Australia Indonesia Arts Alliance
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Program of Events

Sat 11 June

Opening Ceremony Inspirasi Indonesian Arts Festival -

Celebrating 50,000 Years of Peace between Australia and Indonesia

The Opening Ceremony was launched by Mr Greg Vickery Hon. Consul for Qld on June 11 @ Byron Bay Community Theatre. The program included:

  • Inspirasi Film Festival
  • Portraits of Love Photographic Exhibition coordinated by Kirana Talip
  • Fashion parade - presented by Ibu Vera Kos Indonesia Dance Group Gold Coast
  • Music & Dance performances - by Obek Junaedi and Jaemmy Basirudin
  • Indonesian Feast - by Ibu Nina, Ibu Mimin and Ibu Anita

    Inspirasi Film Festival thanks:
    Faiza Mardoeki - Indonesian Corner, Sue Piper - Wot Cross Cultural Synergy, National Film Video Lending Service - Screensound and Boemboe. Many thanks and apologies also to Bendera (The Flag) by Nan Achnas and And the Moon Dances by Garin Nugoroho which unfortunatety were not able to be shown due to technical difficulties and time contraints. Many thanks to the directors of the following films which were shown at the festival opening:

  • Ketok by Tintin Wulia
  • Rebuilding Our Lives by Konfiden
  • Breadwinner by Tjintana Matahari
  • 3022984 by Johan Marais-Piper
  • Through the Kebaya by Victoria Cattoni
  • Legong by Henry de La Falaise

THE PORTRAITS OF LOVE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION IS NOW ON SHOW AT BYRON CINEMAS FROM 20 JUNE-17 JULY - An exquisite Expression of Love Between Australia and Indonesia as seen through the portraits of our Australian-Indonesian children and families in Byron Shire and in Ubud, Bali - coordinated by Kirana Talip.

Every Tuesday is Worksop Day !

1 June - 11 July

@ St. Finbarrs School, Byron



Salendro Gamelan Classes for Adults – learn the beautiful meditative music of West Java – to be performed at Inspirasi Festival Finale Peace Pole Park on Sunday 17 July presented by Dharma Bradridge.


Free Balinese Kecak Workshops for adults and children – Bpk Nyoman Suma and Ibu Sri from the Balinese Community Gold Coast present a series of free workshops in Balinese Kecak Dance – world famous Balinese Dance Extravaganza - in preparation for the first ever performance of Kecak in Byron @Byron Arts Factory and Buddha Bar on Saturday 16 July @ 8pm. All Welcome!

Many Thanks to our sponsor Regional Arts NSW

1-2-3 July

  • 48 Hours of Visual Arts - this year, the annual arts event presented: panel discussions, DVD presentations, seminars and workshops from leading artists and professional members of the regional, national and international visual arts community.
  • Highlights included:
    • Heri Dono - Indonesia’s foremost contemporary multimedia artist from Jogjakarta.
    • Agung Rai - Internationally renowned Director of Agung Rai Gallery and ARMA Foundation, Ubud.
    • Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
    • artist Zen Player, AIAA's cultural ambassador to Bali.
  • Visit for more information.

4-16 July

@ Byron Arts Factory Gallery

Heri Dono Collaboration

  • Wayang Kulit and Performance Art with Heri Dono - including construction and performance. Will conclude with magical performances accompanied by gamelan at Main Beach Park, Byron Bay on 17 July.

  • Mr Dono's visit is sponsored by the Australia Indonesia Institute.

