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BALI UPDATE #092 - 13 NOVEMBER 199
BALI REMAINS PEACEFUL AND CALM
To anyone watching the international news, it appears
the streets of Jakarta have once again become the scene of mass demonstrations.
Students, workers and others are making shows of support or opposition
for the work of the special session of the Nation's Parliament now underway.
Discussions affecting basic civil rights and the procedures that will
determine how the Country's future leadership will be elected are being
deliberated and many people are taking full advantage of their long-suppressed
right to express their opinions.
While the people of Bali, together with the rest
of the Nation, watch with great interest the political developments in
the Capital, the situation in Bali itself remains calm and unchanged.
In stark contrast to the political frenzy taking
place in Jakarta, Bali has marked the past two days with the beginning
of a 10 day ritual-cycle which commenced last Tuesday with "Galungan"
and will end 10 days later with the festival of "Kuningan."
During this period, every Balinese feels compelled
to return to his home village for prayers and offerings that commemorate
ancestors and celebrate the victory of good over evil - the triumph of
man's noble instincts over his more basal emotions. This is an bi-annual
celebration of the renewal of the Balinese spirit, during which the type
of unrest and acrimony now taking place in Jakarta is largely unthinkable.
While Bali take's no perverse pleasure in Jakarta's
continuing turmoil, we know that our island is indeed different and continues
to be a very safe destination for world tourism.
On a personal note, my family arrived last night
from the United States for a 3 week visit to Bali. Against the backdrop
of the news from Jakarta, a second thought was never given to the safety
of their visit, firm in the knowledge that the local Hindu-Dharma culture
offers a very safe haven to travellers from every corner of the World.
Bali: as safe for our families as it is for yours.
THE CHEDI HOTEL PRESENTS
I Gusti Mangu Putra, voted one of Indonesia's 10
best artists at the ASEAN Arts Awards of 1994, will be exhibiting his
works at The Chedi, Ubud from November 21 1998 until January 4, 1999.
Born in Sangeh in 1963, Mangu Putra's presents dreamlike
landscapes rendered on canvas using unusual texturing materials which
can include such materials as pasta and glue. A graduate of the Institute
of Indonesia Arts in Yogyakarta (Central Java), this exciting and very
talented artist has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions
throughout the region.
The Chedi, Ubud, is one of the island's premier hill
resorts, located on the banks of the Ayung River in the Payangan district
of Ubud. Like other quality hotel resorts on the island, the hotel has
acknowledged the rich cultural life of the local art community and hosts
exhibitions by leading artists as part of the hotel guest program.
For more information, please contact The Chedi at
telephone 62 - (0)361 - 975963, facsimile 62 - (0) 361 - 975968, e-mail
USA OFFERS A NUMBER
OF BALI FLIGHT OPTIONS
TravelAge magazine, one of the U.S.'s top travel
industry publications, in their October 12th edition provided a breakdown
of the air options available to U.S. travellers destined for Bali.
Those options include:
- EVA Airways with U.S. gateways in Los Angeles,
San Francisco, Seattle and Newark via Taipei.
- Thai Airways with a U.S. gateway in Los Angeles via Bangkok
- Malaysia Airlines with U.S. gateways in Los Angeles (via Kuala Lumpur),
and Newark (via Dubai and Kuala Lumpur).
- Singapore Airlines with U.S. gateways in Los Angeles, San Francisco,
New York and Newark via Singapore.
- China Airlines with U.S. gateways in New York, Honolulu, San Francisco
and Los Angeles via Taipei.
- Cathay Pacific Airways with U.S. gateways in Los Angeles, New York and
San Francisco via Hong Kong.
A travel hint. America is almost exactly half-a-world
away from Indonesia. Visitors from America's East Coast and Midwest might
consider a trans-Atlantic route to Bali. The total travel time is often
less than travelling across the Pacific.
BALI PROMO PREPARES
In an article carried in the Thursday, November 12
edition of the BALI POST, BALI PROMO's Chairman, Mr. Luther Barrung spoke
of growing cooperation between BALI PROMO and the Government's Cultural
Service in an effort to make the annual Bali Art Festival a truly international
Working together with BALI PROMO, plans are now underway
to market the BALI ARTS FESTIVAL to the World as an "added benefit" for
tourists visiting the island during the Festival, traditionally held in
June of each year. Bali Promo plans to have promotional material on the
arts festival available for distribution at the ITB 1999 in Berlin in
March and the PATA MART scheduled for Singapore in April.
The same article also mentioned that plans are underway
for a "Safari Bali Promo" which will send members of the local travel
trade to key markets to meet with their industry partners and include
press luncheons and cultural evenings.
Details to follow.
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