In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia (MOTCE), KC Global Media announced the launch of new original television and digital series titled AXN Ultimate Challenge Indonesia, premiering on 25th November at 8:30 pm., SGT (7:30 p.m., JKT) on the leading English-language general entertainment channel, AXN Asia and streaming worldwide on its official YouTube channel starting 27th November.
Hosted by Richard Kyle, the six-part multimedia series stars award-winning Indonesian Celebrities, actor and singer-songwriter Afgansyah Reza (aka Afgan) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and London’s Royal College of Music graduate, Isyana Sarasvati – the award-winning singer who sang the Indonesian soundtrack A Whole New World, for the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin. The pair and their respective travel partners Reza Chandika (#TeamAfgan) and Rara Sekar (#TeamIsyana), will take global audiences on an ultimate journey, including epic adventures and heart-pounding challenges as they experience and capture the social media worthy sights and sounds of Indonesia’s stunning island destinations – Labuan Bajo (known for the Komodo National Park, snorkelling points and flying fox bats), Mandalika in Lombok (known for thrilling racing circuits, water parks and water sports activities), and Bali (without a doubt every traveller’s favourite getaway beach destination).
George Chien, Co-founder, President and CEO of KC Global Media Asia said, “The series demonstrates AXN Asia’s continued commitment to Asian original productions across multimedia platforms to put Asian personalities and destinations in the spotlight. Indonesia is one of the Asian countries with diverse landscapes and cultures, offering exciting and unique adventures. Our partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia provides us with greater opportunities to showcase the picturesque sceneries of Indonesia, as viewers follow Afgan and Isyana to explore the magnificent islands and cultural insights while performing ultimate challenges in their adventure.”
Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia said, “We hope that through AXN Ultimate Challenge Indonesia we can introduce the top destinations in Indonesia, in particular Labuan Bajo, Mandalika and Bali. Labuan Bajo, the entrance to see the Komodo, the largest lizard in the world and where you can also enjoy a live-on-board experience to get around Komodo National Park. Many activities can be experienced here such as trekking, snorkeling, and diving. Not far from Labuan Bajo and Bali, we have Mandalika. A place where there is a stretch of soft white sand and at the same time a surfing beach with the beauty of coral cliffs. Besides that, Mandalika also has the unique culture of the Sasak Sade Tribe, we can experience firsthand the life of the Lombok people and don’t forget to buy Sasak traditional woven cloth, tenun. Finally, Bali, who doesn’t know Bali? Known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty where you can enjoy a lot of activities here from adventure, culinary and its enchanting culture. You can also try exciting activities such as surfing, flyboarding and paragliding. From here you can see many ways to enjoy the beauty of Indonesian beaches. Wonderful Indonesia awaits you to feel your wonderful experience.”
Each episode promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats as Afgan and Isyana, alongside their travel partners, are pushed past their comfort zones through challenges that put their minds, brawn, and social media prowess to the test. In the process, discover the incredibly diverse cultures, mouthwatering gastronomic delights, and magnificent wonders of nature that Indonesia has to offer. From exploring the iconic Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo to flyboarding at Tanjung Benoa Beach to paragliding in Nusa Dua, Bali; fans may relive their fondest memories of Indonesia across land, sea and sky with Afgan and Isyana and be entertained by non-stop drama, action, and adventure
In conjunction with the show’s premiere, AXN Asia and local Instagram communities @CameraIndonesia (Indonesia), @InstaSG (Singapore), @IGersMalaysia (Malaysia), and @IGersManila (the Philippines) will unite to ignite the ultimate virtual “ASEAN Insta-meet”, a community-led social movement crowdsourcing ASEAN Instagrammers to share their point of view (POV) on a beloved memory of their favourite destination in Indonesia through the art of photography. One winning post with the most heart-warming memory will be selected from each country and the winning Instagrammer will be crowned as AXN Asia’s Ultimate Travel Insider of their country and awarded with DJI’s Pocket 2, the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera, perfect for capturing precious memories on trips around the world. The “ASEAN Insta-meet” social movement will commence from 25th November to 13th December and open to all Instagrammers residing in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Be sure to also tune in to AXN Asia’s Instagram account for unaired scenes from Afgan’s and Isyana’s unforgettable trip and discover the authentic heartwarming stories of tenacity and resilience of the everyday Indonesians they meet along the way.
AXN Ultimate Challenge Indonesia premieres on 25th November, with new episodes every Thursday and Friday on AXN Asia channel across Southeast Asia. Global fans may also catch the digital premiere every Saturday on AXN Asia’s YouTube channel from 27th November.