Bali Kites Festival (3 July – end of August)
With the start of windy season the skies in Bali are being populated by kites of all sizes and colours. Kite flying is serious business here, as befits an old practice that started off as an agrarian festival to thank the Gods for abundant crops and harvests. It has evolved into a competitive event that involves entire communities who form kite teams to build the huge kites and compete for glory and prize money. Typically constructed from lightweight materials these kites can reach gargantuan sizes, measuring 4m across and 10m in length, not counting the tail which in itself can reach a length of 100m or more. Some feature intricately carved heads, some look like giant fish or birds.
The main and most famous competition takes place at Padanggalak Beach in Sanur although most villages will stage their own competitions locally. Depending on wind conditions, these contests play out throughout the months of July, August and into September.
When : 3 – 5 July
Where : Padanggalak Beach Sanur
Contact : Pelangi Bali secretariat +62 (0)361 227 610
Linescapes – Art Show by Spanish Artist Cesar Fernandez (6 July)
Deus Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Spanish artist and expat César Fernandez whose minimalist creations elegantly and effectively project balance and purpose while retaining soft translucent properties overlayed with a wholly accessible beauty. César works with the simplicity of a line to generate evocative, intriguing installations and linear compositions, combining four elements -point, line, geometry and space- into a visual statement that leaves you understanding the concept that less is more. Come and meet the artist at the Deus Art Gallery and enjoy free flow drinks until gone by Two Islands Wines & Albens Cider.
When : Friday 6 July at 6 pm
Where : Deus Ex Machina in Canggu
Gourmet Dinner with Vasse Felix Wine (6 July)
The St Regis Kayuputih restaurant is once again orchestrating a coveted evening of gastronomic excellence with Vasse Felix Wine, Margaret River’s founding wine estate since 1967. This exceptional evening will commence with pre-dinner cocktails followed by a 6-course degustation dinner from the award-winning Kayuputi kitchen team helmed by Executive Chef Agung Gede in collaboration with Vasse Felix Head Chef Brendan Pratt. The elaborate menu will be paired with the finest selection of Vasse Felix wine, hand selected by Kayuputi’s sommelier. Event will be hosted by the winemaker Mrs. Virginia Wilcox, 2012 Australian Winemaker of the year.
When : Friday 6 July at 7 pm
Where : Kayuputi Restaurant, St Regis Resort Nusa Dua
Cost : IDR 1.850.000 net per person including wine pairing
Contact : Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone +62 361 300 6786
Jazz Under The Tree (July 10)
If you love jazz you can join the Fendy Trio at Rumah Sanur – Creative Hub and enjoy an evening featuring the Fendy Trio with Fendy Rizk on Bass, Yuri Mahatma on guitar, Wisnu Priambodo on drums. These talented musicians will bring you a mélange of unique sounds, edgy & unpredictable jazz. You can even bring your own instrument – saxophone, keyboard, guitar – and join the jam.
When : Tuesday 10 July from 7pm
Where : Teras Gandum Beer Garden Jl. Danau Poso no. 51A, Sanur
Cost : Free
Contact : +62361 282477
Tumpek Krulut (14 July)
Tumpek Krulut is known as Compassion Day, an event that is celebrated every 210 days throughout the island. As with all the other ‘Tumpek’ days, the event is a type of thanksgiving and is observed by the Balinese to express gratitude for life and life’s blessings and compassion for their fellow men. Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages everywhere and constitute a vibrant tapestry of communal life that is very attractive to expats and tourists.
KU DE TA Extravaganza- Fired UP! (14 July)
Trendy and edgy Ku De Ta brings on another party extravaganza. It’s going to be a massive day of food, music and booze. FIRED UP is an epic food collaboration featuring Burnt Ends and Locavore. This full day event is all about feasting to the beats of New Zealand’s Sola Rosa Sound System, International DJ Ray Mang and the KDT resident DJs play on into the evening. The five-course lunch which is designed to be shared, kicks off with Locavore’s handmade charcuteria and then flows onto the famous Burnt Ends whole pig stuffed with king crab!!
When : Saturday 14 July, from 1 to 10pm
Where : KUDETA Legian
Cost : IDR 650 ++ per person and bookings are essential.
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Makepung Bull Races (15 July – November)
Another colourful tradition is happening on Bali’s west coast in Jembrana, where the Mekepung bull races start on the morning of July 15th and will continue every second Sunday until the Jembrana Cup finals in November. The bulls and chariots, as well as the jockeys are adorned with colourful garb and accessories. Makepung is the name of what is considered a major grand prix in bull racing in Jembrana. The races are held on a total of 7 circuits around the district of Melaya. They lead up to the finals, known as the Jembrana Regent’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup.
When : First race Sunday, 15 July at 7.30am.
Where : Delodberawah Village Circuit
Contact : Jembrana Government Tourism Office
Lest you forget, the following events are still ongoing:
Bali Arts Festival – Pesta Kesenian Bali (To 21 July) a month-long extravaganza of cultural performances and art forms from Bali and other regions of Indonesia at Taman Budaya – Bali Arts Center, Jl Nusa Indah Denpasar. Download the English language schedule from disbud.baliprov.go.id/id/The-40th-Bali-Arts-Festival-2018
Two Intimate Evenings of Jazz at Sthala Ubud (7-8 July) Festival ticket includes welcome drink and snacks pleasure. Tickets and booking – telephone Ratih +62 (0)0855 3909 406 Sisca +62 (0)815 8662 2888
The Yak Magazine Golf Community Cup (July 15) at Bali National Golf Club in Nusa Dua. Book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call +62 361 771 791
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