Honoring and Protecting Our Artists and Friends

Enormously spirited, free of charge, a fixture on the Denpasar calendar and favorite of informed travelers, the 2021 Bali Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali) was hanging in uncertainty right up to press time. It was originally hoped that this, one of the world’s longest running cultural festivals, would begin next week with the annual wild […]

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Let the Games Begin!

The government is pouring aid into a chosen series of festivals, in anticipation of Bali opening to international tourists, but happy to welcome domestic tourists, and YOU are invited. These art, culture, sports, and entertainment events have been talked up on every tourism website, but specifics are subject to change. I add my comments to […]

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Local Artisans All In One Place

Show of hands, please, for who’s here from Jakarta? Any expats from Bandung? Surabaya? All law-abiding long-stay-holders are welcome here. You are thanked for making Bali your refuge from the pandemic, for wearing your mask, washing your hands like your neighbor’s life depends on it (which it does), and for avoiding crowds. You’re shopping with […]

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BaliCore: Relief for Remote Villages

Lucky readers who are perusing this issue of the Bali Advertiser, poolside in Canggu, or in an Ubud home office overlooking a grove of shimmering palms. You did it! You found a way to get fresh coconuts for a song, you’re surfing beautiful breaks, and maybe you’re having a tough time not gloating about it […]

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Survey Party – BYOB

As the Bali Advertiser is now fully online, readership is world wide. For those of you in Singapore, you can take this opportunity to see the work of Bali-based American artist Ashley Bickerton. He runs a wild creative commentary on the various issues confronting him in Bali and in his adventures in the art world […]

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Resolutions?

Happy New Year! Maybe this is the year to improve our health and immune system? Contribute to Bali in a new, meaningful way? Collect some wild new local art? Finally see what the Balinale is all about? For local tips,you’ve come to the right place! Give your body extra nourishment from a time-honored Javanese recipe! […]

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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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