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BALI UPDATE #1123 - 12 March 2018


Silence is Golden
Religious, Military and Political Leaders Issue Guidelines for ‘Nyepi’ Observances on Saturday, March 17, 2018

In a circular order signed on February 15th by religious leaders from across the Island of Bali, police and military authorities, the Provincial office for the Ministry of Religion, and Governor Made Mangku Pastika - all Bali residents have been reminded that:
  • Hindus in Bali will celebrate the New Year (Caka 1940) with the official "day of silence - Nyepi" and the religious mandated Catur Bratha Penyepian on Saturday, March 17, 2018, that stipulates: Amati gni – no open fires or flames; Amati lelanguan – no pleasurable activities; Amati karya – no work or labor; and Amati Lelungan – no journeys.
  • Non Hindus residing in Bali must respect and honor the purity of “Hari Nyepi” by not venturing forth from their homes for the 24 hours from 6:00 am on Saturday, March 17th until 6:00 am the following morning.
  • Radio, television and cable/satellite broadcasts will not be available during the 24 hours of silence.
  • Cellular and Internet providers are requested to turn off their connections during the 24-hour period of silence.
  • Fireworks, amplified sound and noisemakers are not allowed during the Nyepi period.
  • Hotel are instructed not to host Nyepi-related entertainment programs or other forms of entertainment/amusement in promoting occupancy over the period of silence.
  • Local religious and community watch groups are expected to ensure that the protocols of Nyepi are honored in coordination with police officials.
  • All religious groups in Bali are urged to familiarize their followers with these guidelines and seek their compliance.

Nikko’s Back in Town!
Nikko Brand Returns with Opening of Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach

are excited about the opening of the hotel and the opportunity to once again bring back the Hotel Nikko experience to our customers," explained Jean-Charles Le Coz, general manager Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach during the opening ceremony of the hotel. "The hotel still retains the classic ambiance of a Balinese getaway, but our rooms offer contemporary Balinese design complemented with modern life comforts."

Spread over a 1.3-hectare site, the beachfront hotel has 188 spacious guest rooms and suites across nine categories, including a rooftop suite facing the Benoa bay with a separate living room, and a large balcony with an outdoor tub. Family travelers will soon enjoy dedicated family rooms and suites that feature a bunk bed in a room configuration that can comfortably accommodate two adults and three children.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach offers a selection of dining options including Giorgio - an Italian specialty restaurant; By The C - a beachside bar that serves refreshing concoctions and comfort food; and Bali Luna - an international contemporary dining restaurant and wine cellar bar.

Later this year, the hotel will add a Japanese-inspired restaurant.

For your meeting needs, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach offers two function rooms and a boardroom, suitable to host small-scale board meetings and mid-scale conferences. Outdoor venues, including the poolside area and outdoor gardens, provide an exceptional setting for reception dinners or group gatherings. The beach and garden area are also in demand for tropical weddings.

Related Article and Link

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach Website

Nikko Returns to Bali

Runway Success
Bali’s Airport Ranked the Best in the Asia Pacific Region

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has been named the "Best Airport in the Asia Pacific" in the category of air gateways handling between 15 and 25 million passengers annually.

As reported by NusaBali, the general manager of Bali’s Airport, Rai Yanus Suprayogi, confirmed the most recent in a long string of awards given to Bali’s airport on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

The award was presented by the Airport Council International (ACI) in the ASQ Awards for 2017.

In 2015 and 2016, the Ngurah Rai International Airport was ranked as the third best airport in its size category.

In the latest ACI Awards, Bali’s Airport earned distinction in three categories. First, the Airport was named the best airport of its size in the Asia-Pacific region (15-25 million passengers annually). Second, Ngurah Rai was designated the best airport internationally in its size category. And, third, Bali's air gateways was named second best airport in the Asia Pacific handling more than 2 million passengers per years.

The awards are presented based on 34 separate criteria that include airport access, check in procedures, security screening, shopping and restaurant outlets, and toilet facilities.

