Balai Sarbini

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Balai Sarbini
General information
Type Concert/Convention Hall
Architectural style Post-war modernism
Location Setiabudi, South Jakarta, Jakarta
Address Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52, Jakarta 12930
Coordinates 6°13′11″S 106°48′52″E / 6.219754°S 106.814478°E / -6.219754; 106.814478Coordinates: 6°13′11″S 106°48′52″E / 6.219754°S 106.814478°E / -6.219754; 106.814478
Groundbreaking January 6, 1965
Opened March 11, 1973
Renovated 2004
Owner PT. Dome Semanggi Indonesia
Design and construction
Architect Ir. Moerdoko
Other information
Seating capacity 1,300 people including 46 VIP seats

Balai Sarbini (Indonesian "Sarbini Hall") is a dome-roofed auditorium and concert hall located in central Jakarta. The building was enveloped by the comprehensive shopping mall, The Plaza Semanggi.[1][2]


Balai Sarbini and the adjacent Gedung Veteran (Veteran's Building), also known as the Graha Purna Yudha tower, were built by President Sukarno in 1965 for the Veterans’ Legion of Indonesia (LVRI) that was established by Sukarno in 1957 to look after the interests of veterans who had fought against foreign aggression to maintain Indonesia's independence. This initially meant for those who were involved in the 1945-1949 guerilla war against the Netherlands, although later also included the campaign for Irian Jaya (1961-1963) and the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation (1963-1966).[3]

President Sukarno laid the first stone for Balai Sarbini and Gedung Veteran on January 6, 1965. Funding shortages delayed the project until 1973 when it was opened by President Suharto on March 11, 1973. The architect of the building was Ir. Moerdoko. The name Sarbini was named after Lieutenant General Sarbini (1914-1977) who was in charge of the Ministry of Veteran Affairs and head of the LVRI when the original building project began.[3]

In 2000, after revitalization phase which does not change the structure and the condition of the building, Balai Sarbini appears with “new face”. It is not only historic monumental building but also the most representative place in Jakarta to hold cultural activities. Furthermore, it can also generate revenues for Indonesia.[citation needed]

To enhance its performance as a center for cultural activities, the management of Balai Sarbini invited audio consultants to upgrade the acoustic system inside the Main Hall.[citation needed]

On February 23, 2004, President Megawati Soekarnoputri signed a plaque commemorating inauguration of the new Balai Sarbini. From this point of time, Indonesians expect that Balai Sarbini would become the most preferred place for Indonesia's art–lovers and performers to hold their activities.[citation needed]


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