Annual Report 2011 – 2102

Thank you to our AIAA Patrons,

AIAA would like to thank and acknowledge the Consul General for the Republic of Indonesia Sydney for holding the position of Patron of AIAA. Many thanks also to Byron Shire Mayor for continuing in the role of AIAA Patron, and attending AIAA events such as the opening the Byron Harmony Festival every year.

I Made Denis Artist-in-Residence Project 2011-12

During July 2011- June 2012 AIAA was very fortunate to continue to host the highly successful Artist-in-Residence Project with visiting Balinese musician I Made Denis from Tianyar, East Bali. Fortunately, this project supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute via the MALTQ Indonesian Teachers Network led by Kerry O’Connor from February – June 2012 involving 14 schools across Southern Qld. The Made Denis project has been AIAA’s most successful Residency to date and continued Into 2012 with I Made Denis visiting over 30 schools across Australia including visits to Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Brisbane as well as many regional centers such as Toowoomba Qld, Regional WA etc The project has been highly valuable for both the visiting artist and for the Australian community.

The project has been very successful in creating participation and collaboration with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of the Australian community and across a wide geographical area. The project involved direct participation and experience of Balinese Kecak Dance and Balinese traditional gamelan and contemporary music, as well as Sundanese Angklung, Silat, Balinese Offerings, Balinese, Javanese and Sumatran Dance workshops and performances.

While resident in the Southern Qld area Mr I Made Denis worked intensively in the following areas:

  1. Teaching and performing at primary and high schools across Australia
  2. Leading Balinese Gamelan Groups in Byron Bay and Southport
  3. Collaborating and performing with Australian and Indonesian musicians
  4. Presenting performances of Balinese Gamelan Music and culture at festivals and music venues such as Murwillumbah Unity Festival, Byron Bay Harmony Festival, Gold Coast Indonesian Events and Woodford Folk Festival Qld.
    In NSW: Made Denis successfully led the Balinese Gamelan group in Byron Bay holding weekly workshops as well as free classes in Gamelan in Byron Railway Park, weekly classes at Shearwater School, visits to Suara Indonesia Radio Show on Bay FM, performances at Byron Harmony Day 2012 and the Unity Festival Murwillumbah 2011 as well as school performances and workshops across the state. Participating schools included Shearwater Steiner School, a tour to Wollongong area included St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Illawarra Sports High School and Nowra High School. The touring program was presented by Made Denis supported by Bpk Agung Pindha and Judy Shelley as well as dancers Ibu Vera Kos, Francis Gilfedder, Alfira O’Sullivan and Murtala, Jade Dewi and Warga Rukun Bali. AIAA was very fortunate in forming a close working relationship with the Catholic Schools consultant Paul Burke who assisted our project with performances in Xavier College, Lennox Head, St Joseph’s Primary School, Alstonville as well as schools in Port Macquarie, Yamba etc

In QLD: Made Denis and Judy Shelley worked closely with Kerry O’Connor and the Modern Language Teachers Assoc Qld – Indonesian Network to create a fantastic project called Bringing Bali to Brisbane. The Teachers received a grant of $8000 from the Australia Indonesia institute which paid for Made Denis to travel all over Southern Qld presenting series of 2-3 days workshops and performances in Balinese Gamelan, Kecak and Angklung at each school. Schools involved included Browns Plains SHS, Woodridge SHS, Harristown SHS, Park Ridge SHS, Yugembir State School, Browns Plains State School, Woodridge High School, Ormeau Woods HS, Patrick Rd State School, Ferny Grove High School, Boronia Heights State School, Bundamba SS, Nanago SHS and Greenbank SHS and Sheldon College.

