- Festival Vibe
- Comments from the Media
- History, Facts and Cultural Overview
- Venues and Other Entertainment
- Food, Drink and Presentations
- Location, Travel and On Site Information
- Camping and Other Accommodation
- Contact and Ticket Information
The most popular event of it's kind in South East Asia, the Bali Spirit Festival combines live music, yoga, dance and energy movements, meditation and healing. Held over five days and four nights, the festival includes an array of day workshops on yoga, dance, wellness and meditation and nightly music concerts and live entertainment.
Workshops held by expert teachers cater to all skill levels and have had great reviews. The world music concerts brings together renowned musicians from around the world and across genres.
"Balispirit Festival is a vibrant and uplifting festival of yoga, dance, and music which awakens and nourishes each individual's potential for positive change within, leading to positive change in our homes, in our communities, and around the world."
2013 line-up and news
The event is set to take place on March 20th - 24th.
Celebrating 5 years of the festival, a new project called Island Of The Gods, a "completely free music compilation celebrating the diverse performers who have graced our stages". To enjoy music from the year's past, download your free music here.
2012 line-up and past lineup highlights
The top music headliners are Rocky Dawuni (one of Africa's top 10 musicians, according to CNN), Luminaries (Conscious HipHop), Delhi 2 Dublin (Bhangra and Electronica fusion), and Dave Stringer (Kirtan fusion). Top yoga and wellness instructors include Simon Low (UK), Twee Merrigan (USA), Mark Whitwell (NZ), and Danny Paradise (USA).
2012's program is full of Live Music, Kirtan Chanting, Yoga, Dance & Energy Movement, Balinese and Indonesian culture, Healing and Hari Cinta Keluarga (A day dedicated to families). To read the full festival lineup click here.
A full day time draft can be found here, but bear in mind this could be subject to change.
The festival describes itself as an event filled with a colourful international tribe of people gathering in anticipation of one of the world's most inspiring events.
Many have described the event as sacred fun, relaxing high quality and in a class of it's own, and a cultural experience for mind, body and soul.
The outdoor beauty and backdrop of Balinese culture and mysticism are also major features with traditional cultural demonstrations and contemporary music performances held daily.
Comments from the Media
- "One of the top 5 yoga festivals in the world," Sue White, South China Morning Post, Jan., 2012
- One of Asia's "top 5 Events with Edge" MiceNet Magazine, 2011
- “In just a few years since its birth, the BaliSpirit Festival has quickly become one of the premiere lifestyle festivals in the world. In the ‘yoga and wellness world, this is the festival that everyone is talking about!” Ciaran Caulfield, owner of Body in Balance SKYTV, Europe’s leading Wellness channel, April 2009
- "All of these people just coming to Ubud for this one magical festival.” " Rebecca Boteler, ABC Radio Australia, Feb., 2012
- “The BaliSpirit Festival successfully captures the essence of Bali's magical culture, its spirituality, and its thriving sense of community. BaliSpirit Festival is an experience to be savoured for many years to come!” Coral Brown, Yoga Instructor, July 2009
- “Come to Ubud and take part in the healing of the planet!“ Michael Franti - Internationally Known Musician & Power to The Peaceful Founder, March 2008
History, Facts and Cultural Overview
When describing the vision for their festival, organisers state "Tri Hita Karana" which translates as "Harmony with God, Harmony in Community, Harmony with Nature".
Founded in 2008, the festival was organized in just three months. Despite this, the founders honoured their commitment to community support by donating $17,000 in 2008 to the Bumi Sehat safe birthing clinic, and $17,000 in 2009 to the Pelangi Community School (Yayasan Cehaya Pelangi). By the end of 2011, the Festival and its partners raised $55,000 for local community causes.
2010 also saw the year where sponsorship was introduced, as well as the launch of the festivals HIV/AIDS awareness program, another example of the events strong community focus.
I Made Gunarta, Robert Weber and Meghan Pappenheim are the founders and each bring something unique to the event they created:
- I Made Gunarta (Co-Founder and Cultural Liaison): A natural architect who comes from a long line of socially minded Balinese. His great-grand father, the head of The Sacred Monkey Forest restoration project, and his mother, a school principal for over 30 years are two great examples.
- Robert Weber (Co-Founder and Musical Director): A documentary film maker and music producer, Robert runs a recording studio in Bali. He is also supporter of grassroots ecological and social initiatives.
- Megan Pappenheim (Co-Founder and Festival Producer): originally from New York City, arrived in Bali in 1992 to complete her BA in Balinese Indigenous Folk Art, and met her husband Kadek Gunarta. During 18 years of partnership they have created a vibrant group of companies in Ubud including Balispirit.com, the definitive website for Bali’s growing holistic scene
Venues and Other Entertainment
There are two venues one for the day events and one for the night. Purnati Center for the Arts is the Day Time venue where you will find beautiful green lawns, a swimming pool, 6 workshop spaces, 3 healing bungalows, a holy temple at the base of the property next to a river. Apart from the ticketed events there is also a Dharma Fair (ecofriendly) Marketplace, Yantra garden, space for local NGOs, a Gratitude Corner, alternative medicine services, and Watsu pool.
Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) resort is the night time venue, where there is the One World outdoor stage of ARMA surrounded by old growth trees and hand carved statues, as well as the night time concerts, there is also a night market and product Bazaar on site.
(Children under 12 and caregivers are admitted free and there is a space for kids to play and rest at the Purnati Center. Shuttle buses to and from Ubud are available).
Many also enjoy the opening night ceremony, which is included in your ticket depending on what ticket package you select, there are also several pre-festival events.
Food, Drink and Presentations
There are many arts and crafts stalls and market booths at the Festival's Dharma Fair. There is also a food and product Bazaar and chill out zone at the night time venue
Food choices are a mix of Western and Indonesian, with many healthy, organic options (including vegan, vegetarian and raw). There is also space for alternative medicine practitioners and daily presentations about holistic living will be offered.
Location, Travel and On Site Information
Day Time Venue: Purnati Center for the Arts, Batuan – Just 15 minutes south of Ubud. Night Time Venue: Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) – Jln Pengoseken, Ubud.
Ubud is a small city 35 KM south of the Bali airport, Indonesia. It is the arts centre of Bali and is famous for its artists, paintings and its many crafts some of which include bamboo crafts and furniture and wood and stone carvings. There is plenty to do in Ubud during your stay there. Visiting some of its museums, art and craft centres tops the list. Ubud is also popular among tourists for its regular nightly traditional dance performances which are part of the traditional culture.
As it is 200-300 Kms above sea level, the weather in Ubud is cooler and more pleasant than the rest of Bali, and the best time to visit would be the European summer which is the coolest and driest season there.
In regards to how safe Bali is, the US state department may have put a travel warning on Indonesia, but there no such warning on the island of Bali. The island itself has been touted by all major Western tourism and travel companies and media. Ubud is also known as one of the friendliest towns in Asia.
In regards to sanitation although you may be staying in upscale to midrange resorts, it is advised to use bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.
In regards to immunizations, the festival states the following: "As recommended by Meghan Pappenheim, an American resident of Bali: There is no Malaria, Encephalitis or Polio on the island of Bali. A Tetanus shot is a good idea. You do not need Malaria Medication, as malaria is a rarity in Bali. You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly - a mild dysentery that passes in a few days."
The closest airport is Denpasar, however renting a car from there is not necessary, for $20.00 you can get a taxi to the site (which is about an hour's drive) and if purchased the shuttle bus should meet all your local travel needs during the festival.
If you want to hire a car, a car with a driver will cost around $30-$40/ day, however the shuttle bus is a great way to meet others at the festival.
Immigration: Indonesia has a visa-on-arrival system for Aus, CAN, US & EU citizens. For further details on this you can read on the requirements here
In regards to exchange rates and cash, the festival states the following
- Most small shops, restaurants & tour companies run on cash. ATM machines are rampant on the island, most having the Cirrus and Plus connection. You often get a very good exchange rate via ATM and its convenient. Money Changers are all over Bali, although not all over them trustworthy. Try and stay away from the small storefront Balinese money changers - the guys with hand written signs and made up rates.... The larger establishments, or those that say 'authorized money changer', will be a safer bet.
- . In dire time, you can always do a cash advance at a local bank, but it will cost you 18-20% from your bank PLUS another % from the Bali Bank... As far as exchange rates go, if you have travelers checks, their rates are different than CASH. And, the smaller the bill, the less the rate. $5 is worth less to a money changer than $100, and the rate they will give you will reflect that.
- For Credit Cards in Bali - Diners is non-existent & American Express is rarely accepted, although there is an American Express office somewhere on the island where you can go to buy travelers checks and report stolen cards if need be. Visa and MasterCard are the cards of choice
- Remember to inform your credit card's issuing bank about your intended trip or else you will risk getting your credit card accounts frozen from 'un-expected activity'. Lastly, to see the most recent exchange rate, check here: www.xe.com, but realize that the online rate is rarely 100% correct and will be off by a few cents.
Camping and Other Accommodation
There is no camping at Bali Spirit Festival. However the festival does offer certain packages with local hotels in Ubud to stay at and there are many low cost options at local homestays. For details on the all varying packages you can find our more here.
Contact and Ticket Information
- VIP FESTIVAL PASS: Access to daytme workshops for 5 days, Night concert, VIP classes and area, Backstage pass to "Meet the Artists" from 6-7pm - with drinks and canapes, Invitation to the Opening ceremony and Dinner, Goodie Bag, Unlimted transport between festival venus, access to Bamboo project. (Door price: 800 USD/ Early Bird 700 USD/ Super Early Bird 625 USD)
- FULL FESTIVAL PASS Access to all Daytime workshops for 5 Days, Access to all ARMA Night Music Concert, Access to Bamboo Project. (Door price: 600 USD/ Early bird: 550 USD/ Super Early Bird: 475 USD)
- WEEKEND PASS Access to all Daytime workshops for 3 Days (Friday - Sunday), Access to all ARMA Night Music Concert (Friday - Sunday) (Door: 400 USD/ Early Bird: 375 USD)
- SINGLE DAY PASS: Access to all ARMA Night Music Concert (Friday - Sunday) (Door 165)
- SHUTLLE BUS TICKET: Unlimited transportation to and from the festival venues, IDR 200.000 Tickets only on sale at the gate!
Night concert passes
More information coming soon.