Festivals R Us

It’s THE season for organized cultural performances and displays. Extravaganzas like Sanur Village Festival can be great self-guided ventures for your August house guests, and laid-back Tulamben Festival (July 27 – 29) can be a nice excuse to stay a few nights in the northeast and take that wreck dive you’ve been thinking about. Jukung […]

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Enhancing A Green Lifestyle

June 5 is World Environment Day, with more than a billion people embracing new ways to sustainably conserve our resources and protect the environment. Speaking at the Ubud Food Festival, energy and waste expert Aretha Aprilia said that consumers are proven agents of change. She named a few cultural roadblocks to reforming Indonesia’s food waste […]

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We Are Shaping a Positive Culture

The ABC Ubud Food Festival (UFF19) just wrapped, tanpa plastik! What a superb marriage of the good life and elevated environmental awareness! Celebrating Indonesian food from a cultural angle (culinary tourism, reviving heritage fowl, for starters) was great fun for locals and expats, April 26-28. Cooking demo stages and experts’ podiums served up innovative ideas […]

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Extracurricular Learning

Outside of the classroom, here are some unique learning opportunities for youngsters on Bali. Families with children of any age can enjoy art museums and collections to gain inspiration for new hobbies and activities. A treasure trove like Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets in Mas near Ubud can be a perfect outing. In […]

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Art For All

It might be the slow season for tourism, but the hot season for festivals, charity events and culture simply never ends! Ever checked out Ubud’s Onion Collective on Jalan Raya Pengosekan? Nestled behind the street’s D&D Tourist Info, this hostel, work space, and cafe is a great place to connect with environmental innovators and creatives […]

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Wild in the Streets

While dancers and musicians in New Orleans and Rio are going wild with Carnival color, banging out rhythms, and stomping feet, Bali will have its own outrageous parades around the island on the night of 6 March, the evening before Nyepi. Why go half way around the world to see creepy grinning papier-mache faces or […]

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Fascinating Rhythms, Paddyside

Cheers! Mojitos and Bintang and soda water are in our glasses, each catching a gleam of sunset. I’m in a small crowd of NGO workers, musicians and entrepreneurs. Tattered scarecrows, more sculpture than agricultural aid, hold vigil over the vast green padi behind us. This is the accommodation and performance space Omah Apik, and another […]

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INSITU Music

Music of the Balinese gamelan may be familiar and ubiquitous, but there are some (not so quiet) revolutions happening in this art. A fair number of Balinese musicians have long been inclined to try various innovations and new compositions, or to group traditional instruments in new ways, and just experiment and have fun. We didn’t […]

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Rumah Sanur : One Stop Access to Local Creative Scene

  A great way to find out what’s new and exciting from local and other Indonesian artists and creatives, is to visit the creative hub Rumah Sanur and just see what’s on their bulletin board. Better still, belly up to the counter at the on-site Kedai Kopi Kultur, order an espresso from sustainably grown beans […]

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Direct to Bali, World’s Hottest Writers: Ubud in October

Bali’s most high-profile international cultural event, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival takes place October 24 – 28. UWRF is a celebration of contemporary writing and related arts, a networking and workshopping boon to regional writers and readers, and a massively effective draw for Indonesian talents into global readership. Now in its 15th gathering, Founder […]

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