Ubud Food Festival 2017

Food festivals can be found in most countries as it is a great way to promote the local cuisines to the world. The Ubud Food Festival in Bali is also aimed to bring the Indonesian and Balinese cuisine, particularly to the outer world. The festival is also a way to celebrate the local produce and cuisine as well as a moment for prominent chefs gathers in the island.

The three days festival offers the opportunity to discover the variety and wealth of Indonesian cuisine. There will be also events such as organic markets and food bazaar which allows tasting the freshest farm items. The festival also invites famous chefs and culinary experts to take part in Ubud Food Festival including celebrity chef Farah Quinn, chef Rinrin Marinka, Pak Bondan Winarno, and more.

Performance and even details

This year festival will bring the theme of ‘Every flavor is a story’. The theme is aimed to celebrate the culinary heritage in Indonesia in which every recipe, ingredients, and culinary tradition have the story of the nation’s geography, history, and also diverse culture. It serves as a reflection of every journey of food production to bring it to the plate. Every flavor has the relationship of the local farmers to building the awareness of broader awareness of the industry and ecological trend which shapes the world and particularly Indonesia’s culinary.

During the three days of the festival, the member of culinary industry and food lovers will experience the influence of flavor from every food to deepen the understanding what the food tells us and also the stories to tell through food.

There will be events such as live music from local bands, film screenings and also workshops. Food photography, writers, and Instagrammers workshop will be hosted by the industry’s best during the festival. The new addition program is the kitchen stage which is a cooking demonstration series that open for free. The demonstration will be conducted in Bahasa Indonesia by the country’s national chefs and international chefs as well to not only share the recipe but also the story behind it.

Ubud Food Festival will also host fringe events for a month before and after the festival. The fringe events will be held in Sanur and Seminyak dining hotspots with a long table for lunch which focusing on Balinese local taste. It will feature the collaborations of four chefs at Bikini.

Ubud Food Festival 2017

The third Ubud Food Festivals will be held on 12-14 May 2017 featuring more than 100 culinary icons, chefs, environmental advocates, restaurants, and also social inventors to descend on the island. The ticket varies throughout the festival according to the events. Workshops and special events ticket start from IDR 250,000 while opening night party starts from IDR 500,000. Tickets are available in Taman Kuliner, Ubud as the ticket box. The ticket box will also be used as the opening hub where the hosted talks and free events are held. Public visitors also have the chance to enjoy drinks, food, live music, and also fresh market bazaars.

Los Angeles, 21/4 (Benhil/Antara/Reuters, 21/04/2017) - Bintang-bintang "Guardians of the Galaxy" film Marvel tentang sekelompok pahlawan integalaktik, mendarat di Hollywood untuk debut kembalinya mereka dalam sekuel yang telah dinantikan para penggemarnya.

Kelompok pahlawan itu akan memulai petualangan tingkat tinggi yang lain dalam "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2".

Dalam "Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2," pahlawan ruang angkasa Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket dan Groot menemukan diri mereka dikejar oleh seorang penjahat dan sekali lagi diberi tugas menyelamatkan alam semesta.

Dalam perjalanan mereka bergabung dengan Nebula, adik perempuan Gamora, bajak laut ruang angkasa Yondu dan Mantis, alien empatik. Film itu dijadwalkan dibuka di bioskop pada 5 Mei 2017.

"Ini adalah satu juta keping teka-teki dan saat Anda duduk kembali melihat mosaik yang telah Anda kumpulkan, Anda akan mendapatkan bahwa gagasan ini sepenuhnya telah dieksekusi, " kata Chris Pratt, yang berperan sebagai Peter Quill, dalam acara karpet merah penayangan perdana film itu pada Rabu.

"Film ini brilian, musiknya bagus, sangat lucu dan dramatis. Film Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 memiliki emosi dan hubungan yang hebat, menakjubkan, " kata Pratt.

