Kalfein Michael Wuisan or Kale, is an Indigenous youth from Wuwuk, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. He's actively involved in short filmmaking and cultural movement with local artists, humanists, historians in enhancing Minahasa culture & their Christianity as part of Minahasa identity in Minahasa. He has a photography & videography skill. He's also actively involved in Smartphone Cinematography with young generations from all villages in Minahasa. He went to all villages ni Minahasa and training about smartphone cinematography with youth indigenous. He participate with the Minahasa youth film community (KOMUNITAS FELEM ORANG GUNUNG) to make their own film festival that called FESTIVAL FELEM ORANG GUNUNG.

He has film works with Wuwuk Film & Wuisan Felem.


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Gayo Indigenous People Council is coming to bring two kinds of dance in Indigenous Celebration this May. First is Guel Dance which is the original dance of Gayo people one of the precious cultural art from Aceh.

This dance has a long and unique history. That’s a combination of literature, music and dance art. The Dance is also a sacred dance because it has strong connection to the history of Aceh Kingdom. The second is Saman Dance, which is usually performed t celebrate the important events in Gayo communities.

The lyrics used here is Gayo language. This dance has been put in UNESCO’s list of human ‘unseen’ cultural heritage in 2011.


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GOLDA MOWE - Indigenous Writer MALAYSIA

Golda Mowe is a writer from Malaysia who writes about the Iban people of Sarawak. The traditional stories and life philosophies of this indigenous tribe are a major source of inspiration in many of her work. Her fantasy novels 'Iban Dream' (2013) and 'Iban Journey' (2015) are published in paperback by Monsoon Books. The third and final sequel, 'Iban Woman', is expected to be out within the year.

Her love for history, folklore, and primitive technology has also inspired her to start writing historical fiction. She passionately believes that there are many unknown but amazing stories from indigenous cultures in the region that are waiting to be explored.



was born in West Borneo-Kalimantan Indonesia, 23 June 1982 Graduated at the Faculty of Arts, Indonesian Institute of Art, Yogyakarta.

Active in various art exhibitions in Indonesia and learn self-taught tattoo artist over some traditional Dayak Iban tribe, Kapuas Hulu in West Borneo-Kalimantan. Until now continues to
research and study of the Traditional of Dayak tattoos, especially “pantang Iban”.



Budaya Iban Sungai Utik Community is an arts group which is located at Sungai Utik, Batu Lintang Village, Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan. They are art activists, especially art of dance, percussion and oral tradition.

They are well known in the national and international arena through their Begendang Mayoh percussion performance at the XI Seasonal Arts and Culture Festival in Yogjakarta 2013, Cultural Show at Taman Ismail Marzuki Jakarta, Dayak Cultural Festival in Kuching, Malaysia 2015, Year Putussibau City 2015, Pekan Gawai Dayak West Kalimantan in Pontianak 2017, and Festival of Lake Sentarum Betung Kerihun in Lanjak 2017.





Palangkaraya a city of 250,000 people in Central Kalimantan has 50 different dance academies  so is renowned for some of the best traditional indigenous dancing in Indonesia. Spirit of the hornbills is one of those dance academies, how ever the leader Siti Habibah is bringing  15 of the most talented and passionate Dayak dancers,  musicians and singers   from a collaboration of tribes from Central Borneo.

Nine of the fifteen dancers have never been to Bali before and have been practising for months to present their culture to an international audience for the first time. They will mix up dance, music, traditional songs and hold a dance workshop during the day at Arma, and blend young and older dancers together. This will be one of the many highlights of the Indigenous celebration.


Dayak Kanaytan- West Kalimantan

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Samabue Customary School Profile

The Samabue Customary School (SAS) is the first customary school in West Kalimantan, established on February 24th 2016, based in Menakin, Landak district, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. The idea of the founding of this customary school emerged during the "Next Gen Indigenous Peoples" training event, held by BPAN, and Life Mosaic in Sui Utik, Kapuas Hulu district, West Kalimantan, on August-September 2015, followed by 30 youth from all over the archipelago.

Customary schools appear with the aim to continue to maintain the customary territories which there are cultural values that must be preserved continuously.


BATAK TOBA - North sumatra

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Ruma Parsiajaran Traditional Inang Nauli Basa is a Community Based Organization (CBO) which is a learning place and a tool of struggle to revive the Traditional Batak Culture. Ruma Parsiajaran Traditional Inang Nauli Basa was established on September 07 2017. With the vision of the realization of Indigenous Peoples who have the principles, values and identity of indigenous peoples are well preserved for the realization of the identity of the Indonesia as nation, this community is running and moving. Every week, there is always a class of learning, art, Batak Toba culture, and creativity.


