and the bikes are in good condition!

The Whie Factore, 18 Netham Road, St. George, Bristol BS5 9PF
More info, please see the brochure below:

Info, from: Pak Riki, Bristol.