Regarded as one instrument but played by many people, the gamelan comprises gongs, metallophones and drums and generates rich, sonorous and mesmerising sounds.
Playing the gamelan is a rewarding musical and social experience, inspiring self-confidence, improving coordination, sharpening listening skills and encouraging interaction and team-building.
No previous musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to sit on the floor, take off your shoes and have fun. Each workshop lasts for two hours.
In 1987, Southbank Centre was privileged to receive a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra called gamelan. This was a remarkable gift from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to the people of the UK as a gesture of friendship.
As is the case with many important gamelan ensembles, ours was named 'Kyai Lebdha Jiwa' or 'The Venerable Spirit of Perfection'.
For ages 6+
For visitors with prams, buggies and wheelchairs, or requiring step-free access to the Gamelan Room please go to the Welcome Hub on Level 2 Green Side of Royal Festival Hall, where our Visitor Experience team are happy to assist you.