Aren’t You Glad You’re Not in China? (Or: Art and Culture Close to Home)

The future of Balinese art is looking healthy! Celebrating its 4th Anniversary, Yayasan TiTian Bali (YTB) continues to celebrate Bali’s visual artists and their creations. The foundation’s TiTian Art Space in Ubud is displaying the works of this year’s top Balinese artists right alongside some excellent young Balinese artists in their own delightful exhibition of […]

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The Celebrations Never Stop!

* Lunar New Year starts 25 January with a new 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac marking the Year of the Rat!  Call ‘em savvy or superstitious, those who adhere to Chinese culture may advise you to assure prosperity and health in the year ahead: Get all your debts paid by the 23rd and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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