This year’s festival sets out to discover who – and what – we are.
Mysticism in Indonesia is at the base of faith and can be largely found in many aspects of everyday life. During a trip to Berastagi, a mountain town at the foot of the active Sybayak volcano in northern Sumatra, we saw ultimate proof of that when we stumbled across a street ritual called reog ponorogo. It is a form of entranced dancing that made its way to north Sumatra from central Java, carried by migrant workers who resettled into the western part of the archipelago. Volatile and mesmerising, it was truly a powerful sight to behold.
At the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, an artist collective mixes local issues with DIY art – the punk rock way.
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Running since 2010, first as a newsletter before it evolved to its current state, Penang Monthly seeks to be the voice of Penang and an aspiring read for the curious Malaysian. Publishing articles concerning the well-being and good folks of Penang, we also run interesting national – and occasionally regional – analysis on politics, economy, culture and society.