The Spiritual Sounds of the Gamelan

By now you might have overdoses on the dynamic clanks and clonks of the gamelan, Bali’s traditional orchestra comprised of several musical instruments. This is particularly the case on “good dates”, or auspicious days, where religious rites take place around the island and the sound of the gamelan echo all around.  Whilst the musical range

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Makepung Lampit Buffalo Race

Another version of the Makepung race, Makepung Lampit, will also take place this month on the 25th. Different from the regular Makepung Race, Makepung Lampit is held in wetlands, where the pair of buffalos pulls the Lampit, or the wooden board, on muddy terrestrial. Inspired by Balinese agriculture, Makepung Lampit signifies the gotong royong culture,

Double Ikat Restaurant : Indonesia on a Plate

Bold, strong and exotic flavours are the driving force behind the burgeoning popularity of Indonesian food. Freshness also abounds in the dishes from across the archipelago with garnishes such as basil, limes, chives, and many others. Up in the Bukit area, Double Ikat dishes up some improvements, adding the sensory excitement in the restaurant’s offerings

Arak Attack : The Making of Bali’s Moonshine

If you think the top-shelf vodkas and whiskies are too soft for your palette or if the local beer finally gets to you, then it’s time to take a trip to Klungkung and Karangasem regencies where you can revitalise your taste buds and help you come away with a different perspective on the island’s own

Cultural Appreciation : Teaching Kids Balinese Culture

Culture plays an important role in how children make sense of the world around them. Children’s connection to their culture develops through their experiences. As adults, we should help them connect with their cultural identity by supplying warm and secure emotional connections. This helps the young minds build a positive cultural identity for themselves, as

Kepayang : Dance The Romance 

Watching a dance performance makes my heart content. And if we trace it back, it is the sweet ripe fruit of days of hard work. For the artist, their sore legs and arms are nothing to compare with thundering applause by the audience. To perform in one of Bali Art Festival’s stage is a big

Touring Tabanan: Lakes, Rice Fields and Botanical Gardens

The green belt of Bali, Tabanan is just the place to go if you long for tranquility and relaxation – and if you would like to experience Bali in its own special and traditional nature. This beautifully landscaped regency is divided into a series of environments. The lowlands are covered with rice fields, while the

Balinese Art Patronage Now & Then

Balinese art has a rich and unique history dating back over 400 years. Originally the work of artisans from the East Javanese Majapahit Empire (13-16th Century), this special narrative style of painting expanded into Bali in 1343 when the Majapahit conquered Bali, introducing the Hindu culture, and institutions. A Short History of Balinese Art The Kamasan

Villa De Daun Rebrands as Alaya De Daun Kuta

Alaya Hotels & Resorts has announced the highly anticipated rebranding of Villa de daun to Alaya Dedaun Kuta that went into effect as of last month. This move marks the consolidation of the Alaya brand, which currently has two additional boutique resorts located within the cultural heart of Ubud. With its new name and subtle

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