Sekaten takes the viewer to Central Java, where the old world and the new are colliding and creating interesting images and sounds. Sekaten is a popular festival marking the birth of the Islamic prophet Mohammed. It is the only time that gamelan Sekaten is played, a cosmic and ancient form of music unlike any other in the world. Sekaten is an art film as much as it is a documentary. It doesn't tell, it shows; there is no narration. It attempts to put the viewer in the perspective of someone experiencing the Sekaten festival for the first time, leaving a sense of curiosity, and desire to learn more about Javanese culture.