Special Events
page-template-default,page,page-id-22679,stockholm-core-2.0.5,select-child-theme-ver-1.1,select-theme-ver-6.4,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode_menu_,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.4.1,vc_responsive
Title Image

Special Events

Starting with an empty storefront on Germantown Avenue, Laura transforms the raw space into a magical and colorful art show & craft bazaar with tables, shelves, fabrics, bamboo, and lights that showcase glorious Indonesian handcrafts and treasures for sale, along with her own contemporary batik paintings. “I love creating an environment that is so intriguing you are enticed to come in and explore – and then, once inside, you feel transported halfway around the world.”

We are strongly committed to introducing a broader public to Indonesia and helping them learn about this land and people through special events, most of which are free of charge. The 2019 From Bali to Bala Show featured: a fun opening night party with Indonesian Dancers, a slideshow on Borneo and its orangutans and rainforest, a documentary about palm oil plantations and their impact on Indonesia’s natural beauty, an Indonesian cooking demonstration and feast, a show of Laura’s own slides reflecting her years of travel to Indonesia, and many other events as well.


As always, visitors help support several very worthwhile nonprofit causes. Each year we choose new causes: In 2019 it was particularly timely and important that a special Indonesian dinner helped raise funds for dear friends of hers, a Philadelphia family whose lives have been devastated by an ICE raid. Also, a portion of the proceeds went go to the Orangutan Tree Project, a nonprofit that works with other NGOs in Kalimantan (Borneo) to support the orangutans and their habitat, help offset the effect of fires in that rainforest, and engage young men and women in those communities to replant native trees.  “Each year”, as Laura notes, “In our small way, through our show’s fundraisers, outreach, and sales, we all can join together and help those in desperate need, both in our country and in Indonesia, to rebuild their lives.”


Opening Night Party with the Modero Dance Company

Indonesian Cooking Class with Pecel Ndeso Catering

Gamelan Concert with Tom Whitman from Swarthmore College

Holiday time in Chestnut Hill

2021 SPECIAL EVENTS that enhance our understanding of Indonesia

 25th ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE & OPENING – Saturday, November 6 @ 7 – 9 PM. Celebrate with us and with Modero Dance Company as they bring a special showcase of Indonesian Dance & Dancers & Live Music to inaugurate our 25th Anniversary year! Meet our old friends for a special night!


TRUNK SHOW DaVas Batik Fashion – Saturday, November 13 @ 2 – 4 PM. We invite all lovers of Indonesian batik to welcome DaVas Batik, a fashion designer from Java, as they bring their new style of batik apparel for our very own trunk show. Their collections include unique jackets, skirts, shirts, jewelry, and more.


INDONESIAN FILM NIGHT The Year of Living Dangerously – Friday, November 19 @ 7 PM. This is one of Laura’s favorite films! A young Sigourney Weaver and Mel Gibson star in this 1982 classic romantic and political thriller set in revolutionary 1965 Indonesia. Following the screening, join us in a brief discussion about the history leading up to this period, as well as the state of democracy in Indonesia today.


PASSPORT to INDONESIA SLIDE SHOW with Laura Cohn – Sunday, November 21 @ 5:30 PM  Travel with Laura through her over 30 years of living, working in, and loving Indonesia. Be transported to a distant, exotic land, but with no passport required and we’ll have you home in time for dinner.


STAG & DOE plus DANGDUT Performance – Wednesday, December 1 @ 7PM Welcome Philadelphia resident Kirsten Spangenberg to share her love of “Dangdut” singing, a popular Indonesian fusion of local musical traditions, Indian and Malaysian film music, and Western rock. Kristin has been singing her whole life and she now performs as a “Dangdut in America” singer. If her music makes you feel like dancing, be our guest!


STAG & DOE NIGHT in Chestnut Hill – Every Wednesday in December – 1, 8, 15, 22, from 6 – 9 PM. For four fun December Wednesdays, experience the sights & sounds of Chestnut Hill’s many shops decked out for this special holiday tradition. Once again, From Bali to Us is the happening spot on the hill, with the horse & carriage rides leaving from in front of our shop!


BALINESE COOKING CLASS & FEAST on Zoom – Thursday, December 2 @ 7 PM  Zoomed from their kitchen in South Philly, our friends Irza and Aditya from Pecel Ndeso Catering will teach us how to make a few delicious favorites that draw upon Balinese flavors. Pick up the pre-prepared dinner-for-two at our shop in Chestnut Hill, or have it delivered to your door in the afternoon. You’ll receive information about the dinner as well as the Zoom link for the class that evening. From the comfort of your own home, feast with us and expand your culinary kitchen with the exotic flavors of Indonesia! The required pre-registration is $40 per feast ($47 for delivery) or $12 for just the Zoom cooking class.


INDONESIAN STRETCHING & SIP – Saturday, December 4 @ 9 AM Stretch with Sinta and sip Jamu, a traditional Indonesian herbal drink said to boost one’s immune system and maintain good health, just in time for the holiday season. Sinta is a traditional Indonesian dance artist who will share her stretch routine that helps improve posture, range of motion, and prevent injury. The session will conclude with a relaxation segment, and Sinta will talk about Jamu and share with us a simple recipe to make it in your own home. Bring your own mat and towel. Pre-registration is required, and donations are encouraged.


ANGKLUNG WORKSHOP (traditional music) – Sunday, December 12 @ 4 PM

Join us for this fun hands-on activity, great for all ages! Discover the sounds and beauty of the Angklung, a traditional Indonesian musical instrument made from two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. No musical experience is required: just bring your enthusiasm, friends, and family! Pre-registration is required, and the event is free for all.