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    Bali Festivals and Events 2016

    Bali calendar of events feature a full list of festivities and colours, owing much to the culture and traditions of the Balinese. Here, a special calendar system that rotates every 210 days, called the pawukon, governs the daily chores, elaborate rites of passage a Balinese goes through throughout their entire lives, and small to grand temple anniversaries.

    Also a rare sight is the Saka New Year celebrations, which is based on another different calendar. This turn of the year is celebrated in total silence throughout the island, and whole Bali literally shuts down into total silence. Many other cultural events and highlights are also part of the Bali experience. Check out our Bali events calendar to see if one coincides with your Bali holiday itineraries!

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JANUARY 2016

Tumpek Uduh

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Date: 16 January 2016

Tumpek Uduh is a holy day dedicated to the blessings of plants, especially those that produce fruits and flowers. On this day households bless their gardens, farms and plantations for successful harvests in lead up to the Galungan celebrations three weeks ahead, which largely require the items for various temple offerings.

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Date: 26 January 2016
Location: Beratan lakeside, Candikuning, Bedugul, Tabanan

Among the island's most iconic temples, this lakeside temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Kliwon Julungwangi Tuesday on the traditional Balinese pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages attend to prayers at the temple. Read More...

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Date: 26 January 2016
Location: Besakih Temple, Karangasem

Besakih Temple, also considered the 'mother temple' in Bali, celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides every Tuesday on a Kliwon Julungwangi cycle on the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight to see on this sacred sanctuary at the foot of Mount Agung, the island's highest peak. Read More...

FEBRUARY 2016

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Date: 9-11 February 2016

Galungan is when Balinese Hindus commemorate the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples on February 10. The eve on February 9 sees all Balinese households busy in preparations, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural produce, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These 'penjor' poles symbolize blessing by Mother Nature. These ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The following day, Umanis Galungan, is a day for friendy visits to neighbours and relatives. Read More...

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Date: 11 February 2016

Batukaru Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Thursday after the Galungan celebrations. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages in Wangaya Gede and all over the island flock to this mountain temple for prayers. Read More...

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Date: 20 February 2016

Location: island-wide and Sakenan Temple, Serangan Island, South Denpasar

Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations. Read More...

Mekotekan Rituals

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Date: 20 February 2016
Location: Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung

This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war. Each of the pole ends are combined in mid-air forming a dynamic pyramid where to friendly opponents climb up this mountain and face-off at the peak.

MARCH 2016

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Date: 1 March 2016

Location: Uluwatu Temple, Uluwatu

This day coincides with a Kliwon Medangsia Tuesday on the Balinese pawukon calendar, which is also the 'piodalan' anniversary of one of Bali's famous sea temples, Uluwatu. The temple is most decorated on this day, and has local Balinese Hindu pilgrims from all around the island attending in their temple attire.  Read More...

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Date: 6 March 2016
Location: beaches of Kuta, Sanur and around Bali

The Melasti processions take place approximately three days prior to the Saka New Year, when pilgrims take heirlooms in long walks from temples towards the coastlines where purification rites take place. Parasols, banners and small effigies paraded along the horizon make for a stunning and only-in-Bali scene. Read More...

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Date: 8 March 2016

The eve of the Saka New Year is a storm before the silent, as all the celebrative commotion takes place in the afternoon, and grotesque ogoh-ogoh papier-mâché effigies are paraded throughout the streets in Bali. The evening features lit fire torches, and sometimes firecrackers as well, meant to rid the land of malevolent forces, to prepare for the subsequent silent and contemplative day that is Nyepi. Read More...

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Date: 9 March 2016

Nyepi is ultimately the quietest day in Bali. This day marks Bali's lunar new year based on the Saka calendar which is 77-78 years behind the Gregorian. Read More...

Ngembak Geni, Day after Nyepi

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Date: 10 March 2016

The silence of the Saka New Year celebration ‘breaks’ as the morning does at 06:00; the day is a local holiday in Bali and families visit each other as it is a time for gatherings and short travels.

Omed-Omedan, 'festival of splashes and smooches'

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Date: 10 March 2016
Location:
Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, Denpasar

Omed-Omedan is a traditional festivity restricted to the village of Sesetan. It is held on the day after Nyepi, when the youth and whole sub-village of Banjar Kaja Sesetan take to the street where water is splashed and sprayed, and the highlight being two sides of the crowd in a tug-o-war-like scene with a pair in the middle ‘forced’ to smooch at each interval.

