Have Yourself an Arty Little Christmas

Might seem more than a bit early to talk about Christmas shopping, but some long-range planning is essential when it comes to happier holidays. A super way for Bali expats to give Xmas gifts that will be cherished, used, and enjoyed (and, importantly, not cast off or re-gifted) is to just make a point of […]

Read more

Arts Making A Difference

The Balinale (Bali International Film Festival) opens September 24! The importance of this festival is undeniable, with a record number of Indonesian film submissions this year. As always, the Balinale opens with its accompanying BalinaleX, the industry-insider, no-holds-barred, round table meetup of seasoned Hollywood players, local talents and Indonesian studio heavies. This is a key […]

Read more

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

At last! The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is calling for volunteers. Arguably the best gig for a Bali insider, the only rule is, show up and do your very best for the team, your reward bring a pass to the daily scheduled discussions and interviews. This is the place to see the world’s hottest […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more