Balai Budaya Jakarta: The Forgotten Art Center


Balai Budaya Jakarta or Jakarta Cultural Center is located on Jalan Gereja Theresia No 47, Gondangdia, Central Jakarta.

The Jakarta Cultural Center was established in the 1950s. At the time, the Jakarta Cultural Center became the starting point of the creative journey of major great artists of Indonesian arts. In 1960 until 1970, many great artists showcase their work at the Jakarta Cultural Center Jakarta. Examples of such famous artists are Affandi, Popo Iskandar, Hardi, Sudjoyono, and much more.

The legendary drama of the WS Rendra Theatre was also staged at the Jakarta Cultural Center. That said, even Affandi has made Jakarta Cultural Center as his “home” and has produced a lot of great work in this building.

A number of famous artists, such as Gunawan Muhammad, Sutardji Chalzoum and Nugroho Notosusanto, also frequently performs and holds discussions at the Jakarta Cultural Center Jakarta. It is no wonder that the Jakarta Cultural Central is known as the barometer of art and culture in Jakarta.

How to get here (see the route map):

From Juanda go to platform 2 and take the Blue Line/Red Line heading to Bekasi/Depok/Bogor the stop at Gondangdia and take a 11 minutes walk to the South

From Cikini go to platform 1 and take the Blue Line/Red Line heading to Jakarta Kota then stop at Gondangdia and take a 11 minutes walk to the South

From Tanah Abang go to platform 3 and take Yellow Line heading to Depok/Nambo/Bogor and stop at Manggarai and change to platform 3/5 and take the Blue Line/Red Line heading to Jakarta Kota then stop at Gondangdia and take a 11 minutes walk to the South

From Sudirman go to platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Nambo/Bogor and stop at Manggarai and change to platform 3/5 and take the Blue Line/Red Line heading to Jakarta Kota then stop at Gondangdia and take a 11 minutes walk to the South

For a map illustration, click here, or see the map below.

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