“We are both proud and thankful. This is a birthday present that we present to Angkasa Pura I (the Airport Authority). The challenges we face at the I Gust Ngurah Rai Airport are increasingly difficult due to the continually growing number of passengers and the wide variety of travelers handled. But with good synergy among every component of the airport community, we remain optimistic that we can meet the challenges and improve even further. For this reasons, I express my thanks to all our working partners for their participation and active support in giving the best service to those who use the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport,” explained Yanus.

Phone it In
Bali Airport Immigration Office Launches New Smartphone-based Monitoring System for Foreign Visitors

The Immigration office at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has launched a new Smartphone-based application to assist the Government in monitoring foreigners visiting or residing in Indonesia.

NusaBali says the system named APOA (Aplikasi Pengawasan Orang Asia) is being tested at the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office. The head of the information section, Putu Astina Purwanti, explained on Thursday, March 8, 2018, that APOA has been developed by a number of parties to facilitate and ease the reporting requirements for foreigners staying in Bali.

While nationwide the Directorate General of Immigration already operates a web-based reporting system, the APOA system is initially only available at the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office. Immigration officials are now familiarizing the new system to the public, including local accommodation providers.

“We have received a great deal of input from the public on matters related to the monitoring of foreigners in Bali. Actually, a process for handling complaints is in place, but on a website. In the development of APOA ‘next generation’ utilizing Smartphones, an MRZ (machine readable zone) auto capture. The system works by photographing the passport when a tourist visitor checks in or checks out of his or her accommodation. Yesterday, we held a meeting with the team charged with monitoring foreigners to familiarize them with APOA,” said Astina.

The APOA system is expected to ease the reporting requirements for remote and small boarding houses.

Pre-flight Inspection
Power Banks, Matches and Gas Lighters Now Banned When Boarding Flights in Bali

Power banks, wooden matches and gas lighters are now classified as "dangerous goods" that cannot be carried into the passenger cabin on commercial flights leaving Bali.

Nusa Bali quotes the head of the Airport Authority for Bali and Nusa Tenggara, Herson, on Sunday, March 4, 2018, who said the prohibition follows the issuance of an instruction issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation and is in conformance with stipulations published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Aviation Transport Association (IATA).

Herson explained that the prohibition on brining matches and power banks into the passenger cabin of an airplane is connected to past incidents in which these items have caught fire while a plane was in flight.

Herson said an in-flight fire occurred in China when a powerbank exploded during a flight.

The ban on power banks is not absolute. Power banks rated below 100Wh can be carried on a flight. Powe rbanks rated between 100Wh-160Wh must be approved in advance by the airlines. Power banks with a capacity exceeding 160wh are absolutely forbidden inside the passenger cabin.

Oxymoron: ‘Nyepi' Activities
Hotels Reminded to Keep it Dark, Quiet and Very Low Key on Bali’s Official Day of Silence reports that hotels in Bali are allowed to promote “Nyepi Packages” to tourist, providing the accommodation packages over the Island’s official "day of silence" does not contain elements of merriment and party-making (hura-hura).

Tourist should also be introduced to the guidelines of catur brata penyepian. As explained on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, by the chairman of Commission I of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Ketut Tama Tenaya: “For instance, (tourists) should turn off lights and not be allowed to go outside the hotel's property boundaries in order to demonstrate that it is ‘Nyepi’ in Bali. Let them 'feel catur brata penyepian.' If guest are prepared to enjoy ‘nyepi’ in this way – be our guests! It will be great.”

Catur Bratha Penyepian that comes into effect from 6:00 am on Saturday, March 17, 2018, until sunrise the following day stipulates: Amati gni – no open fires or flames; Amati lelanguan – no pleasurable activities; Amati karya – no work or labor; and Amati Lelungan – no journeys.

Tama said guests who fail to follow the traditions of Nyepi should receive strong sanctions. If hotels organize Nyepi packages that invite guests to leave the hotel grounds or create festive activities inside the hotel, such as disco parties, special dining, or organized parties they are then in violation of the stipulations of Nyepi. Tama posed the question that if Bali is able to close its airport, then hotels should therefore be able to follow the rules of Nyepi or face, he threatened, the loss of their operating licenses.

