FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 26, 2015 Contact: Laura Cohn, (610) 529-2083
FROM BALI TO BALA: Learn about Bali and Indonesian Culture
Special Events Highlight Holiday Show and Sale of Imports from Indonesia,
at 8514 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Americans love to travel and vacation, but not often internationally: Only about 36% of all US citizens have passports. While there are reasons for this – including financial constraints or a shortage of time – Laura Cohn believes that we live in a big, interesting world, one well worth exploring. However, for those who – for whatever reason – just can’t seem to leave our shores, she has a great way of building a bridge to Southeast Asia.
Cohn, a long-time resident of Bala Cynwyd, has considered Indonesia her second home for over 25 years, and she is a devoted advocate on behalf of its people and culture. She also has close ties to the many Indonesian immigrants who live in the Philadelphia region, particularly in South Philadelphia. She visits Indonesia every year in order to reconnect with that land, and to explore and purchase handmade, beautiful crafts that she sells during her seasonal show. As she puts it, “When I first visited in 1988, I never thought that sharing Indonesia with my community would become my passion and livelihood. I created my show From Bali to Bala 19 years ago to keep that connection alive by bringing my beloved Indonesia directly home to Philadelphia each year”
Through her annual show, From Bali to Bali, Cohn has planned a full slate of Indonesian-related family events, activities, cultural shows, and more to Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood. They are highly popular, and all are free. This year, they include an opening night party featuring traditional Indonesian dancers; the screening of a documentary on the politics and export of coffee (“Java”) to other countries; a performance of Gamelan music, performed on traditional Indonesian instruments; another nonfiction film portraying the lives of street musicians in Jakarta; a family event – the reading of a children’s book, by a local Indonesian author; and a slide show, by Cohn, of the many beautiful sights of the archipelago of Indonesia.
In addition, she gives residents of the Philadelphia area the chance to take a part of Indonesia home with them. Her show features a vast range of imports that she selects directly from the artists and craft makers she has known for years. The variety of items she offers in her holiday store, From Bali to Bala, is striking, ranging from serene Buddhas and flying goddesses to silver and beaded jewels, colorful fabrics, unusual musical instruments, fun and imaginative toys, and much more, all complemented by Laura’s own contemporary batik paintings. In addition, a portion of all sales go to nonprofit human service organizations in the United States and in Indonesia.
Cohn is enthusiastic. “This year, we have more events than ever. If you can participate in even just one event, you will leave with a unique taste of Indonesia and still be home in time for dinner!”
From Bali to Bala, November 6 – December 24, 2015. Open Tuesday – Saturday from
11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday – Monday from noon until 5 pm. 8514 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19118. 610/529-2083; www.FromBalitoBala.com
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