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Michael Franti gets ready for NYE in Bali

In Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Michael Franti and friends will lead the NYE 2011 revelry, seeing in 2012 with a joyful celebration of life in support of Yayasan Bumi Sehat, the maternity health clinic founded by Ibu Robin Lim, recently awarded CNN Hero of the Year for 2011. All proceeds from the concert will go towards […]

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An Israeli in Indonesia

Etgar Keret is one of Israel’s most acclaimed contemporary authors, with particular appeal to the younger generations. His books are bestsellers in Israel and around the world, and have been translated into 22 languages. His short stories have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope. Over 40 short films have been based on his stories, and Jellyfish, a feature film he co-directed with his wife, won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2007. Catriona Mitchell met him at the 2010 Ubud Writers Festival.

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Through a Glass, Darkly: John Stanmeyer

John Stanmeyer is one of the world’s leading documentary photographers. His book, “Island of the Spirits” documents the five years he spent living in Bali capturing images through a Holga lens; an exhibition and book launching is scheduled for December at the Ganesha Gallery in Jimbaran. In the meantime, here’s a 2006 interview with the photographer by John Douglas.

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Ubud Writers Festival 2009: Q&A with Vikas Swarup

As a novelist, Vikas Swarup made the kind of debut that goes beyond the wildest dreams of most budding authors; not only was his first book, Q&A, picked up by publishers across the world, it went on to become a multiple Oscar-winning blockbuster movie, Slumdog Millionaire. Next week Vikas will be in Ubud for the 2009 UWRF: Kabar caught up with him for a little Q&A in advance of the festival.

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Ubud Writers Festival: The Countdown Begins

It is that literary time of year again in Bali: the 2009 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival kicks off on Wednesday October 7th.

Kabar asked festival founder/director Janet De Neefe what she’s particularly looking forward to this year: here she recommends her top 5 things to see at the festival.

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FLOW (For Love Of Water) Screening in Ubud

Bali’s Green School (www.greenschool.org) organised a screening of the award-winning documentary FLOW (For Love Of Water). Intense and provoking, the film explores aspects of the global water crisis, from polluted tap water and contaminated bottled water in the US to the privatisation of water services in developing countries, which often excludes the poorest from access to clean water.

Producer Steven Starr has been working with students of the Green School over the past week, and described how impressed he was by the “enthusiasm for life” he found on the campus. In March, a group of Green School students travelled to the Global Issues Conference for EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) to present their research on water issues in Bali. This ongoing work is set to become the basis for a documentary film on the subject later this year.

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Hot Property: after 30 years on the island, Bali business is still booming for architect Ross Franklin (Deborah Cassrels in The Australian). Share on Facebook

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Indonesian Surf Star Dazzles on the Silver Screen

Mengejar Ombak, the documentary about Dede Suryana, a young surfer from a West Java village who became an international star, has just won two awards at X-Dance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, a sports documentary festival that runs in conjunction with Sundance Film Festival.

Big congratulations to Jakarta-based director Dave Arnold – this has been a labour of love many years in the making, and all the hard work has resulted in an excellent and thoughtful film that explores the journey of a very special kampung kid thrust into the international surfing spotlight.

Click here to view the trailer and read the article about the film that Dave wrote for Kabar back in 2007. Premieres are planned soon for several locations in Indonesia – we’ll keep you posted!

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Mengejar Ombak wins 2 Awards at X-Dance

Trailer for Mengejar Ombak, the documentary film about Indonesian surfing star Dede Suryana that recently had its international premiere at X-Dance Film Festival in Utah and won two awards, for Original Music Score and Emerging Filmmaker. In 2007, director Dave Arnold shared his aspirations for bouncy castle the film (and made a polite request for […]

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Finding Michi

Just when you think you know Bali, another hidden gem is revealed… Michi Retreat is an experience unlike any other on the island, and it owes its charm to the life of a remarkable personality.

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