Dayak Maanyan



Komandan Studio is a non-profit organization that has purpose to preserve Dayak Ma’ayan culture and develop potential art of Dayak Ma’anyan youth. The name of this studio is abbreviation of “Community of Dayak Ma’ayan Youth” in Bahasa. The chairman of Komandan Studio is Alfirdaus. Some programs of Komando Studio are Art Class (dance and perform traditional instruments), Making traditional handicraft, and Excavation History. They are Dayak Ma’anyan youth who want to promote Dayak Ma’anyan culture to the world.


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Dayak Ngaju tribe is the largest Dayak tribe who live in the river area of Kahayan, Kapuas and Katingan. Reliigi this tribe has been in depth in depth. The ancestral origins of Dayak Ngaju can be traced from the historical writings of the Dayak Ngaju people. In the history of ancestors Dayak Ngaju believed to come from the kingdom which was located in the valley of the southern Yunnan Mountains. Muhammad Syauqi is originally from Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, was born on 18 August 1988. He is son of the soil by the tribe Dayak Ngaju. He is 2013 graduate UMP majoring in elementary school education program study (PGSD). Muhammad Syauqi has had the fortune of performing works with Hatta M Nuri, Toeseng Asang, Tris Sofia Nugraha, Benny M Tundan, AmangFudin, City Art Council (DKD/Dewan Kesenian Kota), Kamau Aboyomi and PRANA. He has attended Hari Tari Sedunia (Dance World Day) Opening by President RI 2013 Jakarta, The movement tribe invention project, Mutant Borneo, Tari Pedalaman Dyogyakarta, Matajiwa act. Rizal and Bali Spirit Festival 2016. Since graduation and leaving Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, and moved to Bali. Muhammad Syauqi has been  a freelance dancer artist and has worked with dance artist around the world, In addition to being a performer, he is a choreographer.

The artist states 'not the physical beauty and body pattern with beautiful movements and full of spectacles of spectacular gestures that are cultivated in the clump of traditional dance moves but a truth, a summary of the story implied from the histories and previous civilizations. That's what can be interpreted as one of the media in uncovering traces of civilization and the destruction of human relationships, animal glory and greed, as well as the hope of immortality that soars and the fragility of intelligent beings. The movement of tradition restores beauty with simplicity.'



Tebo Aumbara is a contemporary dancer and choreographer. He graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar (ISI Denpasar). He has performed and collaborated extensively throughout Indonesia, Australia and Eastern Europe. His diverse experiences range from ancient sacred dance to contemporary dance.

Tebo has been living in Bali for the past 8 years. Drawing inspiration from the rich heritage and the deep spiritual roots of Javanese and Balinese cultures, he went on to study the Sufi whirling dance with his master from Turkey. Whirling is a moving meditation technique developed by the beloved poet and mystic, Rumi. Originated in the 13th-centruy Turkey, it has been practiced as an ancient sacred ritual by the Sufi Dervishes order that follows Rumi.

With over twenty years of experience under his belt, Tebo continues to train rigorously and grow creatively. For him, dance is not only movement but also a path to mind mastering and soul opening. It has strengthened his ability to connect with the greater universe. With a strong sense of social responsibility, Tebo strives to raise public awareness of the cultural significance of tradiional dances.



Yudi is a dancer, performer and choreographer who was born in Bali island. In 2008 he was the“Art ambassador”, representing the province of Bali in Badung and he has been choreographer in many places including Udayana, Cultural Parade of the State Palace “Parade Budaya di Istana Negara RI”, Kodam Udayana,  RS Indera Denpasar student creativity competitions, BNDCC, BUMN Jakarta, “Innovative Bangli”-events, Bali Mahalango, “Bangli greatness dance” as an educator at NGO Cendekia Harapan (Childrens house) in Jimbaran as well as doing lot of private projects on his own.

In JT Life Studio, he is performing Papuan warrior dance, Jaipong West-Javanese dance and Hegong dance from Maumere, which all are celebrating the ancient roots of Indonesian archipelago, its rich heritage, traditions and culture.

The artist states 'a lot of people assume that traditional and modern or today’s art is opposite. Then, it triggers the assumption that traditional things are old-fashioned and cannot adapt to the times, while modern refers to the properties of the renewable (up to date) and always adjust to the development of the times. Thus, the traditional is considered to be crushed with the modern. In the case of the development of art, many people assume that traditional art will be lost to modern art because modern art is considered more capable in terms of satisfying the soul or mind of society. Modern art is defined as art that is born following the motion of the times and always contemporary (renewable).'



