Culture

The Myth of Bali’s Monkey Soldiers

Culture | Apr 16, 2019

Bali is a paradise island where tribes of monkeys dwell. These monkeys, some playful and others cheeky, are most than just species that occupy the island’s forests and trees. One Bali myth shares an interesting story of of our furry, long-tailed friends. Those who have visited Pura Uluwatu temple may have heard stories about the […]

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Bali Art World Personalities : Meet Ruth Onduko

Art In Bali | Apr 07, 2019

The 2008 GFC (global financial crisis) spelt disaster for the Bali art world. The Indonesian art market, after a record boom, went to bust with collector’s buying immediately slowing, galleries around the island closed, while others wound down their activities. The woes continued with a decrease in tourism and smaller holiday budgets – luxury items […]

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Genesis Creative Center: Indonesia’s First ‘Artists Co-Working Space’ Opens in Bali

Art In Bali | Apr 05, 2019

A brand new take on the ‘co-working’ model now common around the world has just emerged in Bali. Genesis Creative Center, found in the up-and-coming area of Canggu, elevates the co-working concept and applies this to the creative industries, offering a multi-disciplinary space for those working in the arts. Bali is an island of creatives: […]

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The Royal Politics of Leftover Food in Bali

Culture | Apr 04, 2019

It would be interesting to make a survey, and hence know for sure, what you readers really know of Balinese cuisine. Excuse my arrogance, but I am pretty sure that many of you, when thinking of Balinese cuisine, have something in mind that did not exist forty years ago. Yes, much of what you find […]

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April 2019’s Temple Anniversary Calendar

Culture | Apr 02, 2019

Bali has been dubbed the ‘Island of the Gods’, but could just as easily be referred to as the ‘Island of a Thousand Temples’. These temples, being sacred sites for the Balinese Hindu as worshipping places, are also important features on the island’s calendar of events and festivities. Bali’s unique calendar system, known as pawukon, […]

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Boys will be Girls

Culture | Apr 01, 2019

It’s late at night at the Pura Dalem in Penestanan.  The Maestro, AA Gede Bagus Mandera Earawan  famous dancer, and choreographer extraordinaire, had invited us to come along and see his troupe of male legong dancers perform their intriguing version of Bali’s most iconic dance.  It was a rare treat both for us and for […]

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Emerging Balinese artists tour Netherlands cities as a part of the TiTian Prize

Art In Bali | Apr 01, 2019

Yayasan TiTian Bali – the TiTian Art Foundation (YTB) – was inaugurated 29 January 2016 at Bentara Budaya Bali Cultural Center, Sukawati. Since its introduction onto the Bali art landscape TiTian, pronounced “titi – an” meaning “stepping-stone” in Balinese, has captured the attention of the Balinese art world with its exceptional program of exhibitions, workshops, […]

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Poo Means Luck Here in Bali

Culture | Apr 01, 2019

First of all, we highly recommend that you not to read this story while having a meal – especially those with vivid imaginations. It is already common knowledge that the droppings of cows helps to make soil fertile. This is of course the very reason a visit to the Bali countryside has us holding our […]

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Bali’s Mangrove Swamps

Culture | Mar 23, 2019

There is one element of the forest ecosystem that is very accessible, but until recently hardly noticed. These are the humble mangrove swamps. Mangrove trees are not very pretty and grow in ill smelling places, so they can be easily passed by in favoUr of more ‘aesthetic’ trees. But ecologists see these trees as primadonnas […]

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Cultural Nights at the Ubud Palace

Culture | Mar 22, 2019

Puri Saren Ubud, popularly known as the Ubud Palace, is the witness of all changes that has been through by this artistic village, which is perhaps more suitably called a vibrant town now.  Situated at the heart of Ubud, the palace is the place for cultural connoisseurs. The beautiful compound that was built in the […]

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