This fund-raising event was sparked by a tragedy in Cirebon in April this year when a wall adjacent to the rehearsal space collapsed on top of the players, killing seven youngsters, aged between 12 –15 years, and their teacher, dhalang Mas Herman Basari. The $3000 raised reached the community in September 2018. Read more.
The Cirebon area of Northwest Java is dear to our hearts. Allan Thomas brought the first gamelan to New Zealand from Cirebon in 1974. You can read about the history and about these instruments on our site by following the links. Later named The First Smile, the ensemble is still played by a local Wellington group who spear-headed this fund-raising campaign to send support to Gegesik village and families affected by the tragedy who plan to purchase a new gamelan dedicated to the memory of those who died.
- Te Koki New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington
- Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia