The Festival of Light is on at the National Monument in Jakarta from Aug. 15 to 23. (JG Photo/Nur Yasmin)
Jakarta Lights Up for Independence Day
BY : NUR YASMIN
AUGUST 16, 2019
Jakarta. Jakartans will be able to enjoy a new attraction in the capital as part of Independence Day celebrations being held throughout the country: the Festival of Light, an exhibition of historical dioramas lit up with neons at the National Monument in Central Jakarta.
The festival is part of Monas Week 2019 and uses the latest lighting technology to create neon-lit figures and scenes, including the Prince of Jayakarta, the founder of Jakarta, and Indonesia's founding fathers Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta.
"We'll have DJs every night. And taking photos, including selfies, is actually encouraged here," the National Monument's manager Munjirin said on Wednesday.
The Festival of Light is on every night from Aug. 15 to 23 from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m., except on Monday when it is closed for maintenance.
"We hope the festival will encourage more Jakartans to visit Monas. It's a great place to visit and it's right in the middle of the city," Munjirin said.
A special video mapping performance with an Independence Day theme was held on Aug. 18.
"It was a special light show called 'Light Up Indonesia,'" Munjirin said.
The Festival of Light could soon be a regular event at the National Monument, which could feel a little deserted at night. If all goes to plan, it will be held every six months.
Aware that Jakartans might wonder if the city has enough power for an elaborate light show, Munjirin said they have several standby generators at the ready, just in case.
Instagrammers should come to the festival during the special shows, when the whole park around the monument is lit up in neon colors. Here's the schedule:
First Show: 6.30-6.55 p.m.
Second Show: 8.00-8.25 p.m.
Final Show: 9.00-9.25 p.m.