Tama said he hoped the management of hotels in Bali will introduce an understanding of Nyepi – the day of silence, to their guests. The Bali lawmaker also called on local community watch members (pacalang) to take an active role in ensuring hotels respect and observe the customs of Nyepi.

Tama called on Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika to revoke the licenses of hotel that organize parties and merriment during Nyepi.

“Please sell ‘Nyepi packages’ but don’t make parties and festivities. In the past there has been a misconception that people can avoid 'Nyepi' by checking into a hotel where activities and parties will be arranged for them. Loud music, bright lamps – I ask that the situation be made to conform to 'Nyepi' traditions. It would be beautiful if everyone followed 'Nyepi,' including the large hotels,” said Tama.

Governor Pastika announced that hotels must respect local traditions, culture and the religious values of the Balinese and nothing must be done to detract from the very unique character of the Island of Bali and its people.

Will Bali Emails Bounce on Nyepi?
Questions Emerge Over Plans to Turn Off Cellular Network and Internet in Bali for 24-Hours During Nyepi

The recommendation cum instruction from Bali’s administrative, police, military and religious leaders to turn off cellular and Internet service from 6:00 am on Saturday morning, March 17, 2018 until 6:00 am the following day has precipitated a polemic among those in opposition or in support of the new Nyepi rule.

Quoted by, I Gede Pawana, the chairman of the Gunung Agung Association (Pasebaya Gunung Agung) comprised of villages surrounding the Mt. Agung volcano, questioned the decision to terminate cellular and Internet service for 24-hours that Pawana says will complicate mitigation plans. Mount Agung still remains at the second highest level of volcanic alert and is under a round-the-clock Internet-based system.

While Pawana does not want to be portrayed as opposing Island policy, at the same tie he does not want the work of volunteers from his Association disturbed as they deal with the volcano still under a Level-II (siaga) alert status and have them face the risk of receiving very little notice of a possible future eruption because of Internet and telecommunication service interruptions.

“All our information (about the volcano) is Internet-based,” explained Pawana.

Meanwhile, the chief of the data and information for National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Puro Nugroho, told the press that disaster prevention measures in place on Mount Agung would be disrupted if Bali’s Internet system was shut down for 24-hours. He said his agency (BNPB), the Weather and Climatology Agency (BMKG) and the Disaster Mitigation Agency for Geological Disasters (PVMBG), National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), the Mount Agung Association (Pasebaya) and other agencies all use the Internet in performing their jobs.

The plans to turn off hand phones and Internet could also impact some of the following areas:
  • Contact with police, fire and ambulance services.
  • Automated earthquake and tsunami warnings programmed into people's Smart phones.
  • CCTV security systems protecting homes, banks, and businesses that are connected to Internet-based monitoring systems.
  • Internet-based medical health monitoring systems that keep patients in touch with doctors and medical centers.

Bollywood Comes to Baliwood?
Bali Seeks Funds to Host IndianFilm Industry Conference

The chairman of the Badung Regency Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD), I Gusti Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya, said Bali was prepared to host the Indian film industry at the Bollywood Awards 2018 proposed to be held in Bali.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Suryawijaya said, “if this can take place in Bali it will represent an extraordinary promotion opportunity for Bali.”

Suryawijaya says the annual Indian Film Academy held in a different location each year can bring 2,500 artists and film industry workers to Bali.

The 2017 Festival was held in New York City on July 13-15, 2017.

The location for the 2018 event has yet to be formally announced with discussions reportedly underway with the event’s organizers.

Suryawijaya, who also serves as the chairman for Badung Regency Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) is seeking financial support from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism to lure the Indian Film Industry event to Bali with the organizers said to need US$80 million in financial support.

“They have put forth a proposal, the cost is quite high. But we desire that the Ministry has will help together with other sponsors,” Suryawijaya explained.

More direct flights from India to Bali are also needed to make such an event a success.

Death Takes No Holiday
80-Year-Old Australian Man Dies of Natural Causes in Kuta Hotel reports that Frank Robert Sutton (80), an Australian national on holiday in Bali, has been found dead in his bed at the Bali Mandira Hotel in Kuta at 9:45 pm pm Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

An officer from the Kuta police precinct said the man was suspected to have died from natural causes due to his advanced age. The man’s wife, Judith Anne Sutton (79) said had no chronic medical complaints, but was a very heavy smoker.

