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ISSUE 176

 

FESTIVAL IN LOMBOK!

This month, Senggigi comes alive with its most important tourism event of the year – the annual Senggigi Festival.

Commencing on 24 September with a grand opening on the beachfront, the event is a brilliant kaleidoscope of music, traditional costumes and cultural performances.

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THE SENGGIGI FESTIVAL 24 - 27 SEPTEMBER

The Senggigi Festival is Lombok’s most colourful and spectacular event of the year.

Commencing with a grand Opening Parade, the event is a brilliant kaleidoscope of colour, music, traditional costumes and cultural performances that showcase the best of Lombok’s culture and arts.

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What's Hot

• Big changes are coming up at Temptations Bakery and Pantry – one of our favourite suppliers in Senggigi. Over the past months, they have been busily expanding their shop to new, bigger premises next door and the new deli section will be open this week.

Expect a much larger product range of all those hard-to-find items such as imported cheeses, butter, cream, yoghurt and other dairy such as fresh milk and ice cream, as well as imported and local meats, tinned goods and other grocery items.

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LOMBOK JOINS UBUD WRITERS FESTIVAL

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is held annually in the cultural heart of Bali. Featuring writers and readers and celebrating all things artistic, the Festival is now an established cultural and literary event that attracts participants from around the world.

This year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will take place from 1- 5 October, with over 150 writers from 25 countries holding events at various locations around Ubud.

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PERESEAN… More than just Stick Fighting!

Peresean, or stick fighting, is a popular traditional sport unique to the Sasak people of Lombok.

In a Peresean duel, two competitors pit their strength and wits against each other, using heavy sticks (penjalin) to strike at each other’s bodies and defending themselves with shields (ende), made from toughened cow hide, to prevent the other from striking a blow.

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CHILLIN’ ON THE BEACH

There’s no better way to end the day than relaxing on the beach, watching the sunset and listening to cool tunes while enjoying an icy cold drink. It’s a winning formula that has seen La Chill Bar steadily grow in popularity since it opened earlier this year.

Located on the beachfront in Batu Bolong, just a few minutes south of Senggigi, La Chill enjoys fabulous views across the ocean all the way to Bali.

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SURFERS TAKE CARE!

It’s been a bad month for Australian surfers at popular surf spots in Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. The changing weather often brings high winds and big waves – a surfer’s delight but also treacherous for those who take on the challenge of the seas.

Australian surfer, Peter Luke, died on 11 August while surfing Scar Reef off Jelenga Beach in West Sumbawa (the island east of Lombok).  Surfers are lured to Sumbawa by the promise of huge perfect waves that break over shallow reefs.

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JONAS AND WOUTER PARTY ON THE HILL!

A birthday barbecue turned into a fun pool party when Jonas and Wouter celebrated their recent birthdays with family and friends from around the world!

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