‘Maladjustment’ – An Exhibition by Arahmaiani, I GAK Murniasih, and Mary Lou Pavlovic at Neka Gallery, Ubud  

As part of the 2019 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2019 three international female artists will undertake a joint exhibition at Ubud’s Neka Art Museum. Entitled "Maladjustment” the exhibition will feature the work of three internationally recognized contemporary women artists, I GAK Murniasih (Bali, Indonesia), Arahmaiani (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), and Mary Lou Pavlovic (NSW, Australia). Exhibiting together for the first time, they provide insight into the contemporary feminist movement across three diverse cultures while examining society’s enduring need to police and repress the female body. Although all the works presented are more than 10 years old, they remain relevant in the contemporary context in how they represent male violation and control of the female body.

When:         26. October – 24. November  2019, Daily from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where:        Neka Art Museum, Jalan Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kecamatan Ubud, Bali 80571

Canggu Yoga Festival

Save the date: the first ever Canggu Yoga Festival is gearing up to make its debut this year, bringing together the top wellness destinations and yoga studios in town for a charity- focused event. Each class will cost just IDR 75,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to a Bali-based charity of each studio’s choosing. Throughout the one week festival, special events will run every evening, starting with a twilight opening party with Kirtan at Udara in Seseh, and finishing with a closing party at COMO Beach Club in Echo Beach. Throughout the week, these events will run across all locations, ranging from dance parties, brunches and music events, to mindful meditations and even Climbing&Bouldering… and of course, all proceeds will go to Bali’s chosen charities.

When:          2. - 9. November 2019
Where:         12 different Canggu Yoga Studios. Check specific class and event schedule

Badung Art and Culture Festival

As a part of the Mangupura Anniversary Celebrations the Badung Art and Culture Festival is famous for its Angklung competition (a Balinese bamboo tube music instrument). This year the festival is entering the 13th year. Located in front of Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi, at Badung Government central the opening ceremony is attended by the Regent of Badung. The three-day festival is incredibly interesting to attend: with beautiful dances, an art parade, a drum contest, a barong performance  and sacred ceremonies all organized by the local community.  

When:          6. November  -12. November 2019
Where:         Badung, Jl. Raya Sempidi, Dalung, Badung, Bali Indonesia

Bali International Triathlon - “Triathlon for the Soul”

For the 12th time the annual Bali International Triathlon is circling around Sanur. Over the years it has become one of the biggest sporting events on the Island of the Gods and has been attracting many athletes from all over the world. Not only do they have an excellent organization before/during the tournament, the race also gets along some less populated areas and picturesque landscapes. With this year’s motto ‘Triathlon for the Soul’ the swim portion of the race begins at sunrise and is followed by the bike sprint and a road race through the streets of Bali’s sleepy villages. In addition to the main Olympic distance event, there are fun races that can be joined by all, like the 5km Fun Run Race Category.  Spectators are welcome to watch.

When:         10. November 2019, Race Central opens at 4:30am, First Race starts at 6:30am
Where:        Courses are based in Sanur and around

Tumpek Wayang

Tumpek Wayang is a series of Tumpek sacred days which is celebrated every 6 months (210 days). During these sacred days, Hindus will perform a ceremony directed to God as his manifestation as a God of Weather (Lord Iswara) to plead for the salvation and the sanctity of the people. Tumpek Wayang is also known as "the day of art" as it is believed that the day was the birth of various types of art tools such as: gong, gender, shadow puppet (wayang), barong and others.

When:         17. November 2019

Lomba Makepung Lampit  -  Jembrana Cup Finals

The Finals of a widely enjoyed spectacle: the Mekepung, the great buffalo race held in the regency of Jembrana/West Bali. Not only a few, but about a hundred  teams of jockeys and pairs of buffalos (Pepadu) together ride/tow the traditional Balinese wooden ploughs which are slightly modified for the qualifying races from July till November. It will take place over the weekend of November 17th during Sunday morning around 7 to 8am and last for a few hours. Enjoy the Jembrana Cup Finals with the best teams of 2019 and of course plenty of local food and refreshing drinks.

When:         17. November 2019
Where:        Delod Berawah Village Circuit, Delod Berawah, Mendoyo, Jembrana Regency, Bali

Buda Cemeng Klawu

Once every six months, a ceremony is held to honour the Goddess of Prosperity in Bali. Balinese believe, that things related to money, e.g. a loan, should not be paid on this day. On the special day, you will see many people gather in front of shops, markets or house's temples with stacks and stacks of brightly coloured rattan baskets, along with canangs (offerings), sweet-smelling flowers, and incense. It's the day to honour Dewi Laksmi: the goddess of fortune and prosperity, the goddess of Widya (knowledge), and the goddess who brings happiness between friends and families. Learn more about Balinese ceremonies.      

When:         20. November

What weather to expect when traveling to Bali in November

Traveling during November can be rainy, but that fact needn’t put you off. Go expecting some rain, mostly during nighttime; it’s not constant and everything dries up quite quickly. Also waiting for the rain to stop in a café or restaurant is an option, as well as using the chance to have a massage or spa treatment, or manicure, or do some shopping. Nevertheless it's still very warm, and you'll find bright blue skies with some clouds. The average sea temperature in this month is 27°C (81°F), which is warm water and enjoyable even for extended periods of time.