Made Denis successfully led and taught the Balinese Gamelan Group in Southport, along with Bpk Agung Pindha presenting many rewarding performances such as the Powerhouse Art Centre, Brisbane and Photography Exhibition opening in Southport. Made Denis also participated in community workshops and performances in Southport organized by Ibu Vera Kos, Indonesia Dance Group Gold Coast such as visits to Nursing Homes and festival performances. Made Denis also assisted and volunteered to perform at Indonesian community events such as Indonesian Independence Day at Broadbeach, Thanksgiving and Hari Kartini as well as the Ausiana Fundraising Cruise for a Women’s Shelter in Indonesia. The production of hundreds of Balinese offerings were a spectacular feature at Woodford Folk Festival. The offerings were produced at free workshops in Byron, Southport and Currumbin.

In WA: Made Denis’ visits to WA were supported by John Septimus Roe College which provided a loan of gamelan instruments. Made Denis was accompanied on these trips by Gold Coast Balinese dancer Mr Agung Pindha, Francis Gilfedder, Judy Shelley and Tomi-san and supported locally by Perth dancers Ibu Astit Olszowy and Rosye Holigita from Selendang Sutera. Participating Schools included Bunbury High School, Bunbury Public School, Greenfields PS, Settlers School Baldivis, Corrigin District High School, Kulin District High School .
In SA: The Team visited St Aloysius School, Blackfriars High School, Mercedes College, St Monica’s Parish School, Brighton Secondary School, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, Port Lincoln PS, Port Lincoln High School. The performance at Port Lincoln involved Nasi Campur Pop band performing for over 700 students from a number of schools at the Apollo theatre.

The major finale event of the Made Denis Residency in 2011-12 was his participation along with 40 other musicians as part of Ethno Australia – a fantastic Camp for musicians from all over the world who share their songs and traditions. Ethno Australia then went on to perform for the Opening Ceremony at Woodford Festival as well as a series of other performances at Woodford as well as Lismore, Coolangatta etc Made Denis also volunteered to produce hundreds of Balinese offerings for the daily sunset rituals at the festival.

Byron Harmony Festival 2012

This year our Annual Byron Harmony Festival was coordinated by Yvonne Jessup assisted by the AIAA subcommittee- Byron Harmony Team and was a huge success for AIAA and the Nth Coast community. Supported by Byron Shire Council ($1,500) and NRCF ($1000) the one day festival involved a very wide representation of the many indigenous and multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporated a wide variety of performances by local cultural groups and artists.

People who attended and participated were overwhelming in their praise and appreciation for the Byron Harmony Day event. The Festival attracted the participation of about 200 performers, volunteers and workshop leaders and attracted an audience of approx 1000.
Byron Harmony Day 2012 involved people from many CALD groups including Indigenous, Latin American, French, Brazilian, Indonesian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Thai, African and Spanish.
Many thanks to coordinators Yvonne Jessup, Corinne Sinclair, Prue Regan, Ayesha Salazar, Judy Shelley, Paddy, Nicole Louise and many others in the Harmony Team for all their hard work and to Byron Shire Council, NRCF, Byron Echo, Bay FM radio and other sponsors.

School Activities

During 2011-12 AIAA provided many excellent Indonesian school activities as part of the Made Denis Residency including performances and workshops at schools in Sydney, NSW North Coast, Adelaide, Perth, Tasmania, Toowoomba and Brisbane. A school tour to Mackay area involved dancers Agung Pindha , Ibu Komang Armadi and Jane performing in Mackay and Proserpine. Agung Pindha with Ibu Merthi and Team also undertook a fantastic cultural day in Newport Lakes Primary School, Melbourne.

Suara Indonesia Radio Show

During 2011-12 Suara Indonesia Radio Show was presented by Francesca Von Reinhaart and Kirana Talip supported by Yana Sutiana, John Lewis and Judy Shelley. Suara Indonesia continued to present many hours of interesting live interviews, music, CD reviews, news and Indonesian community events for the community of the NSW North Coast and beyond. The program was streaming live every Wednesday 12-1pm at

AIAA Support for Members and Cultural Organisations

The AIAA Board and National Coodinator support many other Australian and Indonesian organizations and individual artists with performances, information, support letters and guidance for their projects as well as undertaking community action and fundraising.

