Home for the Holidays

Joey Alexander, Bali’s young jazz piano virtuoso who can claim Herbie Hancock as a fan, nominated for a Grammy at age 13, will be giving a performance backed by bass and percussion on 5 December at Canggu’s Hotel Tugu. Rp500,000 nett is the price per person. Tapas are included, beverages are not. Cash bar opens […]

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BYO to Virtual Ubud

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival isalive and well and readers anywhere in the web-connected world can take part in this extraordinary feast next week. From 29 October to 8 November, the epicenter of the contemporary literary world is Ubud’sKembali 2020. That theme directly speaks to Bali’s rebuild, and the festival gives local talent a […]

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Mala

Have you noticed? Indonesia is rapidly gaining a global audience for her arts and letters. The spark ignited in 2015 at the massive Frankfurt Book Fair, which chose the theme of 17,000 Islands of Imagination. Indonesian writing and culture took center stage, and emerging writers and poets were feted for their rich contributions to world […]

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Year of Living Differently

In our very own year of living differently, Culture and Art continue on virtual stages. To maintain a high degree of civilization and sanity, I urge readers to keep each other informed of these happenings as you discover them. Again and again, it can be observed scientifically that people do better when surrounded with beauty. […]

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Accessing a Little Art in the Time of Corona

While we remain in the CoVid19 state of emergency, staying connected to art and culture is wonderfully feasible. Here are some ways to do this. This issue date (1 July) might afford prompt readers one last chance to log into Jakarta’s Museum MACAN’s artwork raffle called ArisanKarya, and buy a Rp1 million ticket that will […]

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Festivals On The Horizon!

At deadline, the ministry of tourism was holding to an October target for the reopening of Bali and Jogjakarta to foreign tourists. This means we can begin counting on certain late-in-the-year festivals, cultural events, and art exhibitions to go ahead. Your planned attendance to this year’s cultural offerings obviously bodes well for the economic prosperity […]

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For Love of Man, For Love of Bali

While Indonesia and the world must bravely deal with CoVid19, several events in the arts and local culture have had to be cancelled in the interest of public health and safety. The wonderful June-July Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, so large it had to be canceled quite some time ago, vows to return next year. […]

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Gotong Royong! Are You With Me?

To ensure Bali’s cultural survival, we are well advised to follow Joko Widodo’s request to help each other and work together (gotong royong). Deadlines are tricky things. As CoVid19 conditions change each day, a writer can’t know on March 26 what people on April 8 will be facing. This month’s Mala is a call to […]

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New ideas for the New Year!

Nyepi’s silent curtain between the old and the new, is a time of reflection and renewal. Bask in the gentle technology-free transition following the noise of Ogoh-ogoh events. Take a ritual cleansing dip in the sea on the morning of March 26 and then emerge that evening for Indigenous Film Night’s premiere as outdoor cinema! […]

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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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