NOW! Bali Podcast

Understanding Bali : An Introduction to the Island of the Gods | Episode 16

NOW! Bali Podcast | Mar 23, 2021

Why is Bali the way it is? How is there a solitary Hindu island in the largest muslim country in the world (by population)? Why is its brand of Hinduism different than what is found in India? Why is it called the Island of the Gods? To understand everything we see in Bali today, it’s […]

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Puppet Masters and the Power of Myth | Episode 15

NOW! Bali Podcast | Oct 17, 2020

Myths, folklore and stories in general are powerful forces. They are vessels in which morals and life lessons can be shared to societies, thus guiding them in the ‘right’ way of being. Myths are an important part of Balinese culture, mainly through the medium of the shadow puppet performance or ‘wayang kulit’. It is the […]

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The Story of Galungan, Bali’s Most Important Ceremony | Episode 14

NOW! Bali Podcast | Sep 15, 2020

Galungan is one of the most important ceremonies on the Balinese calendar. The exact dates of this auspicious day are calculated through the 210-day Pawukon calendar, where the Galungan period will last 10 days. What makes this ceremony so special? What is its history and origins? Host Eddy Speirs shares the legend behind Galungan and why […]

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How the Old Balinese ‘Experience’ Time | Episode 13

NOW! Bali Podcast | Aug 15, 2020

The way in which the older Balinese perceive time, and remember previous events, is not done in a measured and quantitative way – like we do in today’s world. In this story by Jean Couteau, ‘A Question of Time’, he illustrates the interesting way in which time is experienced by Bali’s older generations. Does it […]

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Exploring Art in Bali, feat. Richard Horstman

NOW! Bali Podcast | Jul 13, 2020

Art has a long history on the island, and really was one of the early lures for tourism to the island back in the 1920s, since then the art industry has grown and grown and Balinese artists today find themselves on the global art stage.  To help us navigate the interesting art landscape in Bali, […]

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A New Vision for Indonesian Tourism

NOW! Bali Podcast | Jul 06, 2020

This week, our Publisher Alistair Speirs takes over the airwaves and shares his thoughts and analysis of tourism, and the new vision that Bali, and in fact all of Indonesia, should embrace in order to re-open the industry in the most effective and efficient way possible going forward.  Listen to Episode 11: Available on your […]

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4 Rules for Life, Bali-Style

NOW! Bali Podcast | Jun 22, 2020

“Rules for Life” have become popular book titles in the last few years, with psychologists, sociologist and even celebrities sharing their two-cents on what it takes to live a good life. With that, this latest podcast episode shares what the Balinese Hindu ‘rules for life’ are, focusing on the Purusa Arta, the four principle ‘objects […]

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Embracing and Celebrating Differences in Bali (& Indonesia)

NOW! Bali Podcast | Jun 09, 2020

This episode’s topic is born out of the social unrest surrounding Black Lives Matter (or BLM), and has inspired us to discuss and explore the ideas of embracing and celebrating differences. Whilst BLM is centred around systemic racism in the US, many countries have their own form of ethnic, cultural or religious oppression. In Indonesia, […]

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What Will Travelling to Bali be like After Covid-19?

NOW! Bali Podcast | May 30, 2020

Being stuck at home for so long, the dreams of travelling are keeping many people sane. Something to look forward to. No doubt Bali will be high on the list for many — but what will a visit to Bali look be like, post-Covid crisis? Listen to this article on the NOW! Bali Podcast (Episode 8) Available […]

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Promoting Tourism in Bali, Is There a Right Way? | Episode 5

NOW! Bali Podcast | May 18, 2020

More tourists is always good, right? Not always. What if they don’t care about the local culture, or have no curiosity for the history? Then numbers don’t mean anything. So, how can we promote Bali to attract people who DO care? In this episode we explore what promoting Bali ‘the right way’ might look like, […]

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