JIEXPO reaches out to meetings, entertainment events

Jakarta will gain a new convention centre and theatre when Jakarta International EXPO Kemayoran’s (JIEXPO) expansion completes in a year’s time.

The new seven-storey facility, simply named JIEXPO Convention Center and Theater, will complement the existing JIEXPO Kemayoran exhibition facilities, enabling the venue to attract more conferences, concerts and theatre performances.

A rendering of the expansion

It will house a grand ballroom for 2,600 people which can be split into three smaller function rooms; a junior ballroom for 800 people which can be divided into two meeting rooms; and 21 meeting rooms across levels five and six, all of which come equipped with built-in screens and speakers.

The new venue will also boast the biggest fully set-up theatre in Indonesia, with seating for 2,500 guests.

Other facilities at JIEXPO Convention Center and Theater include a bonded warehouse, two loading docks, a main kitchen and satellite kitchens on every level with the ability to cater more than 5,000 meals a day.

Simon Lomas, general manager of JIEXPO Convention Center and Theater, said: “We have a lot of exhibition spaces, but with the new facilities we can bring in meetings, conferences and social events such as theatre (performances).

“The (new theatre) is big enough for world-class musicals like Mama Mia!The Lion KingWicked the Musical that does tours – but (these musicals) do not stop in Indonesia because the country does not have theatres with the right capacity.”

Lomas opined that the expanded JIEXPO Kemayoran will be a destination for business and leisure.

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