Sylvester Stallone, yang memerankan Stakar Ogord, pemimpin bajak laut ruang angkasa yang dikenal sebagai "ravagers," mengatakan bahwa film laga merupakan mitologi modern jika dikerjakan dengan benar." "Jenis film laga yang pernah saya lakukan agak berbeda lebih 'mano-a-mano' ... sekarang mereka telah mengembangkan pahlawan penjaga alam semesta Marvel ini yang memiliki hati, yang memiliki banyak emosi, yang membawanya selangkah lebih jauh lagi," katanya, menggunakan ungkapan bahasa Spanyol untuk pertempuran "satu lawan satu" yang terkait dengam jenis kompetisi antara dua orang.

"Ini semacam persilangan antara 'Rocky' dengan 'Rambo' di ruang angkasa, "tambahnya.

Sekuel ini melanjutkan kisah "Guardian of the Galaxy" yang dikeluarkan pada tahun 2014, yang memecahkan rekor box office musim panas dan memunculkan kader baru pahlawan unik di alam semesta Marvel.

"Saya membuat film tentang orang buangan untuk orang buangan dan ini sangat menyentuh saya bahwa orang-orang di seluruh dunia, entah di sini atau di sana, di Jepang atau di Rusia atau di Inggris telah tersentuh oleh film ini, "kata penulis dan sutradara James Gunn.

James Gunn akan kembali menulis dan menyutradarai film "Guardians" ketiga, yang akan diluncurkan pada tahun 2020. (Ben/Ant/Reu)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Tanah Lot Temple at sunset

There is no doubt that Bali has become one of the most favorite destinations for all tourists. Every single year, tourists from all over the world always come here to spend their vacation. Once you come to this beautiful island, you will not want to leave it. In this city, there is a number of attractions which can entertain us all the time. Either it is the nature, cultural shows, or public facilities. These all features have given some good reputations to the city. 

Speaking of reputation, recently Bali just got another great news. If you check out the website of TripAdvisor, Bali has been selected as the best tourism destination in the world for this year. As usual, this website of travel hold an annual event known as Traveler’s Choice Awards. It is an award of which all tourists who give their vote to choose the winner. This year in category of Best Destination, Bali got voted the most which turns this city as the winner. 

All Indonesian people are surely so proud of hearing this amazing news now. Besides this winning announcement, there is another factor which can make the people more proud. That is the fact that Bali can defeat other strong competitors. In this case, this city has beat other famous tourism destinations such as Paris, Roma, New York, and many more. Besides TripAdvisor, there is another website which wrote an article about how Bali can remove London from the first position of traveling destination. In fact, the article is started with “London has fallen...”. This statement comes from the program manager of American Online (AoL), Morgan Giordano. He said that this island has become a special place for travelers. This is the perfect place for surfers to stand at the end of the cliff of Uluwatu Temple and enjoy such beautiful sunset. 

Truth to be told, it is not surprising to see Bali can seize the crown from other cities. This is the place where you can get a complete satisfying vacation. It can accommodate every traveler to get some unforgettable adventure anf spoil themselves for good. According to the Tourism Minister of Indonesia, Arief Yahya, the 3A of Bali is totally complete. Those are Attraction, Access, Amenity. 

There is no need to question how Bali has tons of entertaining attractions. It has beautiful beaches such as Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, etc. This city is also well-known for its temples like Besakih and Ulun Danu Bratan. Some of the attractions are easy to access. We can choose whether we want to go from one place to another with motorcycles, cars, or even walking. Furthermore, it also has some lovely facilities to enjoy. In our opinion, one of the best facilities is definitely their special Balinese spa. This is everyone will need after going here and there for such a long time, relaxing our body and relieving our fatigue. 

As you can see, Bali has everything we need for our holiday. Besides vacation, it is also a great place for romantic moments like proposal, wedding, honeymoon, and anniversary. All in all, we completely agree with Bali as the world’s best tourism destination in 2017.

