SIPA Spectacular !!! City, Central Java has an international celebration. The program was called Solo International Performing Arts (SIPA). SIPA is an international-scale cultural arts event with performing arts ranging from dance, music, to theater this year again held in Solo, Central Java.
Please note, SIPA is an international performing arts performance which is a meeting room for performing artists from various cultural backgrounds.
Is an idea from Raden Ajeng Irawati Kusumorasri, an artist and dance correspondent who is also a dancer who remains the Mangkunegaran Palace of Surakarta Palace. SIPA is held by involving young generation of local artists so that they can become the vanguard of Indonesian cultural resilience.
At that time SIPA provided around five thousand seats for spectators who wanted to see the beautiful choreographic works displayed on a spectacular 33.7 meter stage. In addition to presenting traditional and modern performances, SIPA is also enlivened with batik bazaars, handicrafts, and typical Solo culinary products.

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In 2018, the Solo Performing Art event is more special. SIPA celebrates its ten years. One thing that distinguishes event calender event from previous years is SIPA only held for four hours per day, starting at 7:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. Especially the peak of the 2018 SIPA celebration will be held with a longer duration.
“SIPA is now up to seven hours for three days. Starting at 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., for three consecutive days, September 6-8 2018, at Vastenburg Fortress Solo,” said SIPA 2018 Public Relations, Henggar Ramadhana.
Another advantage of this 2018 SIPA can be summarized in three things.
First, the audience will be invited to dance together by Temon Holic Holobis Solo, a community in Solo which is a place for dance performance lovers with the accompaniment of koplo music, campursari, and other music with a rhythmic beat.

Second, the Flying Ballons Puppet show, a puppet theater group from Yogyakarta. The Flying Ballons Puppet formed by Rangga Dwi Apriadinnur in 2015 is the result of the laboratory laboratory class in the Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta. At SIPA 2018, Flying Ballons Puppets will showcase the single work of Sori and Lembuna, the story of friendship between humans and stealth.
Third, the audience will be invited to watch as well as try to practice archery with Semut Ireng Pop Archery Sriwedari (SIPAS), a traditional archery community founded in 2015 and based in Sriwedari Park Solo.
After being entertained by three opening events, the audience was able to watch the performances of various domestic and foreign delegations on the stage in Vastenburg Fortress.
“For domestic delegations there are from Solo, Surabaya, Bandung, Jakarta, Palu, East Nusa Tenggara, and Papua,” Henggar said.

Delegates from Solo were Melati Suryodarmo, an international performance art artist, and Taksu Studio (Dance, Motion, Sound) which was formed in 1995. The delegation from Jakarta has a top drummer Gilang Ramadhan who will collaborate with Smiet Lalove, percussion musicians from Palu.
As for East Indonesia, there is an East Nusa Tenggara delegation that will present Bamboo Flute Dasarai Lamaknen and Boogie Papeda & Street Pass Community from the Papuan delegation. “Overseas delegates are Liene Roebana Dance Company (Netherlands), Stefano Fardeli (Italy), Filastine and Nova (Spain), Supa Kalulu (Zimbabwe), Chinese Youth Goodwill Association (Taiwan), and Capitol University Dance Troupe (Philippines). “These performances are free and open to the public,” said Henggar.

Before entering the peak of the SIPA celebration on September 6 – 8, the people of Solo and surrounding cities will also be entertained by SIPA Goes to Café and SIPA Goes to Campus on September 4-5. sIPA Goes to Café will feature Widya Ayu Kusumawardani and Tutut Tuty at Waroeng Kroepoek Solo, Diamond Café Solo, and Double Decker Solo Baru, Sukoharjo every night (19:00 and 21:00).
While SIPA Goes to Campus will hold a music concert at the Auditorium of Sebelas Maret University (UNS) Solo on Wednesday starting at 6:00 p.m.


The SIPA event is routinely held at Vastenburg Fortress, a Dutch fortress in the Gladak area, Surakarta City. This region has a high heritage value along with the history of the development of the City of Solo. Its location is also strategic because it is located in the middle of the city, Standing majestically on an area of ??31,553 meters, Vastenburg Fortress was built in 1774 at the behest of Governor General Baron Van Imhoff.
Solo city can be reached easily via land and air travel. In Solo, in addition to visiting Vastenburg Fortress, the venue for the event, you can also tour the Palace of Surakarta’s Kasunanan Palace or hunt for batik at the oldest batik center in Indonesia, Kampoeng Batik Kauman, or in Klewer Market to get a cheaper price.


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