Past Projects

AIAA has initiated or been involved in many projects and events over the years. Here is an overview of what we have been doing.

2019

Rainforest4 Save the Orangutans: Panut and Nayla explain how their organisation reclaims and restores rainforest, and share how they rescue orangutans, tackle wildlife crime, and work with local communities to transform their environment and their economy. Read more
Harmony Day: Building on the last 13 years previous experience and with the support of hundreds of community members Byron Harmony Day 2019 was an even bigger success than previously with the entire event being presented in Mullumbimby Civic Hall again this year – for the second year in a row. Read more

2018

Harmony Day: annual one day festival to be held in April, involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.

2017

Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.

2016

Australian Cultural Ambassador Project: AIAA initiated this project with the support of the Australian Consulate in Bali and with the assistance of Gamelan Master Dewa Made Nurjana achieved an invitation to present a major collaborative project of Australian and Indonesian artists performing the Shakuntala Dance Drama with full Balinese gamelan orchestra at Bali Arts Center, Bentara Budaya and other major venues in July 2016.
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.

2015

Australian Cultural Ambassador Project: AIAA initiated the Australian Cultural Ambassador project in 2015 in conjunction with the Australian Consulate in Bali and support of the Balinese provincial government and the University of NSW which created the opportunity for over 20 University of NSW students and lecturers to perform at premier cultural event Bali Arts Festival plus a VIP dinner for 100 invited guests with TV and media coverage.
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
2014
Ramayana Topeng Workshop and Performance
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
Made Denis Artist-in-Residence Project 2014-15
During July 2014-Jan 2015 AIAA was very fortunate to continue the highly successful Artist-in-Residence Project with visiting Balinese musician I Made Denis from Tianyar, East Bali. Fortunately, this project was supported by the NSW Regional Arts Dept with a Quicks grant of $1500 and a donation of $2000 from the schools of the mid-North Coast of NSW. Many thanks to Vana Ford, a school principal from the area who initiated this fantastic project. The Made Denis project has been AIAA’s most successful Residency to date and continued into 2015. 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.
Activities during this project included school visits to St Monica’s Catholic School, St Joseph’s School Millmerran, Toowoomba Schools Program, St Catherine’s School Proserpine in Qld and Hastings Primary School, Port Macquarie, Comboyne Public School, Long Flat Public School, Beechwood Public School, Rollands Plains Upper Public School in NSW. Other activities were the AIAA School Holiday Program with free Gamelan workshops at Brunswick River Park and Railway Park Byron as well as recording with Nakula, Byron Bay NSW.
This year while resident in NSW, Made Denis worked intensively in the following areas:
1. Teaching and performing at primary and high schools
2. Leading Balinese Gamelan Groups such as the Balinese community in Sydney
3. Collaborating and performing with Australian and Indonesian musicians
4. Presenting performances of Balinese Gamelan Music and culture at festivals and music venues.
Dewa Made Nurjana Project
Balinese Master Musician Dewa Made Nurjana visited Australia in December 2013 with Gamelan Master Bpk Ketut Lanus to perform at the Uplift Festival. AIAA was able to assist Bpk Dewa by providing the use of the Balinese gamelan as well as Made Denis and Bpk Agung Pindha assisting with performing with the group. When Judy Shelley visited Bali in early 2014 Bpk Dewa assisted AIAA by providing contacts and assisting with networking with the Balinese government and National government and a number of proposals were sent for funding a proposed tour to Australia. Contact was also made with the Australian Consul General. Judy Shelley then initiated a project with the NSW University whereby the gamelan group will be participating with Bpk Dewa Nurjana in the Bali Arts Festival July 2015.
In 2014 Bpk Dewa also visited Sydney and AIAA assisted him in providing contacts with adult gamelan groups such as the Balinese Community Gamelan and NSW Uni Gamelan, working together with Made Denis.
2013
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
2012
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
2011
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
Work for the Dole: 2011
I Made Denis is a Balinese gamelan musician: more
2010
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
2009
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
Artist-in-Residence Asep Suhenda: more
2008
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
2007
Harmony Day: annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
Indonesian writer Laksmi Pamuntjak: AIAA assisted her to visit the Writer’s Festival more
Indonesia Extravanza Workshop and Performance: more
Richard Oh and Dewi Lestari Simangunsong: author, publisher and film director Richard Oh and singer-writer Dewi Lestari Simangunsong more
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
Suara Indonesia Radio Show BayFM 98 more
2006
Harmony Day: An annual one day festival involving a very wide representation of the many multicultural communities that live in the North Coast and incorporating a variety of performances by Indonesian cultural groups and artists.
Suara Indonesia Radio Show BayFM 98 more
2005
Colours of the World Multicultural Festival: held in Nov 2005 at Byron Bay Community Centre, it was a colourful, exciting and delightful celebration of cultural diversity of Byron Shire. The day included a martial arts expo including Capoiera, Aikido and Iaido, Japanese music and dance, African drumming, Irish dancing, Aboriginal films, speakers, belly dancing, Dances of Peace, food festival.
Inspirasi Indonesian Arts Festival: held in June 2005. a celebration of Indonesian culture through workshops, performances, music jamming and collaboration between local and visiting musicians, dancers and artists, gamelan music wokshops, mask making, visual arts collaboration, installations etc, fire performance etc. more
Work for the Dole:  2005
Expressions of Love Between Australia and Indonesia Exhibition more
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
Suara Indonesia Radio Show BayFM 98 more
2004
Byron Still Loves Bali: a showcase of beautiful Indonesion arts and collaboration,  the finale a concert of visiting artist Efen Jaenudin, co-ordinated by Alison pearl. Ongoing funding for Bali bomb victims.
Wawan Juanda from the Republic of Entertainment, Bandung more
The Balinese Extravaganza at Byron Bay High School more
East Coast tour of Indonesian Fusion group Anything But Roy more
Bali Childrens’ Art Competition North Coast NSW more
Umbil Umbil: Supporting the Arti Foundation Denpasar more
Malam Persahabatan launched AIAA Bandung at STSI Bandung more
Musician in Residence Wahyu Roche: more
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
Suara Indonesia Radio Show BayFM 98 more
2003
Byron Loves Bali Shakuntala fundraiser May 3rd 2003 more
Byron Loves Bali: two concerts were held to raise funds to help Balinese victims of the Bali bombing. A total of $16,000 was raised through music, dance and drama performances. The money was donated to 12 targeted support projects. The project was auspiced by AIAA.
Australia Indonesia Poetry Exchange more
Budya Indonesia Course more
Work for the Dole: 2003-
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
2002
Suara Indonesia Radio Show BayFM 98 more
Byron Loves Bali Fundraising at Surf Club more
Fundraising to purchase the Salendro Gamelan more
Byron Loves Bali more
Artist in Residence Efiq Zulfiqar: more
Wahyu Roche Musician in Residence: more
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
2001
Warogus Ensemble performs more
Poetry Exchange Project more
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
2000
Fundraising for Ozindo more
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
1999
Inspirasi Online Newsletter more
Krakotau Performs more
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