(12/21/2017) The monthly lecture series on Balinese Art and Culture held on the second Sunday of each month at the Ayodya Resort Bali will continue in on January 14, 2018, with the appearance of Dr. Lawrence Blair.
A renowned anthropologist, Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, and long-time Bali resident - 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 Dire, (PBS in the States, and BBC in the UK) which won two Emmy Awards in l988 and awakened the world to Indonesia’s existence.
Appearing on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm in a free-lecture format, Lawrence Blair will open the 2018 Bale Banjar Free Lecture Series by showing segments from 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”
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 – 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-based 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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