I was in Taman Suropati in Menteng today… just walking around the neighborhood, one of the few areas of Jakarta with usable footpaths… not that I encountered a single other person doing such a bizarre activity such as “going on a walk.” I’m such a weirdo…
I happened upon the rehersals of the Taman Suropati Chamber… a group teaching kids, teenagers and adults how to play the violin in a collaborative environment, for really cheap fees. So there were loads of people with violins at the park. They were mostly beginners, so the music was rather squeaky at times… but it was a great thing to see for many reasons.
As someone who played an instrument (flute) growing up, I know we’ve all gotta start somewhere, so good on all these people for putting themselves out there to play in a public space! My little sister plays the violin, and after listening to her squeak and creak away for a few years, she told me the other day on the phone she’s currently learning a concerto… so it all pays off!
It was also just great to be in a park and to see the potential of the community spaces that Jakarta desperately needs more of.