Help Keep the Paddies Green, a Culture Alive

Love those rare lengths of road where you can drive past wide stretches of paddy fields? Nothing says “Bali” like the image of vast swaths of young rice stalks, ripening to nourish an entire culture. Are you astonished at the rate of rice paddy destruction? Or maybe you’ve given up the grumble and given in […]

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We Need to Talk

Freedom of expression, cancel culture, and political agendas are all germane in a living culture. In the arts we can easily find an increase in political and social content. Curators constantly follow the works of individual artists, are inspired by emerging ideas and creative methods, and try to organize unique events for expanding our consciousness. […]

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So Much to Celebrate!

Bali is back!And we can start celebrating right away with outstanding live music from around Indonesia! March 24-27 in Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, features IMEX, Indonesian Music Expo, a four-day extravaganza of Indonesian music. This has government sponsorship, so it will be grand indeed, with nearly 20 acts listed on the poster. We’ll get a […]

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Isle Be Good to You

Last year, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival screened several films about environmental activism. The most engaging for me wasPulauPlastik. Directed by DandhyLaksono and RahungNasution, three individuals exploreplastic waste and its effects on villages and cities, health, and nature. PulauPlastik uncovered the ugly truth that, right across our narrow Bali Strait, in Java, are many […]

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Brave New World or Brave the World?

 It’s happened!   NFT artwork now has a Bali epicenter at Legian-based Superlative Gallery. We’re talking about a physical, or “offline” gallery serving as a base and connection to the blockchain realm of Non Fungible Token collectibles. This startup offers a platform for Indonesian artists and musicians, putting their work instantly within the reach of […]

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Elevate Your New Year!

Early bird scoop:tomorrow, 30 December,do attend a very special end-of-year moment of appreciation for indigenous art and culture in the form of weaving, crafts, photography, music and food. A free cultural exhibition, workshop, and events are all happening at Indus Restaurant, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, 10:00 am and goes until 6:30 pm. The hot ticket (reservations […]

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Back to Work, In Style

Featured as an architectural wonder in the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival which just wrapped on October 17, Wyah Art & Creative Space is one of those places in Bali which demands a visit. Its bamboo and timber-clad, organic-shaped rooms seem to float magically above the river and trees. Wyah seeks to join the number […]

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Indonesia On The Global Culture Map

Cinemas are open and the Balinale is here, November 11 through 14. Tickets are free-of-charge (with prior registration), and in a great theatre complex, Cinema XXI on Jalan Kediri, at the Parc23 Mall, in Tuban, South Kuta. Nothing beats the immediacy, the intimate emotional experience, of great cinema. This 14th edition continues to deliver outstanding […]

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Get Out and Enjoy – Masked & Vaxxed

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF21) returns in hybrid form. Online and in-person, in Ubud’s gracious Indus restaurant or on your laptop, it’s a week-long happening for the greatest minds in contemporary literature, local and global. This is Bali’s premier annual romp in the realm of imagination, literature, poetry, diversity, and activism! Satisfy your […]

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A Healthy Lifestyle in the New Normal Bali

I cannot make a medical diagnosis for anyone, but I can make some suggestions to enhance anybody’s lifestyle, longevity, and quality of life. If we’re going to ever get back to sitting in movie theatres premiering cutting edge cinema, if we’re going to attend art openings, in-gallery performances, and wild group happenings, if we’re ever […]

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