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  • AUGUST 2016
    • Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2016

      Date: 12-13 August 2016
      Location: ARMA Museum Ubud, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

      The Ubud Village Jazz Festival returns mid-August this year, once again bringing together a lineup of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. This year's community Jazz concert carries the theme, 'Embracing Uniqueness' and among the notable artists slated to perform this year include the East West European Jazz Ensemble featuring Gregory Gaynair from Germany, Peter Bernstein from USA, Piotr Orzechowski from Poland, Youn Woo Park Trio from South Korea, and a big lineup of Indonesian performers such as The Daunas, Arman & Penina, Bali Gypsy Fire and Mia Samira. The festival will once again take place on an open stage at the ARMA Museum in Ubud. For ticket inquiries, contact main promoter ANTIDA Music Productions, at +62 (0)812 3637 1982.


      Bali International Triathlon

      Date: 14 August 2016
      Location: Sanur

      The prestigious triathlon is back in its ninth year this year, but will feature a new course, starting and finishing in Sanur. The triathlon will be part of the week-long Sanur Village Festival that will take place in the same month, August 24-28. The race will feature an Olympic Distance Course with male and female divisions, a Sprint Distance Course and a 5k Fun Run.


      Jazz Market by the Sea 2016

      Date: 19-21 August 2016
      Location: Taman Bhagawan, Tanjung Benoa

      Jazz Market by the Sea is an annual community cultural and musical event, held at the beachfront garden of Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa. Now in its 6th consecutive year, the festival will feature top Indonesian Jazz artists and performers. Last year's featured Raisa, Tohpati Bertiga, Kunto Aji, Balawan & Maestro, Dialog Dini Hari, Rio Sidik, Jampiro and many others. Head to the venue 14:00-23:00 daily during the three-day event and enjoy side events such as a Culinary Journey celebrating Indonesian cuisine through culinary workshops and traditional cooking presentations. Bring the kids who can enjoy a host of fun activities such as face painting, ocean races, mermaid shows, bouncy castles and more.


      Indonesian Independence Day

      Date: 17 August 2016

      This marks Indonesia's 71st year of independence. The day is celebrated on August 17, when red-and-white flags adorn the street sides and flag raising ceremonies take place at government offices and a major ceremony takes place in Jakarta, attended by the state head and officials. Households and communities throughout the archipelago also post flags and decorations at front of houses. Some communities also hold sack-run races and other revelries in the spirit of nationality. Check out your hotel's food and beverage highlights for some Independence Day promos and menu specials that usually feature national culinary delights.

      Sanur Village Festival

      Date: 24-28 August 2016
      Location: Sanur Village, Sanur

      Marking its 11th annual festivity this year, The Sanur Village Festival attracts large numbers of international visitors to this small coastal village east of Denpasar. The organizers put in much communal effort to make the annual event bigger by the year and feature an array of water sports activities in its week-long agenda, celebrating its coastal heritage. This year's festival is slated to feature a SanurRun on 23 August, a Sanur Creative Expo, Agro tourism Expo, music performances and art on 29 August, and a highly anticipated cultural street parade. There will also be a culinary festival featuring heritage cuisine, as well as fruit and ice carving. Balinale will also be a feature with short movies every afternoon between 29 and 30 August at the Bali Beach Golf Course.


      Legian Beach Festival

      Date: 26-29 August 2016
      Location: Jalan Pantai Legian, between Jalan Melasti and Jalan Padma

      This year's 'Lively Legian Beach Festival' is slated for the end of August, present its annual offering of fun activities, day and night. The festival will be set along the 700m long Legian beachfront, starting from the beach in front of The Stones Hotel and all up towards the Padma Resort. This year's event is organized by the Legian village community and is supported by the Indonesian Tourism Board, and will feature various games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars over its four days.


      The 5th Maybank Marathon 2016

      Date: 28 August 2016 2016
      Location: Keramas, Gianyar

      The annual Maybank Marathon returns to the flat road and rolling hill course that traverses several villages within the Gianyar regency in East Bali. The marathon's race day is on Sunday, 28 August, and comprises several categories, namely: a Full Marathon (42.195Km), a half marathon (21.0975Km), a 10K, and a fun sprint category for kids. The course chiefly runs through the main bypass road of Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, traversing the villages of Saba, Pering, Belega and Bona, then back down via the villages of Keramas and Medahan.


  • SEPTEMBER 2016
    • Galungan

      Date: 6-8 September 2016

      The second Galungan occurrence this year, the major local holiday is when Balinese Hindus commemorate the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples on February 10. The eve on February 9 sees all Balinese households busy in preparations, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural produce, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These 'penjor' poles symbolize blessing by Mother Nature. These ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The following day, Umanis Galungan, is a day for friendy visits to neighbours and relatives.

      Batukaru Temple ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary

      Date: 8 September 2016

      Batukaru Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Thursday after the Galungan celebrations. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages in Wangaya Gede and all over the island flock to this mountain temple for prayers.

