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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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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