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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 [...]

Komang’s Dream Girl – One Balinese Artist’s Personal Interpretation of Balinese Beauty

on Jan 26 in Art tagged , by

We have so many artists in Bali, it’s often very easy to overlook someone’s work because of all the “clutter”.

Whilst not a well-known artist, Komang Rianta’s paintings offer something a little different and, given his lack of professional training, where he lives and his very simple personal life, it’s truly remarkable that he can “speak” through paint in such an individual way.