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Saung Angklung Udjo

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Saung Angklung Udjo offers a not-to-be-missed cultural performance featuring the Sundanese traditional bamboo musical instrument the angklung as well as dance, puppets and the opportunity to see the instruments produced in onsite workshops.

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The angklung is made from a series of bamboo tubes that when shaken produces a single tone so several players usually perform together in order to produce a tune, simple enough to learn that most school kids in Indonesia will have their first music lessons on this instrument. In 2010 UNESCO added the angklung to the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Up on stage. Photo taken in or around Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Up on stage. Photo: Sally Arnold

Saung Angklung Udjo began in 1966 by the late Udjo Ngalagena and his wife Uum Sumiati with the aim of preserving the cultural Heritage of Sunda, and this passion continues with their offspring who now run the show. The foundation offers free classes for children from the surrounding villages where they can learn performing arts and public speaking and have the opportunity to perform for tourists.

The format of the daily concert is not unlike a TV variety show (you will cringe at some cheesy moments), but the passion and joy are infectious. A bilingual MCs presents a short wayang golek (wooden rod puppet) performance, colourful traditional dances and of course the angklung show at a covered open-air amphitheatre with hard bench seating (which you’ll soon forget about). Audiences are given the opportunity to learn and play along as well (don’t worry it’s easy and lots of fun). The whole basis of the philosophy of this outfit is that by having fun and playing music together cultural boundaries are broken hopefully resulting in understanding, harmony and world peace, perhaps a tad ambitious but commendable ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Saung Angklung Udjo
118 Jalan Padasuka, Bandung
T: (0227) 271 714, (0227) 101 736 F: (0227) 201 587;
Admission: Foreigners 100,000/60,000 rupiah for adults/students (bring student ID) 60,000/40,000 for local adults/students

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