courses & workshops

Gamelan & Poetry Workshops - Lambeth Primary Offer - 2019/2020

Part of Schools

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Every Tuesday in term-time, Southbank Centre offers free sessions for Lambeth primary schools to discover both the Gamelan (Javanese percussion instrument) and National Poetry Library.

In this two-hour session, half the group begins with an introductory Gamelan session in which pupils work with one of our expert tutors to sample group music-making.

The other half explores National Poetry Library with the guidance of library staff, exploring different kinds of poetry (visual poetry, spoken poetry recordings and poetry about animals), learning how to use an index in a book and how to find items in a library. The groups then swap for the second hour.

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'.

Dates & times

17 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Tue 14 July 2020
      • 10:30 am


Royal Festival Hall
Gamelan Room, Level 1


Free, but ticketed

need to know

Age recommendation
For Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6).

Event information
Suitable for groups of up to 35 primary school students.

These free workshops for Lambeth primary schools are not available to book online. To book, call Southbank Centre's group booking line on 020 7960 4225 (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm,) with your preferred date and class details and quote 'Lambeth Schools Gamelan Offer'.

Schools are limited to one workshop booking per term.

Access information
For visitors with prams, buggies and wheelchairs, or requiring step-free access to Gamelan Room, please go to the Welcome Desk, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where our Visitor Experience Team are happy to assist you.