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.
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 King, Wicked 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.