August 29, 2018

Jakarta Arts Festival SIPFest – Now through 9 September

Artists from eight countries will take part in the biannual Salihara International Performing Arts Festival, or SIPFest, at Komunitas Salihara in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. The participating countries are Indonesia, Australia, Belgium, Iran, Canada, Malaysia, France and Taiwan. This year’s official theme is Di Seni Senang (Happy Go Artsy). SIPFest is an important event for Salihara since it showcases both seasoned and emerging artists. This year will see modern dance performances, musical performances, including Canadian musician Quatuor Bozzini, Ju Percussion Group from Taiwan and Malaysia’s Toccata Studio. Theatre and art exhibits form also an important part of this festival. This year there is a new program called ‘Lectures as Performances’. For schedule and tickets, check


Soundrenaline at GWK – 8 and 9 September

After 15 consecutive successful events, Soundrenaline is ready to rock the island again with the theme Soul of Expression. This grand event will feature a dedicated space for creators of music, art, photography, and cinema. Soundrenaline 2018 proudly present renowned local and international musicians including Limp Bizkit, Burgerkill, Sheila on 7, Naif, and many more.

When                        : Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September

Where                       : GWK, Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan

Info & tickets           :


Maybank Bali Marathon Race – 9 September

The 7th annual Maybank road race is scheduled again to take place in Gianyar. The race features a combination of flat roads across rolling hills. Runners will experience the Balinese landscape along with traditional art performances by its most hospitable inhabitants along the course. You can still sign up to enter the race in any of the following categories: Full Marathon (minimum age 18 years old), Half Marathon (minimum age 17 years old), 10K (minimum age 12 years old) and Children’s Sprint. Check the website for details on routes, participant’s fees and the great prize money.

When       : Sunday 9 September

Where     : Gianyar area

Cost         : IDR 800.000 – 1.5 million. Discounts for Maybank credit card holders and Indonesian citizens

Contact   :


Lovina Beach Festival – 9 to 13 September (tentative)

The Lovina Beach Festival is held in September each year along Kalibukbuk Beach on the northern part of the island near Lovina. It is a 3 day festival that highlights the traditions and cultural practices of the Balinese people and showcases handicraft exhibitions, photography contests, flower offerings, bull race, puppet performances and plenty of live music. There will also be a lot of food and drink offered at stalls serving local Balinese cuisine and some traditional favourites. A parade featuring music and dance marks the opening ceremony of the event. The closing event includes a traditional Northern Balinese dance performance, the Ki Barak Panji Sakti and Gong Kebyar.

Lovina Beach is about a 3 hours drive from Kuta beach. This presents a unique occasion to stay for a few nights and explore this beautiful part of Bali. However, before setting out, be sure to confirm the festival dates as these were not yet firmly set when this column went to press.


Ombak Bali Surf Film Festival – 12 to 15 September

This is the 10th anniversary of South East Asia’s surf film festival and it will be celebrated with a fabulous 4 days of fun filled with fantastic surf documentaries, action films, art and live music. The festival pays homage to board-riding cultures around the world and presents a line-up of inspiring films on the surf culture, from isolated coastlines of Angola, the northern most shores of Indonesia, picturesque Mexico and the gnarly breaks of Nazarre. These productions go beyond the waves and show how surfing can mobilise, inspire and fuel social change.

When                         : Sept. 12 through Sept. 15 at sunset

Where                       : La Laguna, Berawa Beach, Canggu

Cost                           : film screenings are free of charge

More info                  : www.



Lest you forget, the following events are still ongoing:

Makepung Bull Races – Every second Sunday morning till November in Jembrana. Contact Jembrana Government Tourism Office for more information.


Hot Air Ballooning at The Chedi Club Ubud – Now to November. Book at


Send email to to list an upcoming event.

Copyright © Bali Advertiser 2018