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    Address: Jl. Gandapura III, no. 501X
    Kesiman Kertalangu
    Denpasar
    Bali - Indonesia
    Open 9 PM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
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    Mekar Bhuana

    A family founded centre, our vision is to document and reconstruct rare or extinct Balinese gamelan music and dance. We achieve this through research and study, then we educate through workshops, lessons and performances. Some people may think that Balinese gamelan and dance art-forms are well preserved because there are still many ceremonies in Bali; however, they are not looking at the details. Based on serious long-term research, we look at the details of Balinese gamelan music and dance and encourage others to see and appreciate these differences and the importance of documenting and reconstructing them for future generations.

    Our study programmes have been especially designed based on our extensive overseas teaching experience and knowledge to encourage awareness about the beauty and importance of these indigenous art-forms. Taking workshops and lessons with us supports our projects and research. These programmes also encourage participants to become more aware about the environment in Bali. We have an anti one-use plastic and plastic bag policy; we make our own compost; we also organise accommodation within walking distance to our centre to reduce our carbon foot-print. As of July 21st 2017, our director, Putu Evie, is also the chairperson of Trash Hero Kertalangu in our local area.

    Central to the aims of Mekar Bhuana are the tangible results of our projects, including audio and video recordings as well as reconstructed performances using antique instruments. See how you can help by visiting our Sponsors & Patrons page. Hiring our troupes also supports our ongoing documentation, reconstruction and study activities.

    News

    Sekaa Selonding Semeton just returned from Surabaya after performing over three days at Pakuwon Mall for New Zealand Weekend. Invited to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relationships between New Zealand (Mekar Bhuana Co-founder Vaughan Hatch’s homeland) and Indonesia, their performances as well as the background of Mekar Bhuana are summed up in this article in Jawa Pos.

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    Vaughan and Evie with Harry Sunogo (New Zealand Consular General in Surabaya) and his wife

    Upcoming Event

    Ocean Stories Charity Event Flyer

    This charity event is a collaboration between Mekar Bhuana and The Canggu Studio Bali involving many other communities, organizations and volunteers.

    Ocean Stories presents a numbers of different dance performances including Balinese archaic dance and music by Mekar Bhuana, a new theatrical dance show by Kaeshi Chai about the relationship about the impact on the ocean, a fashion show by Puspadi Bali‘s staff and the diff-able community and art exhibitions by Made Bayak and Wayan Setem. We hope to raise consciousness and inspire individual/collective action to slow climate change, preserve our oceans and promote earth-friendly practices

    Half of the donations will be donated to Puspadi Bali to help others who needs prosthetic limbs and the rest is to support Trash Hero‘s activities such as supplies of gloves, litter pickers, trash bags, etc.

    Ocean Stories will feature performances by:
    Mekar Bhuana Archaic Family Selonding group ‘Sekaa Selonding Semeton’. Presenting choreographies by Putu Evie and compositions by her son Gede Semara. Dancers will dress in a costume parts made out of plastic waste.
    – Kaeshi Chai is an artist and teacher at the Bellyqueen School of Dance who was brought up in New Zealand and Australia. She will present her new show ‘Red Ocean Blue Ocean’.
    – Puspadi Balisstaff and diffable community presenting a fashion show of wearable art, dresses and accessories made from plastic trash by local crafts people.

    As well as art installations/exhibitions by:
    – Made Bayak Art who is well known for his ‘Plasticology’ project
    Wayan Setem who has just finished in his Masters degree in art with his project ‘Celeng Ngelumbar’.

    Come and show your support by donating!
    Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at 6 PM
    At Annika Linden Centre, Jalan Bakung no. 19, Kesiman Kertalangu, Denpasar.
    Come at 4 PM to join a workshop by Agung Yuni and Ida Bagus Kerta – Turning Trash Into Valuable Products (by donation).

     

     

     

     

     

     

    News

    Mekar Bhuana’s Interactive Semara Pagulingan Performance at Bali Arts Festival Fascinates Balinese Public
    “Who can tell us how many different types of semara pagulingan there are in Bali,” Vaughan quizzed the audience at Mekar Bhuana’s semara pagulingan performance

    Portfolio

    Portfolio
    1999 – 2000 Preservation of three Pacung Village, Gianyar style gender wayang instrumental pieces. This music was taught to musicians outside of Pacung to encourage

    Articles

    How many Different Types of Gamelan Orchestras are there in Bali?
    In short, many! Gamelan experts the world over normally claim that there are anything between 25 and 40 types; however, so far I’ve counted 70

    Publications

    Video Publications
    In 2010, we produced the first DVD of Balinese court music ever filmed in a historic temple. This video documents rare court semara pagulingan music
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