Jakarta, (Benhil, 21/4/2017) - RUU Pemilu atau Rancangan Undang-Undang Penyelenggaraan Pemilihan Umum akan mengatur mekanisme kampanye di media sosial karena selama ini belum diatur dalam sebuah produk UU namun hanya di Peraturan Komisi Pemilihan Umum, kata anggota Panitia Khusus RUU Pemilu Achmad Baidowi.

Media sosial berbasis teknologi dengan berbagai bentuk mulai dari Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Path, Pinterest, Google+, Medium dan deretan nama panjang lainnya adalah media online yang mudah digunakan untuk berbagi konten, baik itu konten negatif maupun positif. Gambang dikerjakan dan dibagikan oleh siapa saja untuk tujuan tertentu, urusan pribadi, promosi usaha hingga kampanye online, termasuk melakukan bullying.

"RUU Pemilu mulai mengatur kampanye di media sosial karena UU sebelumnya belum mengatur terkait hal tersebut," ujar Achmad Baidowi di Jakarta, Jumat.

Baidowi mengatakan PKPU No. 7 tahun 2015 tentang Kampanye Pemilihan Gubernur, Bupati dan Wali Kota hanya mengatur mengenai akun resmi pasangan calon dan para pendukung.

Menurut beliau, terkait akun-akun liar yang banyak beredar di medsos belum diatur sehingga diperlukan payung hukum agar tidak terjadi kampanye hitam terhadap salah satu calon.

"Pengaturannya seperti apa, pemerintah silahkan melakukan simulasi misalnya terkait kampanye hitam bagaimana mengatasinya," ujarnya.

Politisi PPP (Parta Persatuan Pembangunan) itu menilai pengaturan kampanye di medsos dalam UU Pemilu kampanye di media sosial sangat penting karena kedepan kecenderungan digital politik siber (digital campaign) semakin menguat dan berkembang sangat dinamis.

Karena itu dia kalau tidak disiapkan perangkat aturan maka masyarakat akan menjadi korban dari kampanye hitam dan berita-berita "hoax" yang disebarkan akun-akun "liar" tidak bertanggung jawab.

"Terus terang masyarakat risih ketika orang berantem di medsos karena muncul sebuah komentar tanpa 'tedeng aling-aling'," katanya.

Dia menjelaskan tujuan dibuat UU Pemilu tersebut agar kampanye di media sosial (medsos) bisa terkontrol dan terkendali sehingga kampanye hitam bisa berkurang. (Ben/Ant)

Kampanye Media Sosial

President Joko Widodo at Bali Arts Festival


Bali is not only the home for natural beauty, but the island is also the home for culture and art. The local people embody the culture and tradition into their everyday life. No wonder if plenty religion ritual, tradition, and also festivals are held annually. This is because the Balinese people never once neglect their religion and cultural heritage. One of the most hype annual festivals in Bali is the Bali Arts Festival or Pesta Kesenian Bali (PKB).

As the name suggest, Bali Arts Festival is an annual celebration of arts which features Balinese fine arts. Thousands of people from all over Bali, other parts of Indonesia, and even overseas are gathered to join in the festival. The festival will be held in a full month and of course half-partying in Balinese style. There will be shows of traditional bamboo arts and figures as well as colorful costumes parades and performances. Bali Arts Festival is all about art and culture.  

About Bali Arts festival

The Bali Arts Festival usually starts on second Saturday in June and continues to around mid-July. The festival is the perfect moment to witness the Bali’s culture richness of performing arts as well as other cultures from parts of Indonesia. As the main highlights of Balinese annual events, most arts performance and daily exhibitions will take place at Taman Werdhi Budaya Art Center. 

On regular day tour, the Denpasar Art Center is the place to admire the fabulous Balinese structural architecture and sculpture which is a great place for photo shoots. When the arts festival time comes the art center transforms into a lively art spots with colorful traditional coconut leaf and bamboo decorations and banner. 

