Agni Hotra Ceremony (13 November)
The Agni Hotra ceremony allows guests to journey into sacred traditions and witness the healing benefits that occur and to convene in the spirit of one. Balinese priests will lead the ceremony under the light of the full moon. Agni is fire and Hotra means healing. This healing fire ceremony is considered one of the highest Vedic rituals. Specially trained priests make offerings of ghee and grains into the fire while reciting Sanskrit mantras to invoke blessings of health and abundance. Participants are also invited to join the priests at specified times with offerings of rice into the fire, as symbol of divine light. The ritual is for energizing and purifying the environment, healing both the participants and those living in the area. These ceremonies are crucial and are not to be taken lightly. Bali continues to thrive in abundance and harmony and rituals such as these are great for the community to gather together and focus on the healing aspects of these rituals. After the ceremony a 3 course gourmet tasting dinner will allow guests to relax in the comfort of the resort and enjoy a stunning evening. Do call ahead to book as spaces are limited.
When : 6 pm
Cost : IDR350,000
Where : Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, Ubud
Contact : 469260 www.fivelements.org
Architect Exhibition (19 – 28 November)
Anything involving the talents and creative minds of young people is worth supporting. Some of Indonesia’s finest young architects will be displaying their projects during this week longexhibition. It is worth coming along to see what is in store for the future. Budding architects are also invited to go along and have a look and seek ideas and inspiration from those who have put together their knowledge, skills and talents and contributed to the displays at the exhibition.
Where : Uma, Seminyak, Jl Drupadi, Gang, Kahyangan No 20XX, Seminyak
Charcoal Workshop (19 November)
‘Creativity takes courage.’ Henri MatisseIt said it and it is true especially in education. It is always great to be able to develop artistic skills and art knows no boundaries. This is a specialized workshop focusing on charcoal. You will learn the importance of charcoal, and how to make charcoal from off-cuts material and twigs in the environment, part of the lagi lagi programme. Participants are required to bring their own twigs and wood from various tree types and a sketch book. Places are limited and registration closes on 17 November.
When: 10 am – 12 noon
Where: Cushcush Gallery, Jl Teuku Umar Gang Rajawali No 1A, Denpasar
Contact: 242034 081 89152130 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cushcushgallery.com
Cosplay Pesta (19 November)
The Japanese have been visiting Bali for many decades now and visitors from Japan rank one of the highest in numbers. It is no surprise that the goal of this event is to promote the collaboration of both Japanese and Balinese culture. Cosplay is a symbol of Japanese culture and combined with Balinese culture a dynamic fusion of song happens when two unique cultures merge together. My understanding is that this event is a singing contest karaoke style and the results are announced at the end of the evening. The God of Water is the theme of this event and the winner of the competition will be blessed by the God of Water. Japanese style food stalls will be in abundance all cooked with tender loving care by Japanese chefs. If you fancy a bit of Japanese and Balinese fusion this definitely the place to be. The resort is impressive too!
When : 4 pm – 10 pm
Cost : free
Where : Watermark Hotel, Kedonganan, Jimbaran
Kirtan Music and Mantra Workshop (10 December)
A mantra originally found in both Hinduism and Buddhism is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Mantras can be like medicine for the soul. When a word or phrase is repeated to form a mantra, we affirm it to ourselves and allow it to seep below the surface, into our subconscious and help to shift negative habits and patterns into positive ones. I am sure readers have their own mantras. I know the one that springs to my mind is the ‘I can do this!’ However, this is an opportunity to go beyond the basic form of mantras to experience the healing power of the sacred sound of ancient Mantras and Kirtan music which is at the root of the devotional aspect of Bhakti Yoga. A workshop focused on the use of Mantras, chanting and basic instrument arrangements for Kirtan sessions will be held during the course of the day. The session will be held at the very lovely Desa Seni in the heart of Canggu. Antonio Albagli will be hosting the workshop and will be there to offer guidance, support and answer questions that may spring to mind during the course of this calming and healing session. A curiosity for devotional music is ideal but other than that no musical knowledge is required. It is always advisable and of course courteous to call and let them know you are coming but I know that often the daily grind of life gets in the way so just in case you forget it is not going to be a problem. Walk ins are welcome!
When : 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Cost : IDR 435,000
Where : Desa Seni, Jl Subak Sari No 13, Canggu
Contact : 844 6392 email@example.com www.desaseni.com
The Yak Awards (2 December)
Here they are again Bali’s answer to the red carpet awards, BAFTA, the Oscars, you name it one of Bali’s top events in the calendar. The awards have gradually moved towards the end of theyear which makes a lot of sense as we round up the year in Bali and look at the achievements of people and places around town. Categories this year include best new comer, best photographer, best designer, best social media, best restaurant, best bar, best chef, best wine list, best sunset venue, best DJ, best retail space, best resort, best villa, best event, best ad campaign, best brand, Yak man and woman of the year, outstanding achievement award and finally best community service award. Just go to the website below to cast your vote as this is open to all readers and the community. I just love the theme this year, The British Invasion and indeed it has been a significant year for Britain with the queen’s birthday celebration followed by the sudden shock vote out with Brexit. However, Britain has got a lot to celebrate and that certainly lies in its music industry. The dress code is just that: anything red, white and blue: Beatles, Spice Girls, Bowie, Twiggy, Rolling Stones, Vivienne Westwood, James Bond, Austin Powers, Black Adder, Mr Bean, Elton John, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Rod Stewart, Punk Rock, Mods, Ab Fab just too many to mention so I am going to stop there. The ticket price includes the show, entertainment, food, friends and a whole barrel of fun and laughter. Do purchase your tickets as soon as possible as this is always a popular sell out event which draws the bold and the beautiful of Bali.
When : 2 pm – 9 pm
Cost : IDR750,000
Where : Vue Beach Club, LV8 Hotel & Resorts, Canggu
Contact : 766539 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theyakmag.com
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