Gamelan workshop chimes in for World Orangutan Day

Gamelan, the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia will be shared in a workshop on Sunday the 18th of August. Gamelan is made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments used are metallophones played by mallets and a set of hand-played drums called kendhang which register the beat. 

The free workshop will be lead by Dharma Bradridge and is suitable for children and adults, aged eight and above.

Event Details
Date: Sunday 18th of August
Time: 3.30 to 5.30pm

Venue: Byron Community College, 8 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby NSW. 

The workshop will cater for 8- 10 people participating per. We can have 20 people over the two hours

Please register your interest: Reserve your place in the workshop by emailing [email protected]

The workshop aims to increased awareness, understanding and experience of Indonesian music and culture and is sponsored by the Australian Indonesian Arts Alliance (AIAA). Judy Shelley from AIAA NSW North Coast Branch traveled to Bandung in West Java where the instruments were waiting to be transported to Australia. “Our gamelan is called Salendro Gamelan from Bandung West Java. The culture of West Java is called Sunda. Sundanese gamelan is considered a spiritual healing form of gamelan played with gentle soothing style” said Judy.

Indonesian food stall from 3.30 pm to 8 pm

The workshop will be followed by a special event; Rescuing Orangutans and Saving Rainforest with guests from the Orangutan Information Centre. Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founding Director and award-winning environmentalist, and Nayla Azmi, Communications Officer, will share their incredible work in a special interactive event. 

Learn how the Orangutan Information Center, an incredible Indonesian NGO is making a huge difference in northern Sumatra through their conservation and community development work in and around the Leuser Ecosystem, one of our most biodiverse ecosystems, that includes the planting of 1.7 million trees.

The Leuser Ecosystem is also known as ‘The Last Place on Earth’, as it’s the only remaining place where Sumatran Orangutans, Elephants, Tigers, Rhinos and Sun Bears still share the same habitat.

Book now and go in the running for the special door prize.

The Rainforest 4 Foundation thanks the Australian Indonesian Arts Alliance and especially Judy Shelly for her organisation and Dharma Bradridge for leading the workshop.


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