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WORLD WATER DAY
Access to clean water is something that so many of us take for granted, yet every day there are millions of people around the world facing water scarcity and water pollution. World Water Day is a UN observance that highlights the importance of fresh water and aims to inspire people to learn more about water-related issues. WWD falls on March 22 and the theme this year is ‘Leave No One Behind’, which references the UN sustainable development goal to ensure freshwater for all by 2030. If you would like to support freshwater initiatives here in Bali, the Bali Water Management Program by IDEP is a good place to start.
EARTH DAY 2019
The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 when thousands of Americans took to the streets to peacefully demonstrate for environmental reforms. Their efforts paid off because later that year the US government created the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Now every year on April 22, over one billion people in 193 countries celebrate Earth Day to champion environmental protection. The theme this year is ‘Protect Our Species’ to raise awareness about the accelerating extinction rate of millions of species around the world.
UBUD FOOD FESTIVAL
Eating locally is just one way to live a more conscious life, and there’s no better place to get your fill of vibrant local food than the Ubud Food Festival. The festival will take place from April 26 to April 28 with the theme of ‘Spice Up the World’, which celebrates Indonesia’s extraordinary cuisines and fascinating culinary cultures. You can expect a smorgasbord of stellar foodie events like cooking demonstrations, market tours, hands-on culinary workshops, film screenings, and more. Be sure to check out the food stalls at Taman Kuliner to sample local delicacies and signature dishes by some of Bali’s best eateries.
IF YOU’RE IN SINGAPORE . . .
March 9 – Garden Beats Singapore: Round up your tribe and get ready to dance all day with your feet in the grass because Garden Beats is back with another action-packed day of groovy rhythms, wellness sessions and inspiring talks by eco ambassadors at Fort Canning Park. The lineup includes acts like The Kooks, Black Coffee and Alina Baraz, and you can expect enticing eats from renowned restaurants, interactive eco workshops, incredible art installations and more. Keep in mind that the festival aims to be as earth-friendly as possible, so no single-use plastics or glassware are allowed.
March 14 to March 17 – Urban Design Festival 2019: According to a UN report, approximately 75 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban cities by 2050. This means we have to shift the way we think about urban spaces and how human-friendly our cities really are. The Urban Design Festival aims to raise awareness about innovative urban design solutions and sustainable urban development. The four-day event will take place at the Jalan Besar Sports Centre car park and feature inspiring talks by distinguished speakers, as well as fun festivities like roller disco, live music and design workshops.
IF YOU’RE IN NEPAL . . .
March 20 to March 21 – Holi: Marking the beginning of spring, Holi is Nepal’s most colourful festival by far. The best place to take part in the festivities is the capital city of Kathmandu where thousands of people converge on Durbar Square to eat, drink, dance to traditional music, and throw vast amounts of coloured powder and coloured water on everyone in sight. Be sure to wear old clothes because you’re sure to get doused. Holi officially takes place on March 20, but the celebrations start about a week before and carry on for a few days afterwards.
April 14 – Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra): Bisket Jatra marks the beginning of the new year in Nepal and is a cause for huge celebrations, especially in the city of Bhaktapur about eight miles from Kathmandu. Here the festivities include massive parades and chariot processions through the streets, the erection of a 50-foot lingo pole with ribbons representing serpents, tongue piercing rituals, and a spirited tug of war between the residents of the upper and lower sides of the city. All are welcome to join in the festivities, which also include tons of great food, drinks and music.
IF YOU’RE IN AUSTRALIA . . .
March 8 to March 24 – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival: Foodies will be flocking to Melbourne in March for the 27th edition of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Choose from over 200 events including one-off collaborations by some of the world’s best chefs, country getaways to sample farm-fresh food straight from the fields, progressive dining experiences where you can tour some of the city’s most renowned gastronomic neighbourhoods, and all manner of wine tastings, chef demos, food trucks, pop-up bars, and talks on sustainable farming and dining.
April 18 to April 22 – Byron Bay Blues Fest: If you’ve never rocked out at the Byron Bay Blues Fest, then this is the year to do it because the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with their biggest celebration of blues and roots music yet. The lineup is pretty spectacular with big names like Iggy Pop, Jack Johnson, Tash Sultana, and George Clinton all set to get the crowds grooving. Set on 120 hectares of the Tyagarah Tea Farm, the festival will feature over 200 performances on various stages, camping for up to 6,000 people, five licensed bars, and over 100 food stalls and beer gardens.