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Bale Banjar Culture Club Lecture on April 8th Explores the Complexities of Trying to Speak Balinese

(3/11/2018) The next edition of the Bale Banjar Culture Club takes place at the Ayodya Resort Bali in Nusa Dua on Sunday, April 8, 2018, featuring Kadek Krishna Adidharma - a talented writer, translator and cultural curator who will explore the trials, tribulations and dangers laying in wait for those who speak Balinese.

Bale Banjar Program Schedule April – June 2018

Sunday – 08 April 2018
The Trials and Tribulations of Speaking Balinese
By Kadek Krishna Adidharma – Writer, Translator, Cultural Curator and Eco Tour Operator

Writer, curator and translator Kadek Krishna Adidharma is an independent voice from Indonesia who writes on art and environmental issues through the lenses of culture, ecology and history. Having grown up in a multilingual environment, Kadek has become a fluent communicator in Balinese, Indonesian and English. In addition, he speaks French confidently and has a basic grasp of conversational Spanish and German. Through his writing, Kadek attempts to bring understanding of artistic, socio-environmental and technical issues, making them more accessible to a wider audience by juxtaposing facts and myths in the full colors of day-to-day experience. Through his translations, residencies and festival work, Kadek has provided platforms and facilitated international exposure for emerging Indonesian & Balinese voices in literature and visual arts. He recently curated the 2015 Read My World Literature Festival in Amsterdam, Edition South East Asia.

“Basa Bali 101 (Way to go Wayan)”

Before speaking, a polite Balinese would first assess his or her position in the community and juxtapose it with the stature of his or her counterpart. Does he or she speak up, down, or sideways? The Balinese mind is trained to think spatially, and to be aware of hierarchy. Kadek Krishna Adidharma will explore: "How does a foreigner navigate the registers of the stratified Balinese verbs and nouns? Where should the foreigner position himself or herself in Balinese society? What are the do"s and "don'ts?"
Kadek will some simple life and linguistic hacks on how to dive into the heart of Bali's emotive language for a meaningful exchange with your hosts on this island.

Sunday - 13 May 2018
A Future for Bali Traditions in a Contemporary World
By Peter J. Wilson and Made Sidia

Two legendary men of the theatre, Australian Peter J. Wilson and Balinese Made Sidia, have collaborated in creating modern masterpieces that include the longest running stage show in the Island’s history at the Bali Agung Theatre at the Bali Safari & Marine Park and the two recently premiered Balinese Living Arts Shows in Ubud.

While music, dance and the fine arts are a central feature of Balinese society, how is it evolving and adapting amidst the din and competition of the “entertainment on demand” era? How do theatre, art and social comment through the arts have a place within arts that are steeped in a wonderful tradition?

Made Sidia and Peter Wilson have worked together over the past 20 years creating innovative ways of communicating Balinese culture based on centuries old traditions, making the Island’s culture accessible to a new generation of both Indonesian and international audiences.

Not to be missed! Two world-class storytellers and showmen at the height of their artistic powers.

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 community outreach 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 starting from 6:00 pm.

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