Special Events
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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

An example of our 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS that enhance our understanding of Indonesia

Friday, November 1st  7 – 9 pm  FUN OPENING PARTY with artists from Modero Dance Company performing Indonesian dances to help celebrate our 10th anniversary in Chestnut Hill! Grab a glass of wine, visit, shop, make new friends, and then enjoy Chestnut Hill’s FIRST FRIDAY up and down the Avenue.

Sunday, November 10th  5 – 6 pm  A VISIT to BORNEO & HER APES Local Philadelphian and primate researcher Natalie Robinson just returned from a year living Borneo where she followed orangutans through the rain forest, survived floods and droughts, and became passionate about conservation. She will share here research findings and stories in a beautiful slideshow of a rare journey deep into the jungle.

Friday, November 15th  7 pm  INDONESIAN DOCUMENTARY FILM – ASIMETRIS  (ASYMMETRIC) Palm oil is found in food, fuel, cosmetics, and more across the world.  Yet, there’s a heavy price: as this movie shows, the palm oil industry is responsible for committing environmental destruction on a massive scale in the tropical paradise of Indonesia.  After the screening, learn what you can do to lessen your use of palm oil and to help save our natural environment.

Tuesday, November 19th   6:30 – 8:30 pm  INDONESIAN COOKING DEMONSTRATION & FEAST   The owners of Pecel Ndeso Catering will teach how to make a few delicious favorites from their Javanese traditions.  We’ll then dine together on an Indonesian feast prepared to delight the senses. Pre-registration is required: $25 per person, but seating is limited and will go quickly!

Wednesdays, December 4th, 11th & 18     6 – 8 pm   STAG & DOE NIGHT
in Chestnut Hill
For three December Wednesdays, please join us for drink, a nosh, to shop, and to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of other Chestnut Hill shops decked out for this special holiday tradition.


Thursday, December 5th  7 – 9 pm  An INDONESIAN DINNER for an
important cause.
Share a delicious meal in a truly special Indonesian tradition of a communal Liwetan dinner of local dishes prepared with love by our friends Pecel Ndeso. Most importantly, half of the ticket cost will help with legal aid for our dear friends, an Indonesian family devastated by an ICE raid.  Pre-registration is required. $40 per person, but reserve quickly: seating is very limited.


Sunday, December 8th  5:30 – 6:30 pm  INDONESIAN TRAVEL STORIES & SLIDES
Through her slide show and personal narratives, travel with Laura Cohn through her over 30 years of living, working and loving Indonesia.  Come, and be transported!
Sunday, December 15th  5 – 6 pm  GAMELAN MUSIC FROM BALI Enjoy traditional Gamelan music, including Balinese drumming, performed by Gamelan Semara Santi members and Professor Tom Whitman from Swarthmore College.