Indonesia Comes to Ealing, part of EMS’s Post-COVID Recovery Programme

EALING MUSIC SERVICE is delighted to join forces with GAMELANING, who have been appointed by the Indonesian Embassy in London to run gamelan music and puppetry projects in schools in the UK as part of their education programme, ‘Indonesia Goes to School’.

Led by Aris Daryono, a gamelan expert, teacher and composer who knows Indonesian culture inside out, you will experience the most enjoyable, unique and memorable as well as educating cultural experience.

  • The project involves playing traditional gamelan music, making puppets and learning about Indonesian culture through show and tell, playing games, creating stories based on Indonesian legends culminating in a performance on day 5.

  • Suitable for primary (KS1, KS2), secondary (KS3, KS4) and special schools.

  • Each 5-day residency will be spread over 2 weeks to accommodate schools’ availability, to be negotiated between schools and Aris directly.
  • Each project can accommodate up to 3 classes (circa 90 children).
  • Gamelan instruments, shadow puppetry and show and tell equipment are provided.
  • The cost of each 5-day residency is £1300, but with funding from EMS and the Indonesian Embassy, we are able to offer this amazing opportunity for only £475 per school.

  • As well as developing an understanding of Indonesian culture, the project also supports the national curriculum, particularly in relation to music, art, drama, geography, computing, literacy, science, design technology and anti-bullying. It also encourages to strengthen self-esteem, confidence, teamwork, interaction and respect.


To take part in Indonesia Comes to Ealing, schools will need to provide:


  • Storage for gamelan (2.5 meter square).
  • Hall with blackout windows for the end-of-project performances.
  • A parking space during the residency for the workshop leader.


  • Two pieces of A4 cardboard (preferably black) with the preferred thickness of 250 gms per child.
  • A Box of split pins per class.
  • Velcro (self-adhesive, hook and loop) around 1 meter per class.
  • Cellophane (multicolour, see-through, 7.5 x 7.5 inch, 120 pieces) per class.
  • Dowelling sticks (30cm x 6mm) – 2 pieces per child

Equipment to make the shadow puppets

  • Glue sticks, colouring pencils and scissors enough for the whole class.

NB: Alternatively, we can provide Velcro, cellophane, dowelling rods, and cardboard for £35 per class, which will be added to your contribution towards costs and will be invoiced by Ealing Music Service.

  • Projects will take place in the second half of the Autumn term 2023 (between w/b 30th October and w/b 18th December) and the actual dates will need to be negotiated between schools and Aris directly. This opportunity is open to all Primary, Secondary and Special Schools within the London Borough of Ealing.

  • The cost of each 5-day residency is £1300, but with funding from EMS and the Indonesian Embassy, we are able to offer this amazing opportunity for only £475 per school! Note: Priority will be given to schools that have not hosted this project previously. 

  • Availability is limited, as there are only 4 projects available. Apply now by completing an Expression of Interest form.

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