Merdeka Challenge Golf Tournament (19 August)
Merdeka or independence as it is translated to English. It is derived from Sanskrit meaning ‘rich, prosperous and powerful’ a more thorough definition of Indonesia having gained independence from the Dutch in 1945. There isn’t a lot to say about this event except that members and guests are welcome to join in the tournament and enjoy a day of golf and socialising and a celebration of merdeka.
When : 12 pm
Where : New Kuta Golf, Kawasan Pecatu Indah Resort, Jimbaran
Contact : 8481 333 081 945112232 email@example.com www.newkutagolf.com
Namaaz Pop Up Gastronomic Dinner (12 August)
Gastronomic dinners like this crop up occasionally and are a real treat and come highly recommended. Chef Andrian Ishak of Jakarta’s first molecular gastronomy restaurant, Namaaz Dining invites you to a very special evening. Indonesian food is diverse and each region represents different tastes and aromas of mouth watering delights. A 17 course dinner and Indonesian wine pairing is what this evening is all about. You can also experience a weekend getaway which includes the dinner at reasonable price at one of Bali’s top hotels.
When : 7 pm
Cost : IDR1,350,000
Where : Arwana Restaurant, The Laguna Beach Resort, Nusa Dua
Contact : 300 5635 fb.reservations@luxury collection.com www.thelagunabali.com
Ombak Bali International Surf Film Festival (11 – 13 August)
Ombak Bali is one of Bali’s top annual events right on the beach at the famous La Plancha a place that draws crowds any time of year and rightly so with its beach side location and relaxed ambience. The festival credits 3 days of surf film screenings, music and art. Ombak Bali is a platform for surf film makers to promote their work and aims to raise awareness of social issues and the environment by screening thought provoking and well made surf films.
When : 6 pm
Cost : free
Where : La Plancha, Jl Mesari Beach, Seminyak
Contact : 082 14481 6488 www.facebook.com/planchabali/
Pacha Festival (18 August)
This is the first year or first edition of this iconic Ibiza party. This is going to be one of Bali’s biggest dance events in 2017 so book your ticket as soon as possible. The world famous Pacha club will bring its signature red cherries and unique sound to Bali as the sun sets and the day dance party transforms into the ultimate dance party. This is definitely going to appeal to Bali’s dance crowd.
When : 3 pm – 1 am
Cost : from IDR 675,000
Where : Anantara Seminyak Resort, Jl Dhyana Pura, Seminyak
Contact : 737773 firstname.lastname@example.org bali.anantara.com
Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge (18 August)
This event is part of Bali’s Big Eco weekend and Uluwatu Challenge. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Indonesia and Quicksilver this is a week-long surfing festivity. The aim is to promote cleaner and safer beaches while at the same time promoting an active and healthy lifestyle through surfing. Bali is definitely a place to take up surfing and the professionals indeed make this sport look so easy.
When : 6 pm – 9 pm
Where : Uluwatu Surf Beach, Uluawatu
Contact : www.m.facebook.com/events Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge
Sanur Village Festival (9 – 13 August)
This is definitely one of my favourite festivals now in its 12th year. The theme this year is an awakening festival by realising, kindling and sharing the nation’s unity spirit with Bhinneka Tunggal or Unity in Diversity values The festival features music including jazz and a mix of musical genres, art and photography, stalls and food. This is a community event and is well worth a visit on anyone of the above days. Do check out the website for venues and times.
Cost : free
Where : Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel
Contact : 8710083 email@example.com www.snaurvillagefestival.com
Sunny Side Up Tropical Festival (11 – 12 August)
August really is the height of the season in Bali and Potato Head is rising to the occasion with its annual Tropical Music festival with an array of top international artists and DJs covering a wide range of genres. Potato Head is one of Bali’s top venues for famous artists including Ellie Golding, Flight Facilities and more known names that elude me. Performing at this festival are Autograf,Charli XCX, Hot Chip DJ Set, Jonas Blue,Snakehips, Tokimonsta, Troyboi, Wave Racer and more to be announced closer to the date. There aren’t many restrictions. You just need to be 18 and over, book a ticket in advance and the event will go ahead whatever the weather although at this time of year it should be pleasant.
Cost : IDR 1,000,000 (1 day pass) IDR 2,000,000 (2 day pass)
Where : Potato Head Beach Club, Jl Petitenget No 51B, Bali
Contact : 4737979 www.ptthead.com
Ubud Village Jazz Festival (11 – 12 August)
This is another annual event worth attending. Now in its 5th year this festival has got bigger and has gone from strength to strength. The line up includes Gerald Clayton trio (with Joe Sanders and Gregory Hutchinson), Samy Thiebault, Steve Barry Quartet, Koko Harsoe, Glen Buchmann Jazz Academy Big Band, Balawan Batuan Ethnic, B. Good Vogel, Bonny Trio, Tesla Manaf,Ricad Hutapea, Benny Likumahua Jazz Connection, Yuri Mahatma and Astrid Sulaiman. ‘Enjoy Beautiful Music for your beautiful minds’ says their website and it is true. Different music can stimulate different moods. What is evident at this annual event is that Indonesia boasts so many talents in the world of jazz and the community can enjoy this two day festival right in the heart of Ubud. For venues and specific times do check out the website below.
When : 3.30 pm (Friday) until 11.30 pm (Saturday)
Cost : From IDR 440,000 to IDR 660,000
Contact : www.ubudvillagejazzfestival.com
White Party (17 August)
Timed to coincide with Indonesia’s Independence Day is another of Bali’s high season parties not to be missed. Basement Jaxx an internationally renowned London duo will be hosting the White Party with a DJ set, the first time they have performed in Bal. The line up for this year’s white party also includes Roog and Erick E, Loco Hero, Glynn Tandy, KDT All Stars and more. As the name suggests the dress code is ‘white’. This is guaranteed to be one of Bali’s top high season parties where Bali’s Hollywood mingle, stylish and chic and who know how to enjoy themselves. Do purchase your tickets to ensure your spot which you can do at the website listed below.
When: 7 pm – 4 am
Where: Kudeta, Jl Kayu Ayu No 9, Seminyak
Contact: 736969 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kudeta.com/white-party.html
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