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Bale Banjar Culture Club Shapes Up for 2018

Monthly Program of Popular Cultural Lectures Continue at Ayodya Bali Resort in Nusa Dua
Bale Banjar Culture Club at the Ayodya Bali Resort in Nusa Dua - commenced in November of 2018, the monthly series of free-of-charge lectures and presentations on Balinese culture continue in 2018 with an interesting line up of speakers.
Sunday – 11 February 2018
Do you Dare to be a Balinese?
By I Gusti Raka Panji Tisna
A graduate of U.S. and Australian Universities, Panji is a man of many parts: author, cultural expert, lecturer, dancer and internationally certified Yoga instructor all forming part of his diverse and interesting biography. While many fantasize on the idyllic existence of being “born Balinese,” Panji will share the unique challenges and tribulations of what growing up in a Balinese household entails. 
Sunday - 11 March 2018
Balinese Music Demystified
By Vaughan Hatch - Ethnomusicologist
Native New Zealander and ethnomusicologist Vaughan Hatch first came to Bali in 1997 to commence what has become a life-long study of traditional Balinese music. Along the way, Hatch established a Balinese family and founded the Sanur-based Mekar Bhuana musical group dedicated to preserving ancients forms of Balinese gamelan and compositions. Hatch is certain to add insights that will enhance everyone’s appreciation of Balinese Music 
Sunday – 08 April 2018
The Trials and Tribulations of Speaking Balinese
By Kadek Krishna Adiddharma – Writer, Translator, Cultural Curator and Eco Tour Operator
Born in Bali to a New Zealand mother and a  father who was a Balinese Doctor, Kadek Krishna, who was educated in both Bali and New Zealand, is a keen observer of culture. A skilled translator, he will present a thought provoking the look at the proposition that “culture begets language” as it applies to the use of Balinese language in contemporary society. An endangered language that is increasingly less frequently heard and spoken on the Island of Bali, Kadek will provide humorous and insightful examples of the way “Basa Bali” forms the Balinese view of the world and the way the Islanders interact with each other and the world at large. Join his lively presentation that promises to be a real eye-opener on the life and culture of Bali. 

Sunday - 13 May 2018
To be Announced 
Sunday – 10 June 2018
Watching Bali: readings from The Painted Alphabet and Other Works
By Diana Darling - Author
Diana Darling is an American-born writer and editor who has lived in Bali since 1980. She spent the 1970s in Carrara (Italy) and Paris, where she worked as a sculptor. She lives in Ubud in the family compound of her husband, Anak Agung Alit Ardi, to whom she has been married since 1992, the year of the publication of her first book, The Painted Alphabet (Houghton Mifflin), a novel based on a Balinese tale. The New Yorker called it "a little gem of a novel." Since then, she has written for numerous books and periodicals on Balinese culture and society. From 2002 to 2004 she was editor-in-chief of the magazine Latitudes. She is currently a freelance writer and editor. Diana will share excerpts from her writings that reflect a deep understanding of Balinese culture and mysticism. 

Bali Banjar Culture Club
Held on the second Sunday of every month, the Bale Banjar Culture Club is a pioneering effort by the Ayodya Resort Bali to support and encourage a wider understanding of Balinese culture and history.
Each Bale Banjar Culture Club gathering starts at 7:00 pm. Admission is without charge with a cash bar available. 
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