Purnama Kedasa - The 10th Full Moon

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Date: 23 March 2016
Location: major temples island-wide 

This special full moon is considered highly significant amongst Balinese Hindus. Known as 'Purnama Kedasa' in the local tongue, the day coincides with many major temples celebrating in festive rituals, attended by thousands of devotees. The famous mother temple, Besakih, holds a special ceremony known as 'Betara Turun Kabeh' on this special day, inviting the gods and deified ancestors for their blessings. A 'melasti' or purification pilgrimage usually takes place on the preceding Sunday, with processions carrying helrilooms and temple objects to sanctified water sources. 

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Bali Spirit Festival 2016 will see its 9th annual running this March 29 through April 3, once again gathering like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels from Bali and around the world. The festival is also a celebration of east and west through world arts, dance and music through colourful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centres in Ubud and around Bali. Read More...

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APRIL 2016

Tumpek Kandang

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Date: 30 April 2016

Tumpek Kandang is a special day filled with dedicated blessings for animals, livestock and pets. Various offerings are made to the Hindu god Rudra for successful farming and animal welfare, aimed at the harmony of the environment and which contribute to human sustenance and happiness. The day is part of a series of other Tumpek days aimed at the blessings of different subjects, namely Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, Tumpek Wayang for wayang shadow puppets and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

MAY 2016

Vesak, Buddhist Year 2560

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Date: 22 May 2016
Location(s):
Vihara Amurva Bumi, Blahbatuh, Gianyar
Wihara Dharmayana, Kuta
Wihara Buddha Sakyamuni, Denpasar
Brahmavihara Arama, Banjar, Singaraja
Wihara Dharmagiri, Pupuan, Tabanan
Wihara Buddha Guna, Nusa Dua

Vesak or Waisak is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists, marking the birth of prince Siddharta Gautama. The date varies each year on the Gregorian calendar but usually coincides in April or May, and in June on leap years. Unique to Buddhists in Bali is that some rituals share slight resemblance to Balinese Hindu features, such as in the use of temple ornaments.

The 1st Bali International Dragon Boat Race and Festival

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Date: 26-29 May 2016
Location: Batur Lake, Kintamani, Bangli

The first Bali International Dragon Boat Race and Festival (Bali IDBFest) will hit Bali's iconic caldera lake in May this year. The racing day events will feature racing classes under the Indonesian Canoe and Rowing Association (PODSI) and the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). 

Ubud Food Festival

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Date: 27-29 May 2016
Location: Ubud

This festival sees its second year running as an exciting three-day culinary extravaganza, to be held in Bali's cultural heartland of Ubud. The festival follows the success of The Kitchen programs at the previous two year's Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which led to the organizers and committee to come up with this sibling festival driven by the passion to share the rich heritage of Indonesian cuisine to the world. The festival will feature local and international chefs from across the archipelago. 

JUNE 2016

Tumpek Wayang

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Date: 4 June 2016

Tumpek Wayang is a special day filled with blessings dedicated towards the traditional performing art form of shadow puppetry. Various offerings are made to the equipment and range of character puppets involved in the traditional theatrical art. Tumpek Wayang is one part in a series of Tumpek days for blessing different subjects. The others include Tumpek Kandang celebrated earlier in January, Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

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Date: 11 June - 9 July

Locally known as 'Pesta Kesenian Bali', the Bali Arts Festival, which interestingly takes place from every second Saturday of June to the second Saturday of July, is a yearly celebration of exhibitions and performances of various kinds of artworks and cultural achievements, and gathers locals and international visitors to the Niti Mandala Renon square for the opening, then to the Denpasar Arts Centre for daily performances and exhibitions. Read More...

Saraswati

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Date: 25 June 2016

Bali and the Balinese celebrate Saraswati, a day devoted to the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Literature - Dewi Saraswati. To mark this joyous day, books of knowledge, manuscripts and the Vedas are blessed and special offerings are made together with aspirations for knowledge and wisdom. The day is the first in a series of five important religious highlights. Saraswati falls on an Umanis Watugunung Saturday in the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar, hence its celebrations twice in a Gregorian year.

Banyu Pinaruh

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Date: 26 June 2016

Banyu Pinaruh is the immediate day after Saraswati, which falls on a Paing Sinta Sunday in the Balinese pawukon calendar. The morning typically sees Balinese Hindus heading to the nearest beaches either for weekend family leisure and cleansing or purification purposes

Soma Ribek

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Date: 27 June 2016

Soma Ribek falls on a Pon Sinta Monday on the pawukon calendar and roughly means ‘rich Monday’. As Balinese culture is based on agrarian ways, the day signifies blessings for prosperity in the form of full harvests that fill the rice barns, symbolising affluence and sustenance.

