Lumbung in Western Sydney

09 November —
18 November 2023
Lumbung in Western Sydney

Arab Theatre Studio (ATS) and Pari, in collaboration with Gudskul, warmly invite you to a series of nongkrongs (hangouts), cookups, workshops, sharings, gatherings and events on Dharug Country in western Sydney, with friends near and far.


Lumbung in Western Sydney will host some of our collaborators from documenta fifteen to Dharug Country for the first time to connect and share with local friends. Meaning ‘rice barn’ in Bahasa Indonesia, lumbung references a traditional method of communal rice storage and sharing. Practiced by the participants of documenta fifteen, lumbung is a framework for sharing resources, sustainability and community support.

We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many in our communities. We invite you to cook, eat, hang out and sing with us, to ground ourselves in the importance of coming together.


Lumbung in Western Sydney will involve the following collectives: Gudskul (Indonesia), Floating Projects (Hong Kong), Kolektif Hysteria (Semarang, Indonesia), Lifepatch (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Sudut Kalisat (Kalisat, Indonesia), Tindakan Gerak Asuh/TIGA (Malaysia) and Tonjo Foundation (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

This program is an extension of ATS and Pari’s participation in Sekolah Temujalar, Gudskul’s artistic contribution to documenta fifteen last year.


Gudkitchen “Western Sydney edition” is an open kitchen run collectively in the courtyard of Pari. Created by Gudskul and experiencing many variations over the years and around the world. The mobile kitchen carts are built by Kit Wu-Bylett with assistance from Casey Ayres, inspired by street vendor style in Jakarta, where Gudskul is located. Gudkitchen is proudly supported by Utp.

For the full program of Lumbung in Western Sydney, visit Pari's website.


Many thanks to our Lumbung in Western Sydney collaborators: Think +Do Tank, Utp, PHIVE Parramatta and Konfir Karbo. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body. This project has been supported through a City of Parramatta Council Community Grant. Gudskul, Kolektif Hysteria, Lifepatch, Sudut Kalisat and Tonjo have been supported by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbudristek), Indonesia. TIGA has been supported by Utp.

Cover image: Garry Trinh