The idea of Bali Arts Festival is to conceptualize the people idea to promote cultural tourism. The Balinese people believe that Bali should be for tourism and spread the good words about Balinese culture. Then some tourism and culture organizations further bring the idea of Bali Arts Festival into real and become one of the most famous annual events on the island. 

The annual celebration of art and culture

Bali Arts Festival will be started with an opening parade in Bajra Sandhi Monument, Denpasar. The parades are one of the important events in the festivals as lots of performers perform their dance and music along the street while wearing fancy costumes or colorful Balinese traditional clothing. On the evening after the parade, there will be an official ceremony. During the festival month, there will be various contemporary and traditional performances of shadow puppetry, dances, youth competitions, music compositions, craft exhibitions, flower arrangements, food stalls, and more. 

38th Bali Arts Festival 2017

This year the 38th Bali Arts Festivals will be held on June 10 to July 8. The theme for this year festival will be Taksu which means inner power. The theme is brought to put traditional arts in the first before the modern arts. The festival main aim is to promote the existence and identity of Balinese culture and spirit. Thus, there should be more about the traditional culture and art in the festival.

Bali Creative Week 2017

Creative week events are often held in big cities in Indonesia including Bali as well. Bali is not only famous for the beautiful beaches and nature, the island is also the home for culture, arts, and creative events. There is culture and art festivals are held annually such as the Bali Creative Week. The island is once again being the host for the creative week which is a big event to provide a place for young and creative people. 

Bali Creative Week is an event to accommodate youngster creativity not only from Bali but also all over Indonesia. This event is specifically created for those who run in creative business. Hundreds of young designer from various brands with plenty creative and authentic products will gather for the event. Young designers and local brands creative works will be displayed in the event. The creative works include fashion, art, lifestyle, craft, hobbies, and more. There will also art and talent performances from the various creative community including the indie band. The free creative workshop will also be held to jazz up the event. 

As the first creative event on the island, Bali Creative Week is expected to continuously be held every year. The creative week serves as a way to support the creative industry in Indonesia. It also gives the space for young designers, performers, and entrepreneurs to be more productive. The event also serves as additional attractions for tourism for both domestic and international tourist.

About the event
As a creative event for youngsters, Bali Creative Week provides space for young creative people to freely express their creativity. The event is not limited to Balinese people only. In fact, it invites all creative communities from all over Indonesia, particularly Bali, to show their talent and creativity in this cool event. Bali Creative Week is dedicated for all creative generation all over the country. 
Bali Creative Week will be held for four days is expected to attract fifteen thousands of visitors. This free event is also expected to process more than 1 billion transactions. Creative and authentic designers, community, and local brands from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Bali will join the national event. All events including creative exhibitions, indie bands, talent performers, and creative workshops are open for free. 

Bali Creative Week 2017
The third Bali Creative Week 2017 will be held for four days from April 27 to 30, 2017. The event precisely took place at long weekend according to Indonesian calendar. Level 21 Mall Denpasar will be the host of the honorable creative event. Followed by thousands of creative youngster, Bali Creative Week 2017 brings the concept of “Local’s Creative Event” which is aimed to help talented and creative youngsters to showcase their creative work to the world. This year’s theme of Bali Creative Week is the Eclectic Mode which means inspiration from Indonesia’s nature richness. This theme will be the forecasting trending fashion trend in 2017. The creative event is expected to bring a contribution for tourism and creative market itself. Make sure to mark the calendar for Bali Creative Week 2017.

Mesatua

Have you ever come to Bali? If you do, you must have realized how this city clings strongly to their traditional culture. They sometimes hold special events to show the culture of the city. One of them is Mesatua Bali Contest.

