• Culture Clubbing on the Second Sunday of Every Month

    December & January Program Schedule for ‘Bale Banjar Culture Club’ at Ayodya Resort Bali to Feature Jan Mantjika on a Life Spent in Bali (Dec 10th) and Dr. Lawrence Blair (Jan. 14th) on Bali as the Island of the Dogs

    (11/26/2017)

    The second monthly Bale Banjar Culture Club – a series of free lectures and presentations held on the second Sunday of each month at the Ayodya Resort Bali – will take place on Sunday, December 10, 2017, when long-time Bali resident and author Jan Mantjika will discuss her book, “Bali 1964 to 2009: The Shadows that Dance in and out of my Memory.”

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    A young New Zealander when she first arrived in Bali with her Balinese Columbo Plan husband and an infant daughter in 1964, Mantjika was forced to comprehend her way through a confusing Babylon of new languages; hungrily live from hand to mouth in a world of never-ending shortages; cheerfully accept demands to fulfill the ritual and cultural demands of being a dutiful Balinese wife; and negotiate daily life in a country experiencing a whirlpool of nationalistic frenzy where foreigners were often viewed with fear and loathing.

    Arriving in Bali during the “years of living dangerously,” Jan raised her young family from within the confines of a Balinese compound while tumultuous events of precipitated by the “failed” coup of 1965 unfolded around her. Many historians claim that the bloodletting and social upheaval that followed the “night of the generals” reached its frenzied peak in Bali 1965-1966 as Jan protectively clung to her children as angry crowds marched down Bali’s streets. Food and daily essentials, such as soap, were hard to come by as neighbors whispered over backyard walls about acquaintances who had suddenly disappeared and local rivers and beaches strewn with the bodies of the newly massacred.

    Jan’s book and memories span the period from the troublesome 1960s to modern Indonesia, a period in which she raised a family, established a successful travel agency, and became a valued patron of a foundation assisting handicapped and disabled people in Bali.

    Jan will read selections from her book and share anecdotes from her remarkable life during her appearance the Bale Banjar Culture Club on December 10, 2017.

    A limited number of Jan Mantjika’s books (Saritaksu Press, 2015), now in its second printing, will be available for purchase and author’s autograph during the December 10th gathering – just in time for Christmas giving.

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    Dr. Lawrence Blair 

    Be sure, also, to mark your calendar to attend the 3rd Bale Banjar Culture Club on Sunday, January 14, 2017 when the world-renowned filmmaker and author Dr. Lawrence Blair will show his film “Bali – Island of the Dogs” and speak on “Beasts of Bali, and How to Enjoy Them – a new look at the creatures which inhabit both the Island and its Mythology”

    Dr. Blair has spent much of the past 40 years living in, exploring, and making films about Indonesia. In 2006, he wrote and presented, for SKY TV UK, the five-part series Myths, Magic, and Monsters, which explores the stranger sides of both nature and the human mind. He is also the writer, presenter, and co-producer (with his late brother, Lorne) of the internationally acclaimed series RING OF FIRE, (PBS in the States, and BBC in the UK) which won two Emmy awards in l988 and awakened the world to Indonesia’s existence.

    In addition to having been Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California, Lawrence has also co-written and or co-presented documentary films:  Bali – Island of the Dogs, Baraka, and The Coral Triangle, which have aired this year on Animal Planet. Dr. Blair is much in demand as a speaker for corporate keynote address and as a lecturer on luxury cruise ships and private expedition ships exploring the remote corners of Indonesia

    Bale Banjar Culture Club
    Schedule of Speakers
    7:00 pm – Ayodya Bali Resort at the Bale Banjar

    Sunday – 10 December 2017
    The Shadows that Dance in and Out of My Memory: Bali 1964 -2009
    By Janice Mantjika

    Sunday – 14 January 2018
    Bali – Island of the Dogs – Beasts of Bali, and How to Enjoy Them – a New Look at the Creatures, which Inhabit both the Island and its Mythology
    By Dr. Lawrence Blair

    Sunday – 11 February 2018
    Do you Dare to be a Balinese?
    By I Gusti Raka Panji Tisna
    A graduate of U.S. and Australian Universities, Panji is a man of many parts: author, cultural expert, lecturer, dancer and internationally certified Yoga instructor all forming part of his diverse and interesting biography. While many fantasize on the idyllic existence of being “born Balinese,” Panji will share the specific challenges and tribulations of what growing up in a Balinese household entails.

    Sunday – 11 March 2018
    Balinese Music Demystified
    Vaughan Hatch – Ethnomusicologist
    Native New Zealander and ethnomusicologist Vaughan Hatch first came to Bali in 1997 to commence what has become a life-long study of traditional Balinese music. Along the way Hatch established a Balinese family and founded the Sanur-baed Mekar Bhuana musical group dedicated to preserving ancients forms of Balinese gamelan and compositions. Hatch is certain to add insights that will enhance everyone’s appreciation of Balinese Music

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