      Kuningan Day and Sakenan Temple's ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary

      Date: 17 September 2016
      Location: island-wide and Sakenan Temple, Serangan Island, South Denpasar

      Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations.

      Mekotekan Rituals

      Date: 17 September 2016
      Location: Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung

      This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war. Each of the pole ends are combined in mid-air forming a dynamic pyramid where to friendly opponents climb up this mountain and face-off at the peak.

      Tanah Lot Temple ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary

      Date: 21 September 2016

      Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most significant sea temples on the island, celebrates its biannual ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary, which coincides every Wednesday on a Langkir cycle on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages and all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight to see on this sacred offshore sanctuary with its famous sunset backdrops.

      The 10th Annual Balinale

      Date: 24-30 September 2016
      Location: Cinemaxx Lippo Mall Bali, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta

      The annual Balinale will be held at the end of September this year with a series of workshops, film industry forums, free seminars and a list of screening showtimes at Bali's newest cinema. A great opportunity for movie buffs enjoying their time in Bali. There will also be a show listings with 'Filmmaker in attendance' special screenings, with the artists and filmmakers present to introduce their films and meet the audience.

      Ultra Beach Bali 2016

      Date: 29-30 September 2016 (TBA)
      Location: Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Petitenget, Seminyak

      Ultra Beach aka the Bali leg of the world-renowned electronic music festival, Ultra Music Festival, is slated to rock the Petitenget beachfront of Potato Head Beach Club Bali at the end of September. The two-day festival in Bali this month follows on after Japan, and will continue the following months in Ibiza, Chile and Brazil.


  • OCTOBER 2016
    • Bali Vegan Festival 2016

      Date: 7-9 October 2016
      Location: Paradiso Ubud, Jalan Goutama Selatan, Ubud

      The second annual Bali Vegan Festival will be held in Ubud, featuring a three-day gathering with live bands, yoga workshops, eye-opening lectures, the world's best vegan food and everything vegans and health conscious people love. The festival will be held over two areas - the Paradiso Ubud indoor theater and at an outdoor space in the middle of rice paddies with activities, workshops and live music. Head there for their Friday opening party, welcoming not only vegans, but all who love eating healthy, doing yoga, dancing, and celebrating life.


      Nusa Dua Fiesta

      Date: 9-13 October 2016 (TBA)
      Location: Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) complex, Nusa Dua

      The Nusa Dua Fiesta is an annual festival that features a week of arts, culture, sports, music and exhibitions that take place in and around the peninsula in Nusa Dua. The opening day features various art competitions and exhibitions at the beach fronts of the hotels that line the Peninsula. The following days are also filled with diving tours, children's carnivals, charity gala dinners and various live modern and cultural entertainments for the public. This year's Fiesta will mark its 17th year running.


      Tirta Empul Temple Piodalan Anniversary

      Date: 15 October 2016
      Location: Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar

      The prominent temple complex of Tirta Empul, located in the district of Tampaksiring, serves as a legendary setting for a traditional tale of good versus evil and is a national cultural heritage site. The temple celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary every 'fourth full moon' known as Purnama Sasih Kapat on the traditional Balinese pawukon calendar, which coincides with 8 October this year.

      Perang Tipat Bantal / Rice Cake Wars

      Date: 15 October 2016
      Location: Jalan Raya Kapal, Mengwi, Badung

      This century-old tradition features the villagers of Kapal gathering in front of the village temple where prayers and blessings take place for the full moon of the fourth month in the Balinese calendar and proceed towards the foyer and streets where they divide into two groups armed with baskets of rice cakes called tipat bantal, later flinging their ammo at each other in a very rare and unique spectacle. The event signifies blessings and prosperity for the whole agrarian village. After the battles, the remainders are spread over rice fields.

      Lovina Beach Festival

      Date: 25-29 October 2016 (TBA)

      The Lovina Beach Festival takes place around the village of Kalibukbuk Beach in north Bali and is usually held in October. The festival highlights include a handicraft exhibition and an afternoon opening ceremony filled with a traditional Balinese marching band called Baleganjur and a towering fruit and flower offering or gebogan parade. Performing arts include the Gong Kebyar and Ki Barak Panji Sakti dance that hails from the North Bali region.

      Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

      Date: 26-30 October 2016
      Location: various venues, Ubud

      The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival once again gathers speakers and writers from all over the world in its 12th year this month, comprising an agenda filled with special events, literary workshops, book launches, youth's programs, and community and arts highlights. Main sessions take place at Indus restaurant and Neka Museum - all located in Sanggingan, Ubud. Various other hotels and venues also serve as hosts, the likes of Four Seasons, Maya Ubud, Casa Luna and Alila Ubud. Other fringe events also usually take place in other places, such as in Denpasar, Seminyak and Jimbaran, and beyond Bali such as Makassar, West Java, Sumatera, Papua and Jakarta.