Sutton, a native of Sydney, Australia, was found fully clothed lying face up in his bed by his wife. Doctors were summoned to the room where the man was pronounced dead.

Sutton had checked into the hotel on March 4, 2018 and was scheduled to depart the hotel on March 11, 2018.

Trip Advisor: Bali is the Best
Bali Named Best Destination in 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards

Trip Advisor has announced its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards listing the top destinations, villas, restaurants, attractions and airlines based on the online habits of the millions of Trip Advisor users world-wide.

Bali made a strong showing in the 2018 listings across a number of caterogies, including:


Bali was named the #1 destination world wide in the Trip Advisor poll.

In praising Bali, Trip Advisor said:

“Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The 'artistic capital' of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.”

Other destinations in Asia ranked among the top 25 by Trip Advisor were: Siem Reap (#8); Phuket, Thailand (#10); Hoi An, Vietnam (#13); and Kathmandu, Nepal (#23).

Best Airlines

Named best airline overall was Emirates followed in the number 2 ranking by Singapore Airlines. Ranked at #10 was the Indonesian National flag carrier – Garuda Indonesia.

Best Small Hotel

Bali netted 2 slots in the list of the top 25 small hotel with Luxe Villas Bali (#16) and Jamahal Private Resort and Spa (#17) winning honors.

Best Luxury Hotels

The Mandapa - A Luxury Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud ranked (#15) while Komaneka at Tanggayuda came in at (#16).

Value for Money

Two Bali properties were singled out for their outstanding value for money with Padma Resort in Ubud (#22) and Puri Mangga Sea View Resort and Spa in Lovina, North Bali (#25).

Hotels for Romance

Two Bali hotels cited for their romantic qualities were Jamahal Private Resort and Spa in Jimbaran (#22) and The Kayon in Ubud at (#24).

Bargain Hotel

Ubud’s Tegal Sari Inn was ranked #19 among Trip Advisor’s top 25 bargain hotels.

High End Rentals

In Bali the best high end rentals according to Trip Advisor are Villa Ziba Seminyak (#7) and Villa Mawar Bali in Canggu (#8).

Related Link

Trip Advisor’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018

5-Days of Fun on Bali’s Sanur Beach
Sanur Village Festival Returns to Bali August 22-26, 2018

The 13th Annual Sanur Village Festival (SVF 2018) returns to Bali August 22-26, 2018 - headquartered at the Maisonette Inna Grand Bali Beach.

Open daily to the public from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm, this year’s festival has adopted the theme of “Mandala Giri” which translates as circle and mountain - symbolizing the close link between nature and culture in Balinese society. The 5-day festival seeks to facilitate and stimulate the Sanur community’s creativity in developing sustainable tourism.

In the wake of the eruption of the Mount Agung volcano in late 2018, the close relationship between humanity and nature in Bali is embraced by SVF 2018. Awareness of Mount Agung’s existence and the mountain’s message that we must rekindle community togetherness and familiarity, respect and protection of the environment, and tell the world that Bali remains safe and unrivaled as a world-class destination.

As in years past, those who attend SVF 2018 can look forward to a non-stop program of fun-filled cultural programs.

Don’t miss the varied culinary experience that awaits at SVF 2018, from warung-style cuisine to five-star dining at restaurant and resorts on offer at moderate prices at the Festival’s Food Bazaar.

After dark, Sanur will come alive each night with traditional cultural performances drawn from Bali and the rest of Indonesia, plus exciting contemporary music presentations by top musicians.

Art performances open to public such as body painting, on the spot painting, art exhibition and photography, ice carving, and fruit carving also form a part of the five-day festival.

There will also be a range of competitions and sports fun, including marathon, triathlon, futsal, tennis, golf, surfing, wind surfing, fishing competition, traditional boat parade and other water sporting activities.

