May 23, 2018

Bali Banjar Culture Club (10 June)

The theme of Bali Banjar Culture Club’s this week is ‘Watching Bali: readings from The Painted Alphabet and Other Works’ by Diana Darling. Many readers may have heard of the novel ‘The Painted Alphabet’ by Diana Darling which is often available in Periplus and other quality book shops. The book is based on an old Balinese poem, a tale of magic, depravity, spiritual ambition, sensuality and love. The Painted Alphabet is a story that collates mythic and modern times, a picture of Bali where witches coexist with tourists and talking animals. The novel is well worth reading and is also available on Amazon but not yet available on Kindle. Diana Darling is an American-born writer who has lived in Bali since 1980 and her novel was published in 1994. Diana Darling lives in Ubud with her Balinese husband and is a freelance writer and editor. She has written for a multitude of publications. This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to Diana Darling as she shares excerpts from her novel and other works that reflect an in-depth knowledge of Balinese culture and mysticism. It is not often an author shares his or her work and this is an ideal opportunity to meet one of Bali’s most prominent authors and find out more about Balinese culture. The Bali Banjar club meets on the second Sunday of the month at the Ayodya Resort.

When       : 7 pm

Cost         : free

Where     : Ayodya Resort, Jl Pantai Mengiat, Nusa Dua

Contact   : 771102   www.ayodyaresort.bali


Crafty Creatures Beer Garden Party (2 June)

Craft beer is at the centre of this party along with, of course, some crafty creatures. Craft beer or microbrews as they are often known have become increasingly popular in the last few years. As a contrast to the big breweries, smaller breweries have popped up making beer using traditional methods of brewing. These craft beers are now popular in many countries and have made their place in Bali and you can taste a number of these at Hoi Polloi. Free craft beer tasting, free flow pizza, drink specials and giveaways will feature all evening long. DJ sets will entertain guests with funky music from the Swedish party monster. The first 50 guests will receive a free Polleeko draft pour, a craft beer from the USA. Hoi Polloi combines a casual beer garden, an air conditioned dining room and the first all craft beer tap wall in Indonesia, not just Bali! Balinese hospitality awaits with an exceptional menu and craft beers from California, Oregon and New Zealand. This is a party well worth attending!

When       : 7 pm – 11 pm

Where     : Hoi Polloi, Jl Arjuna (Double Six), Seminyak

Contact   : 934 3692


Extravaganza (2 June)

Retro night is a journey back to the sounds of the sixties, seventies and eighties, awesome decades for music and musicians. Skal Bali presents its annual evening’s extravaganza with a live band and DJ as part of the entertainment. Skal is a professional organization of tourism leaders from around Bali promoting local and global tourism and friendship. ‘Doing business amongst friends’ is their slogan and lively monthly luncheons regularly attract 100 members and friends with opportunities to interact and expand their network of business partners. The extravaganza party is one of the highlights of the year and welcomes new members to join and network and make friendships with different people in the industry. Tourism touches us all in Bali in some way and this is an ideal opportunity to meet likeminded people who also like to have lots of fun as well as network. The price includes free beer, wine and cocktails until 10.30 pm from which time a cash bar will operate for the after party. There are over 100 raffle prizes and an airline ticket door prize so do bring your wallet. Best dressed will also win a prize and there are plenty of ideas for outfits from the past. All in all this is going to be a fun evening for those involved in the travelling industry. The website gives plenty of information about Skal and there is an opportunity to join.

Cost         : IDR 750,000 (transfer) IDR 800,000 (door)

Where     :   Ayodya Resort, Jl Pantai Mengiat, Nusa Dua

Contact   : 081 999 691981


Summer Tournament (9 June)

The very mention of summer suggests that half of the year has almost gone! For the northern hemisphere June can be the hottest month while in Bali although hot, July and August bring respite from the heat as the winter invades Australia. Perfect weather for golfers and a perfect date! As well as the competition, a Bali national summer welcome drink, a summer barbecue and practice range balls are included. The prizes will go for best net team, best gross team and individual, longest drive, nearest to the pin and line, beat the pro, summer best dressed and lucky draw. The dress code is best summer attire with no tank tops or sandals.

Cost         : IDR1,400,000

Where     : Bali National Golf Club, The Maj Nusa Dua, Kawasan Wisata, Lot S-5 Nusa Dua

Contact   :


The Drop Festival Sideshows (1 June)

Some top talents in the music business will be entertaining guests all evening. Australian rock band Dune Rats and DZ Deathrays will be the stars of the show. The Dune Rats originate from Brisbane, Australia, originally formed by Danny Beausa and BC Michaels. DZ Deathrays are a duo also hailing from Brisbane formed by Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley who released their first album in 2012. Energy, talent and fun are what this evening is about. If you haven’t visited this venue, it is definitely worth checking out and in the day time with glorious views of the ocean.

When       : 4 pm – 12 am

Where     : Ulu Cliffhouse, Jl Labuansait No 315, Padang-Padang, Kuta

Contact   : 081 338812502


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