Te Papa, Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Sun 10 Mar 2024, 10.30–1.30

We kicked off celebrations of our 50th anniversary of the arrival of gamelan in Aotearoa with performances and public workshops at Te Papa.

group of gamelan performers at Te Papa

Gamelan arrived in New Zealand in 1974, when ethnomusicologist Allan Thomas brought a centuries-old gamelan set of instruments from Cirebon on the north coast of West Java. Check out our history page for more information.  Fifty years later (2024) the gamelan has become an integral part of what is now New Zealand School of Music Te Kōki at Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka. From those beginnings in the mid-70s, there are currently at least six active gamelan ensembles throughout New Zealand.

Programme of the day:

10.30am–11.00am: Short intro concert
11.15am–12.00pm: Workshop (booking required)
12.30pm–1.30pm: Concert and hands-on opportunities

Performers: Budi S. Putra (director), Megan Collins, Marie Direen, Judith Exley, Faris Fairusham, Desi Haliyati, Jo Hilder, Alisa Hogan, Josh Hyslop, Mike Jones, Hasil Maksud, Paul Nuttall, Eddie Ramirez, Greg Street

Supported by the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington.