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When Balinese Artistry In Precious Metals Meets Western Design

on Mar 27 in Art tagged , , , , by

Actually, we lie a little here…..

The so-called “Western designers” of these magnificent pieces comprised an Indian woman from Kenya (Uma) and her partner, an American who had already been based here for several years (Shunyata), before they met.

When Bali’s Witches & Goblins – The Dreaded Ogoh-Ogoh – Come Out to Play

on Mar 10 in Local Customs tagged , , , , by

The night before Nyepi Day is the time when effigies called “Ogoh-ogoh” are carried through the streets in parades held around the island. This year, the ogoh-ogoh parades will be this coming Monday night but beforehand, wherever you go around Bali, you can’t help but see the amazing creations standing-by.

Our Last New Year Celebrations for 2013 – Bali’s Nyepi Holiday

on Mar 09 in Local Customs tagged , , , , by

On March the 12th, all of us in Bali will be celebrating (yet again) another New Year. The celebrations actually begin on the 11th and finish on the 13th and, in the usual Balinese way, it’s complicated. Continue reading to find out why……

A Special Screening – A Balinese Cremation Ceremony – 1932

on Feb 15 in Local Customs tagged , , , by

Bali Artworks has been given special permission by Travel Film Archive to present the attached video for your enjoyment.  Filmed over 80 years ago, this travelogue is a fascinating record of a Balinese cremation ceremony in the 1930′s. As such, it is of historical significance for today’s Balinese people. There have been some changes to [...]

Bali’s Best Cartoonists Make Their Point – With Humour, of course.

on Jan 07 in Art tagged , , by

This past week, the Art Centre in Denpasar held a exhibition and workshop featuring the works of Bali’s 5 most influential cartoonists.

Looking at Bali’s current lifestyle and challenges with humour (and sometimes sorrow), the individual cartoons also spoke volumes on several important topics facing Bali in the near future – overwhelming development, the disturbing increase in HIV infections and how to balance the old with the new.