Half Day Bali Gamelan and Dance Workshop

Half Day Bali Gamelan
and Dance Workshop

An integral part of Indonesia’s rich culture revolves around the gamelan. During this half-day tour,
you will be guided through all aspects of this ancient art form by two passionate
gamelan protectors. A hands-on experience with a sustainable character.


Costumes glistering in the spot lights: intricate finger and foot movements, depicting the finer art of its origins, and gracefully moving from one corner of the stage to the other without losing the almost Bayon-esque style smile throughout the performance.

Dinner with classical Apsara dances envelope two essential items not to be missed when in Siem Reap; culinary delights and the slow-flowing movements of an Apsara dance performance. A well-balanced act of culinary specialities with retina-pleasing performances flow through one of the leading restaurants and dance theatres in Siem Reap earmarked to complement the end of an amazing day in and around the world of Angkor.


Half Day Bali Gamelan and Dance Workshop

08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00

You will be picked up from your booked south Bali or Ubud resort and make your way to Kesiman and the home of Vaughan and Putu, who run the Mekar Bhuana Conservatory from their family home. Following in the footsteps of the Indonesian government by recognizing Gamelan as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014, this private endeavour by these 2 passionate individuals of preserving endangered classical gamelan and its extensive repertoire will be clear once you meet your hosts.

Vaughan Hatch left his hometown of Wellington New Zealand to study classical gamelan on a scholarship in Bali; it was here that Vaughan became aware of how tourism and modern society was affecting traditional performing art forms. After he met his wife Putu they created Mekar Bhuana as a way to try and restore and revive the art form. Restoring antique instruments and introducing the original music back to the Balinese community. Using their own expenses without the support from the Indonesian government to aid the restoration of this ancient art Vaughan & Putu runs regular workshops to help fund the conservatory.

Aided by local practitioners, Vaughan & Putu will give you an in-depth explanation of the history of gamelan and traditional dance during this 4-hour experience, and introduce you to the various instruments, costumes and masks, through demonstrations, videos and also teaching you some basic and enabling you to get hands on with both gamelan and dance. This hands-on experience is a great way to learn the true history and art form of this ancient art!

At the end, you will be transferred back to your resort along Bali’s southern coastline or in Ubud.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying along South Bali (Sanur, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Legian and Seminyak) and Ubud. Transfers outside these areas, including any harbour and Bali’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • This tour is not operational during Nyepi Day, Bali’s Day of Silence. The date of this spiritual day changes annually.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes
  • This tour is not recommended for families with children under the age of 12 years old.


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