UBUD NEWS

A DRAGON LAUNCH The 2018 Ubud Writers Festival, October 24-28, is a most fitting occasion for the launch of a quite remarkable book about the Komodo Dragons. It was Volker Kess’s decision to focus his academic photography thesis on the Komodo dragon that led this extraordinary photographer to base his life in Indonesia. Volker’s interactions […]

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UBUD NEWS

HOW CAN YOU HELP LOMBOK? Want to support Lombok? Ubudian ex-pats and international visitors can help in many ways, most importantly raising awareness and funds to buy much needed supplies. Even if you are only here for a short while, go to the Lombok Earthquake Relief Facebook page and share their information internationally Your foreign […]

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August 15, 2018

HELP LOMBOK NEIGHBOURS As always, emergencies come first! The Bali not-for-profit community has set support programs in motion to help government response to the massive earthquakes rocking Lombok this month. In Bali, the aftershocks have been frightening for all of us; it’s hard to picture how terrifying is for the hundreds of thousands of impoverished […]

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July 18, 2018

WATCH YOUR STEP! It’s that time of year again, when the rains have clogged up and damaged major underground drains, in some places also washing away large sections of pavement on Ubud main streets. And a number of significant religious events on our calendar, including the Islamic Ramadan and Idul Fitri, and Hindu Galungan and […]

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June 20, 2018

  U.N. YOGA FOR CHARITY Visitors, locals, yoga pros and the simply curious will come together at Ubud’s Yoga Barn Sunday June 24 for United Nations World Yoga Day – a special time for the global community to practice yoga for peace. Beginning at 7am with sunrise meditation, sun salutations and sound healing led by […]

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May 23, 2018

WEAVING BETTER FUTURES Commitment works miracles, over time. Ask the 700 families living in Muntigunung on north Bali’s drought-prone mountain slopes, where eight months every year with no rain or other natural water sources make it challenging to survive. The Muntigunung Social Enterprise, formed by Daniel Elber and other big-hearted expats several years ago, has […]

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April 25, 2018

WORLD JAZZ DAY BAND COMP Support the future of Indonesian jazz by heading down to Denpasar on April 29 and 30 – April 30 is International Jazz Day – to the Youth Jazz Band Competition sponsored by Ubud Village Jazz Festival. All the groups must contain three or more musicians – instrumental or vocal – […]

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March 28, 2018

SMILES ARE MOVING Sadly, we come to the end of an era this month, with the closing of Toko Senyum, the great little second hand shop in Sri Wedari Ubud (opposite Seniman Cafe). For more than a decade, the Smile Shop has supported Yayasan Senyum – the Smile Foundation – an extraordinarily successful non-profit that […]

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February 28, 2018

CAMP CLARITY Who doesn’t want clarity in their lives? Our zany musician, singer and all round creative friend Norma Jean Belenky is inviting all of us women to an Ubud summer camp for grown ups. And it’s not just a fun vacation she’s offering – we’ll come home with clarity! Norma Jean wants each participant […]

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January 31, 2018

RIGHT TIME TO VISIT BALI – SOSA Turning ten this year, the respected international yoga organisation known as The School of Sacred Arts owes much of its success to beautiful Bali. SOSA’s founders Simone Mackay and Troy McFadden are calling on all yoga aficionados to help Bali through this challenging period. “We have a deep […]

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