Fridge magnet fodder for the peripatetic – Sept-Nov 2019.
Balinale International Film Festival
Now in its 13th year, Balinale is the longest running and most celebrated annual film festival on the island. From September 24 to September 30, you can catch another round of fab films by established and up-and-coming indie filmmakers from Indonesia and abroad. In addition to nightly film screenings and an outdoor cinema under the stars there will be inspiring events like the Young Indonesian Film Circle, educational workshops, daily seminars with visiting filmmakers, celebrity meet and greets, international gatherings, and film premieres. Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds benefit the educational events and free children’s programmes.
Pesona Nusa Dua Fiesta
You may know Nusa Dua as a tourist enclave, but come October the area will transform into a vibrant hub of arts and culture with the return of Pesona Nusa Dua Fiesta. This annual festival showcases the diversity of Indonesian culture with three days of contemporary and traditional dance performances, live concerts, food and beverage extravaganzas, and an array of parades featuring fashion, art, and Bali’s famous ogoh-ogoh figures. Bring the whole family because there will be activities to suit all ages from cooking classes to body painting, killer jam sessions and fun games. The festival will run from October 25 to October 27 on Peninsula Island.
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
Get ready to expand your horizons and be inspired at the 16th annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival taking place from October 23 to October 27. The Telegraph UK named it one of the five best literary festivals for 2019 and for good reason. Every year the event brings in thousands of thinkers, dreamers, artists and activists from around the world who gather at panel discussions, master classes, literary lunches and cultural workshops. The theme this year is Karma, so the conversations will centre around whether we truly understand the consequences of our actions and, perhaps more importantly, how best to respond to the actions of others.
Herbalife Bali International Triathlon
Sanur is going to be hopping on November 10 when over 2,000 athletes from 29 countries will converge on the seaside village to take part in the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon. This is the twelfth year for the ‘Triathlon for the Soul’, and as always, it offers up a thrilling course steeped in Balinese culture. The triathlon begins with a sunrise swim off Mertasari Beach, followed by a sprint down the Ngurah Rai By Pass and back to the beach, and finally a cycling race through the streets of Sanur. The roads will be fully closed to vehicles, so spectators are welcome to cheer on the participants from the sidelines.
IF YOU’RE IN MOROCCO…
September 13 to September 15 — Oasis Festival (Marrakech): Party like a rock star and rejuvenate the body and soul at Oasis Festival, a unique three-day festival held at the gorgeous Fellah Resort in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Grab a cocktail and groove to house rhythms next to the pool, slip out for a massage at the serene spa, or chill out on cushions in the hookah lounge. You can also take part in daily yoga sessions, sip drinks in the champagne and cocktail bar, and indulge in creative cuisine at pop-ups by some of Marrakesh’s best restaurants. The lineup this year includes EDM talents like DJ Bone, Horse Meat Disco, and Eats Everything.
October 19 to October 26 — Fes Festival of Sufi Culture (Fez): You couldn’t find a better setting for one of the world’s biggest Sufi events than the medieval medina in Morocco’s spiritual and cultural capital of Fez. Now in its twelfth year, the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture was created to showcase the artistic, intellectual and spiritual wealth of Sufi culture and promote intercultural dialogue. For those who don’t know, Sufism is an esoteric branch of Islam that focuses on mysticism. The festival is open to people of all faiths and includes round table discussions, traditional dances by whirling dervishes, poetry readings and concerts.
IF YOU’RE IN SCOTLAND…
November 9 — Glasgow’s Whisky Festival: Celebrate Scotland’s most famous tipple in the country’s biggest city at Glasgow’s Whisky Festival. The focus is on local distilleries and independent bottlers close to Glasgow, but you’ll also find whiskies from all over Scotland, as well as rums, gins and other spirits. Whisky lovers can visit over 70 stalls offering elixirs from exhibitors like 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Whisky, Bruichladdich, Glen Moray and Kilkerran. Members of Glasgow’s Whisky Club will be on hand all day to answer questions and help you find your new favourite scotch.
November 15 to November 24 — Oban Winter Festival: Most people lament the onset of winter, but the cheerful folks from Oban figure it’s a great excuse to throw a party. Every November, this seaside town puts on a ten-day winter festival that includes a reindeer parade, Victorian market, an ice skating rink, comedy nights, cocktail sessions, workshops for kids, and more than a few ceilidhs with music, dancing and storytelling. Every night there are different events going on that will give visitors a glimpse into the unique culture and character of West Scotland.
IF YOU’RE IN BRAZIL…
September 27 to September 29 & October 3 to October 6 — Rock in Rio: If you’re in Rio de Janeiro this autumn, you’d be crazy to miss out on one of the world’s biggest music festivals. The lineup for Rock in Rio reads like a dream team of artists from all genres including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Imagine Dragons, Drake, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters and Ellie Goulding to name just a few. The festival will take place over seven days at Barra Olympic Park with seven different stages, multiple chill-out areas, a gourmet square, giant Ferris wheel, zip line, and the Mega Drop for adrenaline junkies.
November 15 to November 18 — Brazilian Grand Prix (São Paulo): For four days in November, the atmosphere in the Interlagos neighbourhood of São Paulo will electrified as car racing fanatics gather in droves to see some of the world’s best drivers rip up the Formula 1 Grand Prix track. Join the crowds in the grandstands for the practice rounds from November 15 to November 16, the qualifying round on November 17, or the official race on November 18 when one death-defying driver will walk away victorious. You can also expect lively parties and carnival-like vibes around the city every night throughout the Grand Prix.