Setia Darma House of Mask & Puppets
The House of Masks and Puppets was initiated by Mr. Hadi Sunyoto, a businessman and cultural enthusiast, who has been collecting masks and puppets from different regions in Indonesia for the past years. Concerned with the lack of appreciation and awareness towards the disappearing traditional art form of masks and puppets in Indonesia, he decided to create a space to collect, preserve and spread the knowledge of the art form of masks and puppets. As a result, the House of Masks and Puppets was built in 2006.
The use of the word house for the space is used to signify the space as a place for activities, just like a house is. Although it has been a private cultural space, access to the space and its collection has been made available to the public. Since its opening, therefore, several exhibitions and activities have been held on a regular basis.
The House of Masks and Puppets is located within more than ten thousand square meters area. It consists of four exhibition spaces, an open field, a tropical Balinese garden and a performance stage. The area is available for hire and is suitable for different purposes, including performances, trainings, family/school/group outings, and filming.