Events In Bali

Starting on the 11th June and going through until the 9th July, the Bali Arts Festival will prove to be bigger and better than previous years. The Bali Arts Festival opens with its traditional Grand Parade in downtown Denpasar scheduled to kick-off at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2011. […]

33rd Bali Arts Festival

Bali is one of those destinations that is ideal for budget travellers with accommodation to suit and places to eat that don’t scare the shit out of your wallet. Bali also is a fabulous place for those who are, shall we say, less worried about money. The constant infrastructure in […]

The Potato Head Club in Seminyak

I have always been a film buff much preferring indie and noir films to the regular crap churned out of the USA. I do have a few friends who are amateur filmmakers and no doubt the Global Social Change Film Festival will be right up their alley. Indeed, for those […]

Global Social Change Film Festival – Ubud

In Bahasa Indonesia they are known as topeng and indeed there are quite a variety and colour as well as expression to be found in Bali. Over the decades I have collected around sixty masks from across the archipelago and, if you are a collector of cultural items then there […]

World Mask Festival to be Held in Bali

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people […]

Earth Hour 2011 in Bali

Nyepi will soon be upon us (5th March) and already you will notice, if you have been walking around the backstreets, the Balinese busy making their effigies for the parade. A lot of tourists plan their holiday so that they avoid the ‘day of silence’; Nyepi. It’s understandable because it […]

Ogoh-Ogoh Parades in Bali

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali has over a thousand temples and each with its own purpose in Balinese religion. Most Balinese are Balinese Hindu and as such religion dominates every aspect of their lives. The temple is a very special place for the Balinese, not only it […]

When in Bali…Visit a Temple

Today is Chinese New Year, or Imlek, throughout Indonesia and the world. The Chinese communities in the major cities throughout Indonesia, Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Bandung and Yogyakarta, will be holding street parades featuring Barong Sai and many more puppets dancing in the streets and in klentengs (Chinese temples). Not many […]

Chinese New Year in Bali

Whenever you travel to Bali [or the rest of the archipelago of Indonesia] it is useful to know prime dates of celebrations and public holidays. There are certain dates on the calendar when everything is closed; such as Nyepi. There is always a festival of some kind happening in Bali […]

Bali & Indonesian Public Holiday Dates for 2011

I don’t know about you but I reckon this year has flown by as has the decade. Anyway, it’s big-time party time again and the tourist strip will be absolute mayhem with New Year’s Eve reveller’s bringing in the coming year in Bali. Bars, nightclubs and the ilk, in fact […]

New Years Eve in Bali