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Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries Host Major Indonesian Music Festival

Free Public Festival Features Music, Dance, Film, Workshops

Media only: Allison Peck, 202.633.0447
Megan Krefting 202-633-0271; kreftingm@si.edu

Online: asia.si.edu/press

October 25, 2013

More than a hundred musicians, dancers and scholars from Indonesia and around the world will congregate in Washington this weekend for “Performing Indonesia: A Conference and Festival of Music, Dance, and Drama,” Oct. 31–Nov. 3, at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The four-day festival includes elaborately staged evening performances of music, dance, drama and shadow puppetry, daylong “Gamelan Marathons” and an academic conference on Indonesian music, all highlighting variations on Indonesia’s performing arts, from the traditional to the experimental.  

Visitors can also join family workshops on shadow puppetry and dance, meet the director at a screening of the Gamelan-inspired film Opera Jawa, discover a contemporary art installation called the “Gamelatron” and experience the “Réog Ponorogo,” a traditional dance with a 4-foot-tall lion mask.

All events are free and open to the public; free tickets are required for the evening concerts. Indonesian food will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday. The performances Thursday, Oct. 31, and Friday, Nov. 1, begin at 7:30 p.m. The festival hours for Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Performing Indonesia” is a joint presentation of the Freer and Sackler galleries and the Embassy of Indonesia.
A full schedule of events and program descriptions are available online. Any filming, photography and interview requests must be coordinated through pressasia@si.edu.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, located at 1050 Independence Avenue S.W., and the adjacent Freer Gallery of Art, located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue S.W., are on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day (closed Dec. 25), and admission is free. The galleries are located near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information about the Freer and Sackler galleries and their exhibitions, programs and other public events, visit www.asia.si.edu. For general Smithsonian information, call (202) 633-1000.

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As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.