This contest is an event where a lot of young participants, mostly elementary students, will show their skill in story telling. This is not an ordinary story telling. The participants narrate their tales while doing a body gesture like they want to dance. It aims to make their act becoming more lively with the story. In addition, they also wear a traditional apparel for a final touch. Meanwhile, the stories usually performed in this event are folk tales originally from Bali. For example, there are Cupak Teken Grantang, Pan Balang Tamak, Naga Basukih, and many more. Since this is Balinese stories, all of the contestants must bring them in their native language. So, if you want to attend this event, you must know their language.

Not a long time ago, Bali just conducted Mesatua Bali Contest in Gianyar District on April 12, 2017. They held it in order to celebrate the 246th birthday of the district. The show was began with a Pendet Dance performed by a number of children. Then it continued with a prayer and opening speeches by the committee and regent. After that, another dancing performance known as Sekar Ibing entertained the audience before the main show was started.

This contest has been going on for a long time. But comparing to previous years, there is something different with the last show. In this year event, the committe allowed children with disabilities to join. In total, there are 21 disabled kids participated in this contest. One of them is Komang Gede Darmawan. He narrated a story about Lutung and I Kakua. In the middle of his performance, he told people that he forgot the story. It is quite understandable since he has intellectual disability. Although he could not perform really well, Darmawan claimed that he is still glad to be able to express his love of art.

About the judging, the juries will do it based on several points. Those are vocal, story telling skill, appreciation, and language. But, specially for the contest in this year, those points are not valid considering the condition of the participants.

There are several purposes of Mesatua Bali Contest. First, they intend to introduce Bali culture and art more widely to people. Second, it aims to maintain the culture so young generation will not forget their root. In this case, they particularly want to preserve their native language. Last but not least, through this event, they want to encourage all disabled children to express themselves. The Regent of Gianyar, Agung Bharata, told to the children not to lose their heart and spirit due to their condition. They must never be afraid of showing their creativity. Moreover, he even said that the people of the district will always support them.

Chinese tourist in Tanah Lot

Bali is one of the most popular islands in Indonesia which has wonderful scenery and has a lot of traditional dances that are really worth to visit. Most of the foreign tourists know Bali and they always make Bali as their first destination when visiting Indonesia. Some of the visitors are coming from China who really love Bali so much and wish to spend their holidays in Bali. Bali is really potential to become the best future tourist destination. But, some of the visitors from China have their own ideas about developing Bali well.

Some of the China travellers who visit Bali want to increase the development of Bali as a tourist destination so that it does not only focus on the nature view and the culture. Some of those visitors from Chine have pointed out their suggestions to develop Bali to become a better tourist destination. If Bali still wants to get more visitors from overseas, including China, so the government needs to think smartly and innovatively. 

As the parameter of the national tourist destination, Bali must be a leader for the entire attractions in Indonesia. Bali needs to support some small enterprises all across the Indonesia to market their products including typical meals and handicrafts made by the local people so that the whole worlds know that Indonesia is really rich and there are not only products of Bali that the visitors can get but they can also enjoy the other typical meals and handicrafts.

Moreover, Bali must have a large international hospital so that any visitors may visit Bali for not only spending their holiday but they also want to have a medical treatment. It shows that Bali really cares about the importance of health and fitness. Besides, Bali also needs to have self-development to become a centre of scientific research. 

It is undeniable that the visitors from China are getting increased recently. There were about 195,000 visitors from China in January 2017 and it is larger than the last year. It is also known that the visitors from China who visit in January are also larger than the Asia-Pacific countries visits. In 2016, the visitors from China were about 1,450,000 and it was also getting increased than the previous year. 

To realize the target, the government tries to promote Wonderful Indonesia to China. There were some exhibitions held in this year. Besides, the government of Badung also has promoted the Bali attractions to Mongolia and Tianjin in this month. The vice minister of China also stated that there will be 700 million people of China who are going to travel overseas in the next five years. It shows that China government supports their citizens to have travelling overseas including to Indonesia as the growth of China economy.
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