14 February 2010 Chinese New Year, Pontianak Besides visiting their families during Lunar New Year, Chinese Pontianakians take to the city streets, to enjoy dragon and lion dances around the city’s atmospheric Chinese temples. Then on the 15th day, visitors from around the region travel to nearby Singkawang, for its annual Cap Go Meh festival.
22-24 January 2010 South to South Film Festival, Jakarta This year’s South to South Film Festival promises movies with environmental issues to the fore. Also in the line-up will be discussions and exhibitions in the Goethe Institut and CCF Salemba. www.stosfestival.org
15-17 January 2010 Jakarta Mega Wedding Festival Before walking down the aisle, bring your loved one to the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran for an array of floral selections, a slice of wedding cake and to test drive your perfect bridal gown.
16 February 2010 Placebo in Concert, Jakarta Istora Senayan Jakarta will host London-based indie rock band Placebo’s first foray to Indonesia’s capital. It is the lads’ only tour stop in Asia, so grab a ticket for your chance to sing along to ‘Every You Every Me’, ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Pure Morning’. www.javamusikindo.com
31 March - 4 April 2010 Bali Spirit Festival Yoga practitioners, music fans and dance enthusiasts alike gather in Bali for the 3rd annual Bali Spirit. Ubud hosts international guests including yogi Mark Whitwell, dance teachers Sofia Thom and a handful of world musicians. www.balispiritfestival.com
5 - 7 March 2010 Java Jazz Festival 2010, Jakarta Jakarta’s biggest music festival returns with a new venue in Kemayoran’s Jakarta International Expo. Fresh faces like Adele and Corrine Bailey Rae will compliment international music maestros such David Foster, Babyface and BB King. www.javajazzfestival.com
22 February 2010 Bunkasai Festival, Pekanbaru Grab a chance to visit Riau University’s Faculty of Japanese Literature for its one-day cultural fair, held on campus. Guests can try their hand at hiragana writing, take part in the origami challenge - then dress up wild for the cosplay, or costume-play, competition.