Bali International Film Festival
24th – 30th SEPTEMBER: Already in its tenth year, the Bali International Film Festival, also known as BALINALE, is taking place from 24th to 30th September. The festival, which attracts talents from around the world, is recognized as one of the most multifarious film festivals in the world. Inspired by the cultural and geographical diversity of Bali, BALINALE invites Indonesian and international filmmakers to submit their works in three categories: short film, documentary and feature film. The unique mix of audience, made of locals and expatriates from every corner of the world, gets to enjoy independent and award-winning films in the comfort of a Cinemaxx located at Lippo Mall Kuta.
13th – 15th OCTOBER: Taking off in Singapore in 2013, Oktoberfest Asia attracts an international audience made of beer connoisseurs and Bavarian gourmet food fans. The guests can savour beers from Bavarian and local breweries to the sounds played by a real Bavarian band, which travelled all the way from Munich especially for this event. Some of the oldest, purest beers that will be available during the event are Paulaner Bräuhaus, Schneider Weiss, Weihenstephan and Archipelago. Make sure to keep your calendar open between 13th and 15th October and join the fun of Oktoberfest Asia on Tan Quee Lan Street.
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
26th – 30th OCTOBER: After making international headlines last year, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) is returning in 2016 for yet another powerful five-day program of global voices and extraordinary stories from authors, artists and advocates. From 26th to 30th October, the UWRF will focus on topical political, social, historical and environmental issues through the lens of this year’s theme – Tat Tvam Asi, or “I am you, you are me” – cementing its reputation as a platform for global dialogue. Expect talks from celebrated American novelist Hanya Yanagihara, 2016 Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood, controversial Indonesian writer and social commentator Seno Gumira Ajidarma, powerful feminist film-maker Djenar Maesa Ayu, winner of The Guardian First Book Award, Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos and prominent Indonesian actor Slamet Rahardjo, whose career has spanned multiple decades and political regimes. Tickets are on sale now via the website: www.ubudwritersfestival.com