Updated every week—last update was on 14 October 2023.
ROUTINE EVENTS in Solo
TRADITIONAL MARKET DAYS (Pasaran)
see worldwide time chart below in order to figure time differences if live times are involved.
Sunday Wage 15 October (last day of Javanese lunar month of MULUD)
Monday Kliwon 16 October (1st day of Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Tuesday Legi 17 October (Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Wednesday Paing 18 October (Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Thursday Pon 19 October (Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Friday Wage 20 October (Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Uyon-uyon Muryararas, Pakualaman Yogyakarta
Saturday Kliwon 21 October (Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Ki Purbo Asmoro performing in Sragen
Sunday Legi 22 October (Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Monday Paing 23 October (Javanese lunar month of BAKDA-MULUD)
Javanese Traditional Market 5–day week:
Kliwon, Legi, Paing, Pon, Wagé
Javanese Lunar Months in order from January 2023:
JUMADIL AKIR—just a typical month in terms of the performing arts world (end of Dec 2022 – 22 Jan 2023), rainy season, things will be a little busier this year though, as it is during school holidays and Western calendar New Year
REJEB: a somewhat busy month as Ruwah and Pasa which come next are more ascetic in nature (23 Jan 2023 – 20 Feb 2023), rainy season
RUWAH: a month in which many Javanese honor their ancestors at gravesites, numerous special wayang performances take place—especially in the villages and particularly in Klaten (21 Feb 2023 – 22 March 2023), rainy season
PASA: the fasting month, very few official ceremonies like weddings etc, and most routine rehearsals will take a break, but the musicians and dhalang like to keep busy so there can be a surprising amount going on that is last minute, especially in the second half of the month (23 March 2023 –20 April 2023), rainy season coming to a close
SAWAL: a very busy month for post-fasting celebrations across towns and villages (21 April 2023 – 20 May 2023), dry season
SELA: “sela” means break or rest and this month is a break between two very busy months (21 May 2023 – 18 June 2023), dry season. It probably will not be a rest or break month this year, as it falls during the end of the school-year and beginning of vacation performances in Java.
BESAR: the busiest month for weddings (19 June 2023 – 18 July 2023), probably even more busy in 2023 as it falls during the dry season and school holidays.
SURA: the lunar new year, considered a solemn and slightly tricky/dangerous/auspicious month, many traditional artists conduct ascetic exercises (19 July 2023 – 16 August 2023)
SAPAR: a busy month for weddings (17 August 2023 – 15 Sept 2023)—NOTE: from 17 August to 31 August is the season for Indonesian Independence Day celebrations, often including gamelan and wayang performances
MULUD: the month in which the SEKATEN gamelan and ceremonies take place (16 Sept 2023 – 15 Oct 2023), rainy season has usually started
BAKDA MULUD—just a typical month in terms of the performing arts world (16 Oct 2023 – 14 Nov 2022), rainy season
JUMADIL AWAL—just a typical month in terms of the performing arts world (15 Nov 2023 – 13 Dec 2023), rainy season
JUMADIL AKIR—just a typical month in terms of the performing arts world (14 Dec 2023 – first half of Jan 2024), rainy season, things get a little busier as it is during school holidays and Western calendar New Year
All the links here will be available for the foreseeable future well after the performance date and time. You rarely have to watch something live/in the moment anymore these days, although the live experience allows for chatting and a more communal experience, of course. I still get a lot of people writing to me with things like: “Oh, so sorry I missed that…” but in fact you can almost always go back to the link at any time, or come in late and “rewind” back to the beginning. Most live streamers keep their links up for good.
But in case you’d like to watch live and in the moment, here is a guide to times:
The YOGYA KRATON monthly broadcast every TUESDAY WAGE EVE:
Karaton Ngayogyakarta’s monthly UYON-UYON and DANCE broadcast
The PAKU ALAMAN monthly broadcast every SATURDAY KLIWON EVE:
Uyon–uyon Pakualaman Klenengan
[Apologies that this site cannot be “everyone’s site”—this is a place where I share events I myself am planning on going to or listening in on, and that I hear about. There is a lot else going on, so keep your eyes and ears on social media!]