I Gusti Ngurah Gede Oka Wiratmaja. S.Sn., more familiarly known as Ngurah Oka, is a Balinese artist from Badung village. He has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (S1) from the "Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar / Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar" and in 2014 he was the founder of Sudamala Art Studio. Right now he is working as a contracted team member in Badung, Bali Cultural Office and always active in various artistic activities in Bali, especially involving the circles of Balinese traditional art and contemporary dance. "Sang Saang" and "Cakkolosal Puputan" are two of his most knows works.

The artists states 'for me, Today's art is a journey of aesthetic process from artists who always want to be different. The differences are displayed both in terms of concept, form and context of the show. Thus, today's art becomes the most actual art in the community because it departs from the results of thinking in the present, so the form of today's work is more on freedom in pouring the artists’ creative ideas which are derived from tradition, post modern, modern, and contemporary to produce the new work.'


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Amoris or Uyau Moris is a musician and sape’ maker who was born on August 31st in 1991. He graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta (ISI Yogyakarta) in 2015. He is also known to have a traditional Dayak Kenyah tattoo throughtout his body. Since he was child, he likes music and play Sape’, Dayak Kenyah traditional instrument. He has a huge vision about education and music that makes him brave to study outside his village.

Uyau Moris started his career in music, especially traditional music started in 2010. There are some achievements that he has gained in a musical career and gone to several countries:Tour 3 countries Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Singapure with vision of Art for the People in 2011. Then, He followed the Dut Dutan Tatto Convention Philiphine in 2013. Then,  in 2014, he followed the International Gamelan Festival Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with his group. In 2015, he was invited with his Band, G Five, at the World Youth Jazz Festival in Kuala Lumpur.In the same year, he was also invited to attend the 2-month French Summer Festival in 7 cities such as the Foklores Do Monde Festival in Saint Malo France, the De Martigues Festival in Mstigues France, Festival de musiques et danses du monde in Maintenon, Danses Festival, Musiques et voixdu monde Felletin, Festival De Montoire in Montire, Festival La ronde des du mains du monde in Ambert France, Festival Du Houblon in Haguenau. Then, in 2016, he was invited again to join the World Youth Jazz Festival in Kuala Lumpur and at the mid-year, he was represent Indonesia in Asian Beat Festival competition, Japan and won 2nd place in Asia. At the end of 2016, he was invited by KBRI (Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia ) Astana Khazakstan together with some musicians in Indonesian Culture concert. On May 2017,  he was performed at World Harvest Festival in Sarawak Malaysia. At the mid-2017, he was invited to the Ottawa celebration Canda150 event by the Canadian embassy of Ottawa. At the end of 2017, he was invited again by the embassy of Chicago United States in the Remakable Indonesian Fair 2017.




Anahera Parata

Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Mutunga, Te Ati Awa

Film and Television Producer, Anahera was raised in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland, New Zealand) by her great grandmother. 

Fluent in te Maori and immersed in cultural practice, Anahera has dedicated her career to supporting indigenous story telling.



Born in 1984, Taryn Beri (New Zealand) specializes in taa moko (cultural tattooing) and contemporary Maori painting. Her journey as a professional artist started in 2008 when she moved to Gisborne to study at Toihoukura Maori Art School where she learned for one year. Following that, she began an intense one-on-one taa moko apprenticeship on the East Coast of New Zealand with a tohunga (master/expert) cultural tattooer. For three years she learned the tikanga (protocols), culture, techniques, patterns and designs associated with the cultural practice of taa moko. In 2011, she also studied Matauranga Maori (traditional knowledge) for one year at Te Wananga o Raukawa. 

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Grammy award winning featured soloist and Maori musical instrument specialist Jerome Kavanagh (Poutama) hails from the Mokai Patea, Maniapoto, and Kahungunu tribes of Aotearoa, New Zealand, as well as the Caomhanach clan (Irish). He was first introduced to the sound of taonga pūoro at aged 16 by one of his aunties. A family owned koauau (Maori cross blown flute) was the first instrument he recalls learning to play. Maintaining his strong roots, Jerome has become part of a movement introducing Maori music, art and culture to the world. Over his career he has performed/recorded with artists from a variety of different genres which range from Hip Hop to Classical. His collaborations include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (U.K), Moana and the Tribe (N.Z), Daniel Beddingfeild, Hayley Westenra, Joler Gaan (Bangladesh), Kevin Mark Trail "The Streets" (U.K) and two times Grammy award winning composer Christopher Tin (U.S.A). 