Make time to cycle around Sanur, enjoy angling with local fishermen, recline on beautiful beachees and the white sands of Sanur Beach, or simply explore the ancient charms of one of Bali’s most ancient settlements.

All eyes point skyward for the World Kite Festival to be held at SVF 2018 featuring Balinese traditional and contemporary kites flown by teams from Bali and around the world.

Green and Environmental activities will focus on coral conservation, turtle release, beach clean ups, mangrove planting, the cultivation of rare trees, environmental education and green campaign.

13th Sanur Village Festival
Sanur Village Community – Bali, Indonesia
August 22-26, 2018
Open Daily 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

A Land to Remember
Art Exhibition by I Putu Bonuz Sudiana at Griya Santrian Art Gallery Through 29 April 2018

The Griya Santrian Art Gallery in Sanur Bali located at the Griya Santrian Beach Resort and Spa will host a solo painting exhibition by I Putu Bonuz Sudiana.

Opened on Friday, March 2, the exhibition will run through Saturday, April 29, 2018, open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

bition, entitled “A Land to Remember – Recalling the Land of my Birth,” will evoke stories and anecdotes, both sad and joyful, from the Artist’s birthplace of Nusa Penida.

iana, who is also known as "Bonuz" was born in Nusa Penida in 1972 – the island located a short distance off Bali’s southeast coast. At the time of Bonuz’s birth, Nusa Penida was a vastly different place than it is today. Filled with fields of grass and subject to annual draughts, Nusa Penida suffered extremes of weather. The island had a rustic charm that was both mystical and magical after sunset as it bathed in starlight and ocean breezes. Local people lived from fishing and cultivating seaweed.

ntervening years, Nusa Penida has become an active center of tourism playing host to villas, restaurants, café and other elements of the local tourism industry.

d development has been the source of inevitable social disruption and upheaval. Open fields have disappeared, trees have been felled, and tradition architecture dismantled to make way for more modern buildings.

from a childhood spent on Nusa Penida and the nervousness at the changes enveloping his birthplace have provided the stimulus for the current exhibition of abstract works of art. Bonuz’s paintings are dynamic and strongly emotive. Strong lines and powerful colors reflect the artist’s unsettled soul born of growing up in a in a place under siege by the forces of modernity as he watched nature fall victim to seemingly uncaring development.

ark colors in my painting speak of the destruction of nature my conscience’s witness to a number of things in conflict with my heart. When I am unable to express my frustration and sadness in words, the lines and colors of my paintings are my choice of expression,” said Bonuz.

Tanah Kelahiran – A Land to Remember
An Exhibition of Paintings
By Putu Sudiana “Bonuz”

Griya Santrian Art Gallery
Griya Santrian Beach Resort and Spa
Sanur, Bali

March 2 through April 29, 2018

Open daily (except Nyepi) from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

For more information telephone Ibu Dayu at +62-(0)361-288181 or Email 

Don’t Fence the Balinese In!
Voters Demand More Park Space and Beach Access from Gubernatorial Candidate

In the course of Bali’s ongoing gubernatorial race, the public are using campaign meetings with candidates to voice their concerns and dissatisfaction with the current public-use land situation in Bali.

As reported by, the thousands attending a recent rally for candidate Wayan Koster voiced their unhappiness on the lack of land in Denpasar set aside for social and recreational activities in the midst of the city’s rapid development and the difficulty of gaining access to local beachfronts for Balinese ceremonies.

Koster, who is standing for governor in the June 27th elections, said that the Province of Bali holds substantial tracts of land in Bali’s capital of Denpasar that could be diverted for building banjar halls, temples, community health centers, and the construction of schools. He promised that, if elected, land would immediately granted by the province to such public projects.

The candidate also said that he would develop the Padanggalak beach area to be used to provide beach access for religious ceremonies. He pledged to approach the Ministry of Forestry to secure beach access through protected forests to coastlines in order to be used for religious practice.

Free Market Competition Takes a Back Seat in South Bali
Bualu Compels Hotels at Nusa Dua to Agree to Block Online Transportation. But is this Legal?

