March 7: Mekar Bhuana’s monthly ‘Royal Court Semar Pegulingan with Gambuh Dance Performance’ 8pm at Oberoi Hotel in Seminyak.
March 11: Pengerupkan Nyepi – giant effigies known as ogoh-ogoh are paraded wildly through the streets of Bali, accompanied by a cacophony of marching gamelan orchestras called baleganjur.
March 22: Mekar Bhuana Gender Wayang Troupe performs at Bali Spirit Festival at Purnati, Batuan. 12.15-1.15pm
March 23: Mekar Bhuana Dance Workshop presented by Putu Evie Suyadnyani at Bali Spirit Festival at the Amphitheater at Purnati, Batuan. 1.30-3pm
March 23: Mekar Bhuana Family Selonding Troupe performs at Bali Spirit Festival for VIP batik exhibition at Arma Museum, Ubud. 6-7pm
March 25-27: Galungan – ceremonies held all over Bali. Sacred barong dance at Banjar Pekandelan, Intaran, Sanur
April 6: Kuningan; large temple ceremonies at Pura Sakenan, Serangan Island and at Pura Taman Pule in Mas Village (wayang wong) Parade of sacred barong in Dharmasaba Village, Badung. Pelegongan in Lukluk village, Badung. Mekar Bhuana’s family selonding group play at their family temple in Sindu, Sanur.
May 24: Mekar Bhuana’s family selonding group perform at their local banjar, Kertalangu in Denpasar at 3-6pm.
July 9: Mekar Bhuana’s Semar Pegulingan troupe performs rare and previously extinct repertoire at the Bali Arts Festival, Ayodya Stage at 2pm.
Many of these events are off the beaten track. Co-founder and gamelan researcher, Vaughan Hatch, can escort you to explain everything you see and to help explain the customs and etiquette that are part of ceremonies in Bali. Contact us for further information and prices.