Sat 9 July

  • Indonesian Music Night

Sun 10 July


  • Efen Jaenudin and Bamboo

Sun 10 July


  • Efen Jaenudin, Salendro Gamelan, Bamboo - Indonesian music spectacular

Thurs 14 July
@ Rice Restaurant, Brunswick Heads


  • Efen and Jambu Jam

Sat 16 July

@ Byron Arts Factory and Buddha Bar, Byron Bay

12 noon 'til late

Inspirasi Festival Day

  • The Indonesian Arts Camp and Gamelan Gathering - will celebrate Indonesian culture through workshops, performances, music jamming and collaboration between local and visiting musicians, dancers and artists, including peformance art/shadow puppet/multi-media conducted by visiting, internationally acclaimed multi media artist Heri Dono, gamelan music wokshops, mask making, visual arts collaboration, installations etc, fire performance etc.
  • Performances at the Buddha Bar include:










Dance Studio





Rhythm Hunters - Sumatran Music Workshop


Alfira O'Sullivan - Sumatran Dance Workshop


Neighbours - Who Needs Them ? A public forum about Australia-Indonesia frienship



Indonesian Festival Dinner


Efen Jaenudin and Tim Shanasy - Bamboo flute and Piano




Kecak - Balinese Monkey Dance


Poco Poco & Saman - Traditional Indonesian Dances


Rhythm Hunters and Alfira O'Sullivan


Swara Naga - Gamelan Jam - accompanied by Sumatralia - slide show by Andy Baker




Andy Holmes - Indonesian and World Electronica


Bamboo - featuring Efen Jaenudin

Visual and Performing artists who have so far expressed interest at involvement include: Heri Dono (Jogjakarta); Gamelan Giri Jaya Toowoomba; Firman Djamil (Sulawesi); Balinese Dancers Gold Coast; Indonesian Dance Group Gold Coast; Swara Naga Gamelan Armidale; Rhythm Hunters; Efen Jaenudin (Bandung-Sambasunda); Dodik Darmani (Canberra); Obek Junaedi (Sydney); Novo Ksatria Newcastle; Bamboo; Yaya Suriadi (Bandung); Rudi Mukhram (Bandung-Sambasunda); Virginia Jones; Alfira O'Sullivan (Sydney) Morgan and many more.…

Many thanks to our Major Sponsors Byron Arts Factory and Buddha Bar

Sun 17 July

@ Peace Pole Park, Main Beach Byron

Inspirasi Festival Finale
  • Children's Festival - Workshops in Indonesian Dance, shadow puppets, martial arts and more, all afternoon.

  • Performances scheduled for the afternoon include:



Gathering at Peace Pole

12 noon

Balinese Procession - Costume, music, dance


St Finbarrs Children's Gamelan


Barong & Rangda Dance - Spirits of Good and Evil


Byron Salendro Gamelan


Alfira O'Sullivan and Friends - Sumatran Dance


Rhythm Hunters - Sumatran/Japanese Taiko Drumming


Indonesian Dance Group - Gold Coast


Efen Jaenudin & Friends


Heri Dono - Shadow Puppets / Performance Art Spectacular



Also, delicious Indonesian food, markets and information stalls.

Sun 17 July

@ Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, 4pm

Performance of Contemporary Fusion Gamelan by Australia's foremost Contemporary Gamelan Group - Gamelan Swara Naga led by Professor of Ethnomusicology David Goldworthy UNE, featuring composer Kym Hall and Efen Jaenudin from internationally renowned World Music group Sambasunda (WOMAD)


thank you to our major sponsors:

thank you to our following supporters:

  • Australia Indonesia Institute
  • Regional Arts NSW
  • BETC
  • DEWR
  • Arts Factory Village
  • Buddha Ba
  • Byron Designworks
  • Beach Hotel and Garuda Airlines.
  • Bay FM Community Radio, Indonesian Corner - Faiza Mardzoeki, Sue Piper, Suara Indonesia.

further supporters:

  • Thai@Byron
  • Lois Lane Shoes
  • Byron Direct Sport
  • Body Temple
  • Mother Art
  • Byron Cinemas
  • Byron Shire Echo and Santos.

Above Right: pictured Heri Dono and Cynthia Webb at APT4

NB: Final details of the Program are subject to change. Please check back with this web site for changes.