Initially scheduled for 2020, the second edition of JIPFest had to be shifted to 2021 due to the pandemic. Under strict health protocols, the festival was officiated by the Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria and ran from 13-28 November 2021 at the historic sites around Jakarta Old Town. 

In 16 days, JIPFest 2021 featured 13 programs, 48 ​​events and 29 guest stars. Four venues were used: MULA Kotatua, Historia Food & Bar, Candra Naya and Novotel Jakarta Gajah Mada.

Public lecture by Alain Compost, a legendary wildlife photographer. (Photo: Leonardo Agustin/JIPFest)

Public enthusiasm were felt throughout the festival. Despite various restrictions, including vaccine requirements for visitors and limitations in venues’ capacities, the second edition of JIPFest managed to attract 8,662 visitors, or an average of 540 visitors per day.

The festival managed to unite people of various backgrounds. The online booking system shows that local visitors came from 88 cities/districts in 26 provinces across Indonesia, while expatriate guests reside in eight countries, including South Africa, Norway, Singapore and Canada.

Jakarta Deputy Governor, Ahmad Riza Patria, and artist Edial Rusli during the photo exhibition at MULA Kotatua. (Photo: Leonardo Agustin/JIPFest)

According to the programs’ visitor data, Photo Exhibition was the most-visited. The next best-selling program were Photo Book Exhibition, followed by Discussion and Artist Talk.

JIPFest will return in 2022. In line with its format as a nomadic event, the third edition will take place in a different neighborhood in Jakarta. Its theme, Revival, reflects the global spirit to rise from the pandemic crisis.