Deep appreciation to AIAA National President Malia Ritaningsih for her great dedication and energetic involvement in all Indonesian cultural activities and fundraising in Brisbane, representing AIAA at major events and being a popular MC for the Brisbane community. Over the years, Malia has initiated many important projects such as the Pesta Rakyat and as well SBKM (Salam Budaya Kawula Muda) among many others. This year Malia invited Made Denis to perform at the Indonesian Society of QLD -PIQ Inc to perform for their Indonesian Culture Night; presenting a collaborative work with well-known musician, Efiq Zulfikar from Bandung. In 2012 Efiq and Denis were invited once again by Brisbane Powerhouse to perform there along with the Gold Coast Gamelan group. This was a combined effort between BEMAC and Brisbane Powerhouse. The latter is a great supporter for the Indonesian community and we have been working together since 2007, the initial Festival Nusantara.

Special thanks to AIAA Board Member Ibu Vera Kos founder of Indonesia Dance Group Gold Coast Australia and International Indonesian Group Gold Coast Australia for sharing her tireless commitment and dedication to introduce Indonesian arts and culture in Australia. Since AIAA started, Ibu Vera has assisted our Artist in Residence Projects by organizing events in the Gold Coast, providing opportunities to share their arts such as music with the Australian community. Ibu Vera Kos has also supported AIAA projects at schools and in the community and invited Made Denis to teach gamelan to her Dance Group and for Indonesian cultural shows at Nursing Homes and multicultural events on the Gold Coast presenting Indonesian culture performances, workshops, dance, costumes, singing and music.
Thank you to our Sponsors 2011-12

The National Board of AIAA expresses sincere appreciation for the generous support of Byron Shire Council, Bay FM Community Radio, NRCF, Byron Shire Echo, Byron Market and the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

AIAA Public Art Fund A/c

Financial Statement 1st July 2011 – 30th June 2012

Bank Balance as at 1st July 2010 $ 51.30


Byron Shire Council $1500
Northern Rivers Community Funds $1000
Byron Market Charity of the Day $942.10
Suffolk Park Pharmacy $25

(Total Donations for Byron Harmony Day $ 3467.10)

Bank Interest $ .12

Byron Harmony Door takings/Raffle $ 660.70

Other Income $ 120.00

TOTAL $4,247.92


Project Costs $ 685.50

Promotion, printing etc $1594.75

Venue hire $1,298.00

TOTAL $4,2074.70

BALANCE $ 24.52

Bank balance as at 30th June 2011 $ 24.52




Bank Balance as at 1st July 2011 $ 4,831.29


Performances $ 500.00
Grants/Donations $ 2,400.00
Other $ 1,232.41

Total $ 4,132.41


Administration $ 792.55
Insurance $ 1,045.46
Transfer to WFD Account $ 3,846.65
Transfer to Public Art Account/Harmony Day $ 970
Transport $ 2,308.95

Total $ 8,963.61

Balance $ 0.09

Rounding Error $ 0.05

Bank Balance as at 30th June 2012 $ 0.04


Financial Statement 1July 2011 – 30 June 2012

Work for the Dole Account

Bank Balance as at 1 July 2011 $ 512


Grants $ 3272.20
Performances, Workshops $57,290.50
Other/Transfers from other accounts $ 5,276.62
Memberships $ 70.00

Total $65,909.32


Per Diem $22,725.00
Transport (artist airfares, hire car) $15,142.12
Administration/Equipment $ 4,071.05
Project Costs/ Artist Fees, Hotel Accom etc $ 21,050.12

Total $62,988.29

Balance $ 3,433.09

Bank Balance as at 30 June 2011 $ 3,433.09

Judith Shelley
Australia Indonesia Arts Alliance