Sabuh Mas

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Date: 28 June 2016

Sabuh Mas is a day of wealth dedicated to precious stones and metals. Various rituals include the cleansing of items as well as blessings. It is also an opportunity among the Balinese to express their gratitude towards the Divinity for their worldly wealth and to remind that all can and will be separated by fate. The day falls on a Wage Sinta Tuesday on the Balinese pawukon calendar

Pagerwesi

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Date: 29 June 2016

Pagerwesi is the concluding day for the ‘wealth’ series of celebrations that signifies spiritual ‘reinforcement’; its name, combining the words pager and wesi suggests ‘iron fence’ in English. Meaning that anything of high importance, or the soul and spirituality in this sense, should be protected from destructive influences. The day is the final significant highlight in the series, aiming to protect the blessed subjects of spiritual assets celebrated in the previous days.

JULY 2016

Tumpek Landep

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Date: 9 July 2016

Tumpek Landep is a holy day that is dedicated to the blessings of metal items, from heirloom kris daggers to various other metal objects such as modern machinery, automobuiles and such; all towards their better use in daily life. On this day you'll see cars and motorcycles decorated with intricate stitched-leaf ornaments called 'sampian' roaming the streets in Bali.

Ombak Bali International Surf Film Festival

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Date: 21-23 July 2016
Location: La Plancha, Jalan Mesari Beach, Seminyak

Ombak Bali hits the shore of La Plancha in Seminyak again this year, presenting three days of surf film screenings, music and art from August 6, 7 and 8. The film screenings are usually the main draw, and is free entry for the public. Ombak Bali in itself becomes a platform for surf filmmakers to promote their work, and aims to promote awareness of social issues and the environment by screening inspirational surf films.

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Date: 21 July 2016
Location: Tenganan Pegringsingan, Karangasem, East Bali

The age-old traditions of the Tenganan Dauh Tukad village in Karangasem include the ritual blood sport called perang pandan or 'thorny pandan-leaf battles', which is also a coming-of-age rite among village youths coinciding with the village's annual Ngusaba Desa ceremonies. The remote village of Tenganan Dauh Tukad is located an approximate 78km east of Denpasar. The highlight is when bare-breasted village boys take turns in deueling armed only with rattan shields and a tied packet of thorny pandanus as weapons. Read More...

5th Bali International Choir Festival 2016

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Date: 25-31 July 2016

The fourth annual choir symposium and competition event organized by the Bandung Choral Society is slated for the end of July through early August this year. Last year, over a hundred choirs, several conductors, and clinicians gathered at the second annual event for a series of choir symposiums and competitions.

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Dates: July - November 2016
Location: Jembrana, Negara, West Bali

Bali has a wealth of bull races. This racing tradition is a large deal in the town of Jembrana, Negara regency, even taking on the official championships designation as the Governor's Cup or 'Piala Bupati'. The festival usually kicks off with various heats around the coastal race tracks of Jembrana in the month of July, leading up to the finals and festivities occurring mid-November. The tradition traces back to the legacies of the Jembrana farmers, and during the festivities various other art forms of the locality are performed as well, such as bull fashion shows and Jegog bamboo orchestras. Read More...

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Date: July - October 2016
Location: Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

The Bali Kite Festival is slated for its 37th year, as an annual feast among the Balinese as they regard the art of kite making and piloting highly. The event is also anticipated by the international community as it provides rare opportunities to enjoy gigantic traditional kites built with contemporary designs. The festival usually takes place around the start of the windy season, somewhere between the end of June through August and even until October. The agrarian background of the Balinese largely contributes to this kite-flying tradition, when these months usually provide open fields after harvests. Check out our page for announced dates and venues:  Read More...

AUGUST 2016

Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2016

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Date: 12-13 August 2016
Location: ARMA Museum Ubud, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

The Ubud Village Jazz Festival returns mid-August this year, once again bringing together a lineup of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. This year's community Jazz concert carries the theme, 'Embracing Uniqueness' and among the notable artists slated to perform this year include the East West European Jazz Ensemble featuring Gregory Gaynair from Germany, Peter Bernstein from USA, Piotr Orzechowski from Poland, Youn Woo Park Trio from South Korea, and a big lineup of Indonesian performers such as The Daunas, Arman & Penina, Bali Gypsy Fire and Mia Samira. The festival will once again take place on an open stage at the ARMA Museum in Ubud. For ticket inquiries, contact main promoter ANTIDA Music Productions, at +62 (0)812 3637 1982.

