Two Upcoming Events in Bali

One thing I enjoy when travelling is attending festivals, carnivals or fairs. Not only are they a great way to experience the local culture and customs but there is always good food available! Besides, it’s a good way to meet people and interact with the residents. Bali, being tourism generated, has a lot of festivals throughout the year. A majority of these festivals are excellent for families on holiday in Bali and most are a definite must-see mainly because of what they have to offer.

There are two excellent upcoming events that truly are not to be missed. One is geared for those who are just lovers of literature and the other, for those who enjoy the botanical. One of the best events on the island of Bali has to be the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Now in its 8th year, the festival will be held in over 50 venues around Ubud. The theme for this year’s Festival is “Nandurin Karang Awak: Cultivate the Land Within”

The 8th International Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will take place from 5th – 9th October 2011. Since its beginning I have only managed to attend one of these great festivals and believe me it is well worth the visit. What I like about the festival is that is has so much to offer. There is a wide range of writing related workshops for adults such as travel writing, writing for the media, editing and publishing, memoir writing, short story writing and novel writing.

The second event also promises to be spectacular to visit and enjoy; especially if you are botanically minded. The Flower Fiesta – National Festival of Flowers and Plants will be held on Sanur’s Matahari Beach in Bali November 19-22, 2011. It certainly will prove to be well worth attending as 190 different regions from across Indonesia have already registered to participate in the fiesta.