Art & Music . Culture
Explore classical Javanese dance at the Soerya Soemirat Dance Workshop, located at the Prangwedanan Hall of Mangkunegara Palace in Solo. Founded by GPH Herwasto Kusumo in 1982, this dance studio teaches adults and children traditional Solonese and courtly Pura Mangkunegaran dances. Imagine yourself part of Solo's royal court as you practice the intricate hand movements, subtle head turns and graceful steps! On Wednesday mornings starting from 9.30 am until midday, there are rehearsals that are open for visitors to attend.
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House of Danar Hadi
Discover the beauty and history of batik at the House of Danar Hadi museum complex, which was founded to preserve and advance the art of batik in Indonesia as part of the nation's cultural legacy. Located in the stunning late 19th century Dalem Wuryoningratan, the museum showcases the importance of batik in Indonesia, the process of creating this precious textile and its re-emergence in the contemporary lifestyle, seamlessly integrated into daily dress codes. Walk from room to room and be mesmerized by each different collection, including an incredible number of antique batiks. Learn about the distinctive motifs, patterns, and influences that are unique to each region. The complex also features an elegant boutique showcasing some of the city's finest batik prints and a traditional Indonesian restaurant named “Soga”, set in an exquisite early colonial-era building.