Legian Beach Festival

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Date: 14-16 August 2016 (TBA)
Location: Jalan Pantai Legian, between Jalan Melasti and Jalan Padma

The Legian Beach Festival is slated to present its annual offering of surfing, swimming, dancing and Indonesian food festivities in its eighth year. The celebration aims to promote tourism to this area north of Kuta, inviting visitors to discover and learn about Indonesian culture, with a range of activities and performances of traditional dances and music with performers from all over Indonesia and Bali. There will also be fashion parades, surf exhibitions and mini pageants.

Jazz Market by the Sea 2016

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Date: 19-21 August 2016
Location: Taman Bhagawan, Tanjung Benoa

Jazz Market by the Sea is an annual community cultural and musical event, held at the beachfront garden of Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa. Now in its 6th consecutive year, the festival will feature top Indonesian Jazz artists and performers. Last year's featured Raisa, Tohpati Bertiga, Kunto Aji, Balawan & Maestro, Dialog Dini Hari, Rio Sidik, Jampiro and many others. Head to the venue 14:00-23:00 daily during the three-day event and enjoy side events such as a Culinary Journey celebrating Indonesian cuisine through culinary workshops and traditional cooking presentations. Bring the kids who can enjoy a host of fun activities such as face painting, ocean races, mermaid shows, bouncy castles and more.

Indonesian Independence Day

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Date: 17 August 2016

This marks Indonesia's 71st year of independence. The day is celebrated on August 17, when red-and-white flags adorn the street sides and flag raising ceremonies take place at government offices and a major ceremony takes place in Jakarta, attended by the state head and officials. Households and communities throughout the archipelago also post flags and decorations at front of houses. Some communities also hold sack-run races and other revelries in the spirit of nationality. Check out your hotel's food and beverage highlights for some Independence Day promos and menu specials that usually feature national culinary delights.

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Date: 24-28 August 2016
Location: Sanur Village, Sanur

Marking its 11th annual festivity this year, The Sanur Village Festival attracts large numbers of international visitors to this small coastal village east of Denpasar. The organizers put in much communal effort to make the annual event bigger by the year and feature an array of water sports activities in its week-long agenda, celebrating its coastal heritage. This year's festival is slated to feature a SanurRun on 23 August, a Sanur Creative Expo, Agro tourism Expo, music performances and art on 29 August, and a highly anticipated cultural street parade. There will also be a culinary festival featuring heritage cuisine, as well as fruit and ice carving. Balinale will also be a feature with short movies every afternoon between 29 and 30 August at the Bali Beach Golf Course. Read More...

SEPTEMBER 2016

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Date: 6-8 September 2016

The second Galungan occurrence this year, the major local holiday is when Balinese Hindus commemorate the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples on February 10. The eve on February 9 sees all Balinese households busy in preparations, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural produce, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These 'penjor' poles symbolize blessing by Mother Nature. These ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The following day, Umanis Galungan, is a day for friendy visits to neighbours and relatives. Read More...

Batukaru Temple ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary

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Date: 8 September 2016

Batukaru Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Thursday after the Galungan celebrations. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages in Wangaya Gede and all over the island flock to this mountain temple for prayers.

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Date: 17 September 2016
Location: island-wide and Sakenan Temple, Serangan Island, South Denpasar

Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations. Read More...

Mekotekan Rituals

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Date: 17 September 2016
Location: Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung

This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war. Each of the pole ends are combined in mid-air forming a dynamic pyramid where to friendly opponents climb up this mountain and face-off at the peak.

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Date: 21 September 2016

Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most significant sea temples on the island, celebrates its biannual ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary, which coincides every Wednesday on a Langkir cycle on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages and all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight to see on this sacred offshore sanctuary with its famous sunset backdrops. Read More...

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Date: 24-30 September 2016
Location: Cinemaxx Lippo Mall Bali, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta

The annual Balinale will be held at the end of September this year with a series of workshops, film industry forums, free seminars and a list of screening showtimes at Bali's newest cinema. A great opportunity for movie buffs enjoying their time in Bali. There will also be a show listings with 'Filmmaker in attendance' special screenings, with the artists and filmmakers present to introduce their films and meet the audience. Read More...

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Date: 29-30 September 2016 (TBA)
Location: Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Petitenget, Seminyak

Ultra Beach aka the Bali leg of the world-renowned electronic music festival, Ultra Music Festival, is slated to rock the Petitenget beachfront of Potato Head Beach Club Bali at the end of September. The two-day festival in Bali this month follows on after Japan, and will continue the following months in Ibiza, Chile and Brazil. Read More...

