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Nusantara Arts Indonesian Culture Center open house & Kartini Day celebration


Mon, Apr 8th 2024 09:35 am

Nusantara Arts Indonesian Culture Center will host an open house and Kartini Day celebration from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Nusantara Arts Performance Center, 51 Colonial Circle Buffalo (entrance on Lafayette). The event is free, but advanced ticket registration is encouraged at https://www.nusantaraarts.com/events/openhouse.

A press release stated, “We are thrilled to welcome our community to the grand opening of Nusantara Arts new Indonesian Culture Center in the Elmwood Village, as we host a lively celebration of Indonesian culture and art with our open house and Kartini Day event! Join us for a hands-on experience delving into the vibrant traditions of Javanese and Balinese music and dance, with performances from Nusantara Arts, as well as hands-on workshops to try out the instruments and dance for yourselves.”

Also featured will be performances, workshops, food, puppetry crafts, batik fabric art demonstration, and Wayang kulit shadow puppetry displays.

The press release added, “Join us in commemorating the pioneering spirit of Raden Ajeng Kartini, whose advocacy for women's rights and education continues to inspire generations. Celebrated annually, Kartini Day honors her legacy and contributions to the empowerment of women in Indonesian society.

“Step into the enchanting world of Javanese and Balinese gamelan orchestras, where ancient melodies blend with close-knit communities. Our talented musicians will showcase the intricate melodies and mesmerizing sounds of the traditional metallophones, gongs and drums of both islands, offering a glimpse into the heart of Indonesian musical heritage.

“Experience the magic of Balinese dance as our performers take the spotlight in vibrant traditional costumes showcasing both graceful movements and expressive gestures. Accompanied by the enchanting melodies of gamelan music, their performance will transport you to the mystical landscapes of Bali.

“Discover the artistry behind Javanese and Balinese gamelan music with interactive demonstrations led by our skilled musicians. Join the free hands-on workshop and try out gamelan music for yourself!

“Join us for some fun movement and learn the fundamentals of Balinese dance from Riesa Avanti!

“Immerse yourself in Indonesian culture through a showcase of traditional crafts, costumes, and artifacts, like Wayang kulit shadow puppets and batik fabrics!"

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