DenPost reports that the three traditional villages in South Bali -  Bualu, Peminge and Kampial in the sub-district of Benoa at Nusa Dua have put forth for signature a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with local hotels at the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation Complex (ITDC) that will prohbit hotels from allowing online transport operators to operate at Nusa Dua.

The MoU was presented at a meeting coordinated by the District Chief of Benoa, Wayan Solo, held in the Wantilan hall of ITDC.

Although the MoU has yet to be signed by all parties, Wayan Solo has declared the agreement has power with immediate effect. Under the still-to-be-signed agreement there are areas of Nusa Dua that will be declared off-limit to online transportation operators picking up passengers. The online operators will, however, be allowed to drop off passengers in these areas.

The rational given by Wayan Solo is that the security of hotel guests can be guaranteed by limiting the movement of online taxis, allowing drivers living in the area to be called to account when complaints over security or safety are received.

Solo said he hoped that local taxi operators would register under one of the conventional taxi operators serving Nusa Dua.

What sanctions will be imposed on online drivers who disregard the MoU remains unclear and is still under discussion. These matters and the actual implementation of the new rules are still under discussion with tourism and transportation officials in Bali.

Hotels in Nusa Dua are being asked to install banners and distribute pamphlets to their guests explaining the "no online taxi" policy.

Meanwhile, Made Gunawan, who represents online drivers living in the Nusa Dua region said his group has some 40 members who serve online requests from guests and earn their income in doing so. He insists that his drivers should also be allowed to serve the public staying in Nusa Dua.

Indonesia’s Anti-Monopoly Law

It is unclear why some hotels remain reluctant to sign the MoU fashioned by the District Chief at Benoa.

Some, in fact, suggest that the MoU between the hotels and the Benoa district represents a violation of The Anti Monopoly and Fair Trade Act No. 5 of 1999 that carries hefty fines and penalties for those entering agreements that limit free trade and access to markets.

The areas of concern under the 1999 Anti-monopoly law include:
  • Chapter III, Article 4, (Subsection 1) that expressly outlaws agreements between businesses to control services in such a way as to limit competition or (subsection 2) that seeks to forbid agreements between 2 or 4 businesses to control more than 75% of the market for a product or service.
  • Chapter III, Section III, Article 9 forbids entering into agreements between businesses intended to allocate exclusive control over certain market areas for goods or services that effectively result in a monopoly and that limit market access.
  • Chapter III, Section IV, Article 10 (Subsection 1) forbids agreements between business groups that will limit others from participating in the same field of enterprise in order to seize control over a particular market.
  • Chapter III, Section IV, Article 10 (Subsection 2) forbids businesses from entering or instituting agreements that cause losses to competing businesses or limit access of competing businesses to the marketplace.
  • Chapter III, Section VII, Article 13 (Subsections 1 & 2) that forbids collaboration between two or three entities to control the price of products or services that result in an effective monopoly by controlling more than 75% of a market and thereby limiting market access. 
The Anti-monopoly law No. 5 of 1999 provides for strong administrative remedies for violators that include the revocation of businesses licenses and fines of between Rp. 1 billion and Rp. 25 billion.

Under the terms of the anti-monopoly law, any member of the public can bring an action against those deemed to be violating the terms of the law by filing a formal complaint with the Commission on Competitive Practice that must be adjudicated within set limits of time by the Commission.

If, in fact, the MoU put on the table at Nusa Dua is formally found in violation of the Anti-monopoly law this could have far-reaching legal implications, possibly calling into question exclusive transportation agreements in place at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

Anti-monopoly Law No. 5 of 1999 (Indonesian)

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

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.

For more information: Email

Meet Us at the Fair!
5th Bali and Beyond Travel Fair June 26-30, 2018

The Bali and Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) returns to Bali for the 5th time June 26-30, 2018 in Nusa Dua.

A total of 276 international travel buyers have been invited from 40 countries in addition to 178 domestic sellers from 19 Indonesian provinces.

Quoted by NusaBali, the chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Association of Travel Agents (ASITA), I Ketut Ardana, explained that although Bali is a well known international tourism destination, there remains a need to promote the Island to the world.

This year’s edition of the BBTF will be held as Bali prepares to welcome the major International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Conference coming to Nusa Dua in October where more than 15,000 delegates and press are expected to attend.

