October 25, 2019 Abia Villas



Bali’s 2019 calendar of events is marked by quite a number of artistic festivals that allow you to indulge in unique celebrations. From arts and culture to music and sports as well as literary celebrations, we have rounded up Bali’s major events for you to take part in this coming November.

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LEGIAN BEACH FESTIVAL (Temporary Schedule)

More than just sand and sun, Legian sits perfectly amid Kuta and Seminyak and offers an irreplaceable taste of paradise. From inspiring arts and crafts, dining experiences, to catching the waves, Legian is acknowledged to be one of Bali’s liveliest and most vibrant areas.

As the name ‘Legian’ means ‘sweet’ in Balinese, Legian Beach Festival promises a lasting sweet memory for its visitors. It’s an outdoor day and night mega festival, set along 700 meters of Legian beachfront. As Legian’s most anticipated festival, the event will bring you to a whole new experience with fun activities and competitions along with beachfront bazaar and food stalls.

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The twelfth annual Bali International Triathlon returns to the Island of the Gods on November 10, 2019 with Herbalife back as a Title Sponsor. This “Triathlon for the Soul” for the fourth time has course steeped in Balinese culture, starting and finishing in Sanur, the largest traditional village in Bali. The triathlon joins the agenda of Sanur Village Festival showcasing Bali’s Spirit of Heritage with a variety of cultural and athletic events.

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Different from the regular Makepung Race, MakepungLampit is held in wetlands, where a pair of buffalo pull the Lampit, or the wooden board, on muddy terrain. Inspired by the Balinese agrarian traditions, MakepungLampit signifies the gotong royong culture, where everyone joins to help each other. In the villages, everyone is helping on the land-levelling process to prepare for the harvesting season. This traditions initiates MakepungLampit.

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Another reason why Tumpek Wayang is important for the locals is that it represents various transitions on the traditional calendar and is a connection between the following days: Saniscara, Kajeng, Kilown and Wayang. As a transitional point, this holiday plays a sacred role for locals.

Another key aspect of these celebrations that make the day so special is that devout Balinese celebrate the day as one that marks the birth of the Lord Kala. Local mythology hints that the birth of Kala may have been the result of unplanned intercourse between Shiva god and Uma goddess, although it is important to note that there are several variations to this mythology.

These variations, however, all point to the coming together of Shiva and Uma, which is why each celebration involves purification rites followed by the signature puppet show. This show is staged at the different temples, and is titled ‘Sapuh Leger’.

Whenever you are in Bali during Tumpek Wayang, look out for the puppet shows staged at different locations. Interact with the locals to learn a thing or two about their culture.



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The Bali Arts Festival has already kicked off with an opening parade in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar and was officially launched by The President of Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo. Most of the events will take place at the Ardha Chandra stage of the Bali Arts Centre, witness a series of stage performances by the Indonesia Arts Institute (ISI) of Denpasar. On the following days, the various stages and different venues come to life with the wide and colourful variety of performances from different art groups from all over the island and Indonesia.

The month-long festival offers you the best showcase of Balinese and Indonesian arts and culture in the entire year! Enjoy traditional music and gamelan recitals at the Ayodya and Angsoka stages. Witness evening Balinese documentary film screenings at the Ksirarnawa auditorium.

The main venue: The Denpasar Arts Centre (Taman Werdhi Budaya), Jalan Nusa Indah, Denpasar.
Date: 23 Juni – 21 July 2018



The Bali Kite Festival is slated for its 39th year. It provides a sight of gigantic traditional kites built with contemporary designs. The festival usually takes place around the start of the windy season.

The Bali Kites Festival is a kiting event that takes place annually, between July and August (sometimes through October). It kicks off notably at the start of the windy season in Bali. The main festival takes place along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur. This is usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favourable weather. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites. Oftentimes, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes. The kite festival in Bali started off as a seasonal agrarian festival. It was held to thank the heavens for abundant crops and harvests. The festivals then became a competitive ground for communal ‘banjar’ youth groups, who send their ‘sekaa layangan’ kite teams to participate and win prize money. A competition is also usually held for ‘new creation’ kites. These may include detailed three-dimensional figures and unusual designs, ranging from Hindu gods, cars and motorbikes, to mascots and brand sponsors. A gamelan orchestra accompanies each troupe. This adds to the joyous spirit of the Bali Kites Festival and the dramatic take-offs.

Some villages in Bali will held this festival and the major one will be at Padang galak Sanur village.



This racing tradition is a large deal in the town of Jembrana, West Bali. It even takes on official championships with a Governor’s Cup or ‘Piala Bupati’ to be won. 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.

Makepung is the name of a major grand prix in Jembrana, West Bali, which features racing buffalo races. Hundreds of pairs of buffaloes are teamed up together with their jockeys. They ride the traditional wooden ploughs that are slightly modified for the competition. The racer buffaloes, or kerbau pepadu, compete in various open race circuits in assorted heats. These series of competitions are held around the district of Melaya. They lead up to the finals, known as the Jembrana Regent’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup.

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Travelers trying to get their money changed in Bali run the risk of being fleeced by dishonest money changers. Fortunately, there are a number of establishments where you can change your cash without worry.

Try changing your currency at one of Bali’s more reputable banks, or even better, try using their ATMs to withdraw cash directly from your credit card or bank account.

Hotel front desks often permit currency exchange, but with lower exchange rates compared to banks and money changers.

Best Bali Money Changing Tips:

  • Trust only money changers that have been recognized by Bank Indonesia; these establishments advertise their status as Pedagang Valuta Asing Berizin or PVA Berizin (Indonesian for “Authorized Money Changer”) with a green PVA Berizin shield where it can be seen by customers.
  • Count your money in the front of the counter before leaving.
  • Keep your money safe in a a strapped bag in the front of your body.
  • See your butler for further advices.

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