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Gamelan Blessing Ceremony

  • North Brooklyn Farms 320 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11249 United States (map)

It is Balinese custom to seek the blessing of the gods and animate the spirits that inhabit one's new possessions.  Our new gamelan arrived from Bali over a year ago - so we are well due to have them officially blessed! Our artist-in-residence, Gusti Komin will lead the interactive ceremony followed by a performance. Join us at the spectacular North Brooklyn Farms by the Williamsburg Bridge on the September equinox.

We're conducting a traditional Balinese Hindu blessing ceremony for our very own gamelan!

This is a milestone moment for Gamelan Dharma Swara, who for the last 20 years performed and practiced on borrowed instruments from generous host institutions. It will be the first one conducted since the new gamelan made its journey from Bali to New York in 2017--a spiritual awakening of the instruments in their new home. Our ceremony will be officiated by Dharma Swara Artist in Residence I Gusti Nyoman Darta and invites audience participation.

The ceremony will be followed by a music and dance performance by Gamelan Dharma Swara.

In the mood for a party? We'll continue the festivities with a ticketed reception that will mark the official launch of our 2018-19 season. Under the full moon and against the inspiring Manhattan Skyline, join us for an evening of food, drinks, music and mingling.


Come and commemorate our new gamelan under the full moon and against the inspiring backdrop of the Manhattan Skyline!


Note on ticket options:

1) RSVP only -- free, but donations welcome!
Admittance to ceremony and performance.

2) Reception Option 1 -- $50
Please add this on in addition to an RSVP if you are attending our season launch reception. By selecting this option, you also receive a lovely DS tote bag with fun things like coupons to Bali Kitchen and Flatiron Wine and a DS postcard.)

3) Reception Option 2 -- $75
In addition to items and perks from Option 1, an entree by Bali Kitchen, either chicken or tofu. We will send you a Google form to choose your meal option at a date closer to the reception itself. 

4) Reception Option 3: VIP -- $125
In addition to items and perks from Option 2, your own panggul and a ticket to a future workshop on Balinese music and dance.


Earlier Event: March 22
Concert: Gamelan Gendér Wayang
Later Event: September 28