Ardana said that BBTF continues to work to receive acknowledgement in the international marketplace of numerous travel fairs. Because of this, preparations for BBTF are now well underway.

The Bali and Beyond Travel Fair will be held at Nusa Dua. In 2017, some 178 buyers from 29 countries attended the event, a total organizer intend to increase in 2018.

Bali and Beyond Travel Fair 2018 Website

Planning a Landing in North Bali
Bali Governor Pledges to Challenge Jakarta’s Rejection of New Airport for North Bali

Despite the apparent rejection by the Central Government of plans to build an airport in northeast Bali, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has pledged to continue his battle to establish an airport at  Kabuhtambahan, North Bali.

As reported by Governor Pastika plans to call the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, to seek a detailed clarification on press reports that the Airport of the North will not go ahead. According to the Governor, he has yet to receive a formal revocation of the plans for the airport from Jakarta.

According to Pastika, the news of the revocation of the North Bali Airport emanates from a survey conducted by the World Bank and Bali’s Udayana University. That survey focused on Bali’s infrastructure needs and termed the new airport as non-viable.

Pastika sees the construction of a new airport in North Bali as an essential part of a strategic plan for a more equitable distribution of the Island’s wealth to all corners of the Province. Moreover, two companies have been formed to spearhead the airport’s development: PT Bandara Internasional Bali Utara (BIBU) and PT Pembangunan Bali Mandiri (Pembari).

The Governor is upset that the most recent survey conducted by the World Bank and Udayana University had its results published without the coordination of the Provincial Government of Bali. What’s more, the survey has apparently already been circulated widely in Jakarta with no one in Bali apparently privy to the survey’s contents.

The Governor will reportedly attend a formal presentation of the survey in the coming days where he plans to continue to argue for the approval of the North Bali Airport.

6 Men Wielding Knives, Playing with Fire
Bali's Top 6 Chefs Cook Collaboratively on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Ubud Food Festival

The Ubud Food Festival (UFF) will return to Central Bali April 13-15, 2018.

As reported by, foodies are expected to flock to Ubud in keeping with Bali’s growing international reputation as a top culinary destination.

Over the past years, a number of leading international chefs have traveled to Bali to open restaurants. At the same time, talented young Indonesian chefs are acquiring regional and international acclaim for their creative cooking skills on display on the Island of Bali.

In connection with the UFF, a special programs showcasing 6 top local and international chefs for leading restaurants in Bali will participate in the “Best of Bali Dinner” to take place at the Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud on Friday, April 13, 2018.

The owner and founder of Mozaic, Chris Salans, told the press that the “Best of Bali Dinner” will feature chefs working and living in Bali using local products prepared in accordance with sophisticate European kitchen techniques.

Salans said the 6 chefs collaborating in the one-night-only project will be sending a message to the world that the Island is now a culinary destination offering a wide range of creatively prepared cuisine.

The 6 chefs participating in the “Best of Bali Dinner” at the Mozaic Restaurant Gastonomique are:

Chris Salans
Chris Salans hails from three Michelin‐starred restaurants in France and the US before creating his pioneering style of French cuisine‐meets‐Balinese flavors at Ubud's multiple award‐winning Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique and Spice by Chris Salans gastro‐bars in Ubud and Sanur. Chris is a dedicated mentor and one of Bali’s top culinary ambassadors, representing Indonesia in print, television, and at international food events.

Madif Warokka

Chef Mandif Warokka is an innovative, award‐winning chef and restaurateur who has worked in Michelin‐starred venues. He now heads the kitchen at Bali’s celebrated Teatro Gastroteque Restaurant in Seminyak and Blanco par Mandif in Ubud. Wherever he serves his creative cuisine, Chef Mandif is forever trying new things to ensure his guests are always excited and enticed by his culinary offerings.