OCTOBER 2016

Nusa Dua Fiesta

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Date: 9-13 October 2016 (TBA)
Location: Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) complex, Nusa Dua

The Nusa Dua Fiesta is an annual festival that features a week of arts, culture, sports, music and exhibitions that take place in and around the peninsula in Nusa Dua. The opening day features various art competitions and exhibitions at the beach fronts of the hotels that line the Peninsula. The following days are also filled with diving tours, children's carnivals, charity gala dinners and various live modern and cultural entertainments for the public. This year's Fiesta will mark its 17th year running.

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Date: 15 October 2016
Location: Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar

The prominent temple complex of Tirta Empul, located in the district of Tampaksiring, serves as a legendary setting for a traditional tale of good versus evil and is a national cultural heritage site. The temple celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary every 'fourth full moon' known as Purnama Sasih Kapat on the traditional Balinese pawukon calendar, which coincides with 8 October this year. Read More...

Perang Tipat Bantal / Rice Cake Wars

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Date: 15 October 2016
Location: Jalan Raya Kapal, Mengwi, Badung

This century-old tradition features the villagers of Kapal gathering in front of the village temple where prayers and blessings take place for the full moon of the fourth month in the Balinese calendar and proceed towards the foyer and streets where they divide into two groups armed with baskets of rice cakes called tipat bantal, later flinging their ammo at each other in a very rare and unique spectacle. The event signifies blessings and prosperity for the whole agrarian village. After the battles, the remainders are spread over rice fields.

Lovina Beach Festival

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Date: 25-29 October 2016 (TBA)

The Lovina Beach Festival takes place around the village of Kalibukbuk Beach in north Bali and is usually held in October. The festival highlights include a handicraft exhibition and an afternoon opening ceremony filled with a traditional Balinese marching band called Baleganjur and a towering fruit and flower offering or gebogan parade. Performing arts include the Gong Kebyar and Ki Barak Panji Sakti dance that hails from the North Bali region.

Bali International Triathlon

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Date: 14 August 2016
Location: Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran

The prestigious triathlon is back this year in Jimbaran, and will feature an Olympic 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run as well as a Sprint 500m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run to the finish line in the scenic Jimbaran Bay.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

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Date: 26-30 October
Location: various venues, Ubud

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival once again gathers speakers and writers from all over the world in its 12th year this month, comprising an agenda filled with special events, literary workshops, book launches, youth's programs, and community and arts highlights. Main sessions take place at Indus restaurant and Neka Museum - all located in Sanggingan, Ubud. Various other hotels and venues also serve as hosts, the likes of Four Seasons, Maya Ubud, Casa Luna and Alila Ubud. Other fringe events also usually take place in other places, such as in Denpasar, Seminyak and Jimbaran, and beyond Bali such as Makassar, West Java, Sumatera, Papua and Jakarta.

NOVEMBER 2016

Tumpek Kandang

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Date: 26 November 2016

Tumpek Kandang is a special day filled with dedicated blessings for animals, livestock and pets. Various offerings are made to the Hindu god Rudra for successful farming and animal welfare, aimed at the harmony of the environment and which contribute to human sustenance and happiness. The day is part of a series of other Tumpek days aimed at the blessings of different subjects, namely Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, Tumpek Wayang for wayang shadow puppets and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

DECEMBER 2016

Christmas

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Date: 25 December 2016

Although a predominantly Hindu island, Bali has communities of other religions. During Christmas time, Christian Balinese gather in their masses to unique churches that blend traditional Balinese architectural features. Among the most notable Balinese Protestant and Catholic communities are located in the villages of Palasari and Blimbingsari in West Bali. There are also other notable churches and cathedrals around the Denpasar area.

Tumpek Wayang

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Date: 31 December 2016

Tumpek Wayang is a special day filled with blessings dedicated towards the traditional performing art form of shadow puppetry. Various offerings are made to the equipment and range of character puppets involved in the traditional theatrical art. Tumpek Wayang is one part in a series of Tumpek days for blessing different subjects. The others include Tumpek Kandang celebrated earlier in January, Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

New Year 2017 Countdown

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Date: 31 December 2016
Location: various venues, island-wide

New Year's Eve in Bali is dominated by the partying scenes at various nightspots and public spaces all across the island, with fireworks in constant launches. For a more private and intimate celebration, check out your hotel's or favourite restaurant's New Year's Eve dinner programs.

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