Te Akau belongs to the Ngati Huia and Ngati Raukawa tribes of the Otaki region of the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

She is a Te Reo Maori language revitalisation enthusiast, traditional song exponent, and modern day storyteller with a special interest in education, tribal history and matauranga Maori (traditional knowledge). She lives and works within her tribal community and is closely connected with her ancestral place of belonging.





Angela is a Warnindilyakwa woman from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory.  Groote Eylandt archipelago is located on the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, approximately 600km south east of Darwin.

The traditional owners are Warnindilyakwa, but are referred to by their language name Anindilyakwa. There are three Indigenous communities in the archipelago – Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra (Bickerton Island). Growing up on the Eylandt, music and dance is an integral part of daily life.

Ceremony and special occasions dance was always central to proceedings.  Angela is a custodian for her tribe, the Wurramara tribe from Milyakbura (Bickerton Island) and as such has been entrusted by the elders to hold, teach and share the dance of this community.

Angela has enhanced her own passion and skills for culturally-influenced contemporary dance by studying at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. After graduating Angela returned to her community to work with young people to develop skills in both contemporary and traditional dance, as a means of addressing youth suicide
and crime. Angela has developed a number of unique pieces of dance and story-telling work and would like to work with Jade to further develop her concepts for public presentation.



Provoked by her mystical Javanese heritage, Austronesian cultural insights and lifelong connections with indigenous communities, Jade’s captivating work crafts body, space, sound and image to evoke stories of transformation with seen and unseen forces. Worldwide dance studies in ballet, modern, improvisation and cultural forms has ushered an expansive 20 year freelance career with many diverse theatre companies and unique contemporary artists.

Inspired by travel, architecture, film, music, choreographic and somatic practices she returned to Australia in 2005 to gain a Master of Choreography (High Distinction) at Victorian College of the Arts. Her interdisciplinary intercultural performance work is supported by government and philanthropic funding, and has won awards at Fringe Festivals and been shortlisted for Green Room and Australian Dance Awards.


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Kirk’s descendants are from the Mulandjali people in south-east Queensland, Badu Island in the Torres Strait, Germany and Wales. He is the Associate Artistic Director at the Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) Company, Lismore NSW. 

Kirk has worked in film, television and theatre as movement consultant and director on ABC’s My Place, Bran Nue Dae, Krush Legs on the Wall, Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony and Bangarra Dance Theatre – Rekindling Youth Dance Program, to connect Aboriginal teenagers with their culture and awaken their artistic and performance skills.



Merrigimpba Nunukul, Minjerribah is my traditional name meaning the sea eagle. I like to use song and dance, or kunjeil, as a medium for creating paintings through the story of the songlines from the Quandamooka region.

Connecting back to Country and Nature with its seasonal changes is my main thematic force in works I complete in sculpture and painting. These themes guide my artworks, music and educational activities and stem from my cultural background as a descendant of the Jandiwal Nation.

There is a great hunger for the cultural experiences that I am blessed to share, and workshops in the community and schools have been very successful and are a great way to share such knowledge through song and dance.



Shae Duncan is a Kamilaroi woman from Moree and now based on the Central Coast of NSW. She is a graduate of NAISDA Dance College with a Diploma in Professional Dance Performance. Whilst studying, Shae has been on cultural residencies where she explored traditional dance and has performed at such festivals as Message Sticks, Garma, Yabun and Festival of the Brolga.

Shae has toured an interactive kids show “Datlwuy Dreaming”, collaborating with MusicaViva and cultural tutors from North East Arnhem Land to offer cultural awareness to schools. For over 5 years, she has been working with Beyond Empathy as a performer, teacher and choreographer. Shae has a desire to be a role model on behalf of her community for both indigenous and non-indigenous young people.



Jaymen Drahm is a Yidinji, Mamu man from Innisfail, Queensland. He is an accomplished contemporary and Hip Hop dancer with 10 years experience and has led community dance workshops in various projects for Beyond Empathy over the last 4 years including Festival of the Brave in Armidale. In the last two years Jaymen’s contemporary style has fused with traditional dance from his Yidinji, Mamu culture, resulting in an exciting hybrid interpretation.

Jaymen is a founder of the Golden Coastline dance collective, which includes 17 dancers, musicians, producers and photographers from Melbourne all the way up the coast of NSW and up to far north Queensland



Ria is a vocalist, musician, composer and teacher. Born in Melbourne of Australian / Indonesian descent, she draws on her deep respect for the Javanese musical tradition in her original compositions and soundscapes. Her distinct, haunting vocal style also reflects an eclectic range of genre influences, and she has recorded with a diverse range of ensembles – across genres – including contemporary and trad-world, to jazz and improvisation.