Kevin Cherkas
Chef Kevin Cherkas has worked in some of the world's most outstanding Michelin‐starred restaurants. Co‐founder of Cuca, he’s been praised for his tasty, globally inspired, locally sourced cuisine. In just four years, Cuca has emerged as one of Southeast Asia’s‐most celebrated foodie destinations, receiving Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice number ten ranking among all fine dining restaurants in Asia,

Maxie Millian
Originally from West Java, Maxie Millian’s cooking career has t aken him across Indonesia and through some of the most diverse and luxurious restaurants in the world. From bustling Jakarta to fine dining in Dubai, he now commands kitchens in Bali, bringing an exceptional level of talent to the most humble and diverse range of Indonesian dishes.

Daniele Taddeo
Italian‐born Daniele Taddeo brings his passion for the art and science of food to GROW Bali’s ‘Sustainable Dining’ philosophy and ‘Bistronomie’ cuisine created by chef Ryan Clift of the world famous Tippling Cub in Singapore. He brings a wealth of international experience and expertise, working alongside some of the world’s best chefs in Italy, Barcelona, and London. Inspired by cultural fusion, produce, and innovative cuisine, Daniele respects both tradition and new techniques.

Kieran Morland
Kieran Morland’s interest in Indonesian cooking began when his sister relocated from Australia to West Java in the 1990s. Eating at street carts from a young age, he now heads up Bali’s Merah Putih and Sangsaka. Kieran’s wealth of international experience combined with his knowledge of Indonesian cuisine makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

Diners can look forward to a stellar array of ingenious dishes such as Bali Soft Tacos, Black Olive King Fish Carpaccio, Twenty‐One Day Aged Duck Breast, Malang Short‐rib, and Balinese Milk Chocolate and Torch Ginger Flower.

The table d'hôte menu that includes canapés, amuse‐bouches and petit‐fours showcases signature dishes from all six chefs, and will take place throughout the entire Mozaic restaurant, including the gardens and the elegant air‐conditioned Workshop Space is Rp950,000 net with premium wine pairing offered for Rp550,000 net.

Tickets are available through the Ubud Food Festival.

The dinner will take place at Friday, 13 April at 7:00 pm.

For copies of the menu or reservations Email  

Bali’s Jungle Park Now Ranked Among the Best
West Bali National Park Named Among Top Destinations at ITB-Berlin

The West Bali National Park (TNBB) has been named among the world’s “Best Top 100 Destinations” at the Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

As reported by, the award for TNBB was handed to Indonesia at the Palais am Funkturm at ITB Berlin, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya in an announcement issued on Friday,March 9, 2018, revealed the award.

Minister Yahya said: “The selection of TNBB as among the Top 100 Destination in the category Best of the Planet Asia-Pacific is a source of great pride. This presentation has the function of being very strategic, especially for TNBB.” The Minister added that the award will also enhance the competitiveness of Indonesian tourism

The head of the Economic Acceleration for Ecotourism Team from the Ministry of Tourism, David Makes, proclaimed it was appropriate for TNBB to win the award as one of the world’s best destinations. “The potential of TNBB is very large. It is appropriate that TNBB receives this award. The status of TNBB is both in eco-tourism and as a prototype for tourism development in surrounding areas,” said Makes.

The Celebration Continues
Join Friends of Jack and Bali Update Dinner at D’Roemah by Lonny on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Organized by The Yak’s Sophie Digby, Atlas Pearl’s Maryse LaRocque and the inimitable Lonny Gerungan – an evening to honor the editor of Bali Update and 20 years of publication of the award-winning newsletter from Bali Discovery’s Jack Daniels will take place at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at D’Roemah by Lonny on Jalan Merta Agung 48 in Kerobokan.

Lonny has prepared one of his legendary menus – a 5-course meal of outstanding Indonesian cuisine that will accompany an evening of Bali tales, music, and song.

Lonny Gerungan is an internationally acclaimed ambassador of Indonesian food, a cookery book author, an accomplished  crooner with many musical albums to his credit, and a charming raconteur explaining why an evening at a table set by Lonny is unfailingly memorable and fun-filled.

Seating is limited with the 5-course meal priced at Rp. 350,000 net.
Those wishing to bring their own wine will be charged a corkage fee of Rp. 100,000 per bottle.

Old friends or friends to be are welcome with bookings available via the Facebook Event Page 

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