Our annual show opens in a an grand and central happening spot in the middle of Chestnut Hill  with these Captivating Special Events to illuminate the Rich Culture of Indonesia

From Bali to Us
8514 Germantown Avenue
Between W. Evergreen & Highland


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OPENING CELEBRATION with Magical Balinese Dance!

Saturday, November 4 @ 7–8 PM

Celebrate with us and with Modero Dance Company, showcasing Indonesian dance & dancers, to welcome our 27th anniversary! Bring your friends and make new ones for a special night with drinks and noshes and joy!



Sunday, Nov. 12 @ 5 PM

Local Philadelphian and primate researcher Natalie Robinson just completed a five-year research project in Borneo, where she followed orangutans through the rainforest, survived floods and droughts, and became even more passionate about conservation. She will share her findings and stories in a beautiful slideshow of a rare journey deep into the jungle.

Dinner in Indonesia: COOKING DEMO & FEAST

Thursday, November 16 @ 7 PM

Join us as we explore, for the first time, the tasty Madurese cuisine & culture from Madura Island, just off the north coast of Java. The owners of Pecel Ndeso Catering will teach us how to make many delicious regional favorites, while we feast on the dishes together. What makes Madurese cooking so special is the unique and strong mix of herbs, a perfect complement to the strong and tough character of the Madurese people. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. Pre-registration is required: $40 per person, but seating is limited and fills up quickly! Sign up at the shop or with our Evite.

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BATIK Extravaganza Day & TRUNK SHOW

Saturday, November 18 @ 1 - 4 PM

Immerse yourself in the love of this ancient craft with three batik enthusiasts. Davas Batik returns from Indonesia with a trunk show of a new style of batik apparel featuring men & women’s fashion! Learn from batik artist Laura Cohn how she creates her contemporary batik paintings through a traditional artform. And, local South Philly Indonesian resident Lillian Christaka will share her vintage batik collection and stories about their origins and meanings.

DANGDUT Performance at our STAG & DOE NIGHT 

Wednesday, November 29 @ 7 PM

Welcome local Philadelphia resident Kristen Spangenberg to share her love of “Dangdut” singing, a popular Indonesian fusion of local musical traditions, Indian and Malaysian film music, and Western rock. Kristen has been singing her entire life, and she now performs as a “Dangdut in America” singer. If her music makes you feel like dancing, be our guest! we’ll have you home in time for dinner.



Saturday, December 2@ 7 PM

The captivating film “Jalanan” is a portrait of three gifted, charismatic street musicians in Jakarta, tracking them over a tumultuous five-year period in their own lives and that of Indonesia. Click to watch the trailer of Jalanan.

STAG & DOE NIGHT in Chestnut Hill

Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20

For four fun Wednesdays (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20), experience the sights & sounds of Chestnut Hill’s many shops decked out for this special holiday tradition. Once again, From Bali to Us is the happening spot on the Hill: come taste our Indonesian treats and tropical cheer!


Passion & Spice CANDLELIGHT DINNER with Chef Diana Widjojo

Friday, Dec. 8 @ 7 PM

James Beard-nominated Philly-based Chef Diana Widjojo, formerly of the acclaimed Hardena, and her partner, Jennifer Cowden, bring their newest catering enterprise, Rice & Sambal, to us for a very special evening of fine dining. Highlighting traditional & modern Indonesian cuisine, we’ll explore the islands of Indonesia, filled with all the passion & spice of the region. Please join us for an exceptional four-course dining experience unlike any other! Pre-registration is required: $75 per person, BYOB,. Save a spot at this exclusive event by signing up at the shop or with our Evite.


The HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY in Indonesia - A Slideshow Presentation

Friday, Dec. 15 @ 7 PM

The impressive book, A History of Photography in Indonesia: From the Colonial Era to the Digital Age, looks at the development of photography from the beginning and traces its uses in Indonesia from its invention to the present day. In particular, it addresses the impact of photography on colonialism, independence, and democratization. The book’s editor, Brian C. Arnold, will illuminate this subject’s medium and history, as well as his own experiences in Indonesia.

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