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10 local and global responses to the pandemic at KEMBALI 2020: A Rebuild Bali Festival

Posted: 13 October 2020 Author: sikuska

KEMBALI 2020: A Rebuild Bali Festival offers a coming together of local and global voices. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a powerful global response, in shaping initiatives for the future. The Festival seeks to give voice to these initiatives, by providing a space for discussion of the future. Join some of Bali’s leading figures and other prominent voices from all corners of the world, in conversations that span from Bali’s shifting in focus to agriculture to the future of fashion and the survival of F&B businesses. 

Here is a list of 10 sessions at KEMBALI20 that explore the shifts resulted from the global pandemic and the global responses that have ensued. The Festival will be streaming on ubudwritersfestival.com from 29 October to 8 November. 

1. Main Program | Made Janur Yasa: From Rubbish to Rice, 29 October, 16:00-17:00

Somatic coach and martial arts instructor Made Janur Yasa has come up with a practical and effective way to encourage residents to manage their waste. How? By exchanging it for donated rice. This is exactly how waste management breakthroughs occur – at the village level. Hear from him about this exciting initiative which also helps fulfil the needs of Balinese during the pandemic.

2. Main Program | The Future of Dining, 29 October, 18:00 – 19:00

Culinary trends come and go, but when a new concept captivates diners, it has the power to shake up an entire industry. What trends will hit restaurants in 2021? From CBD-infused cuisine to plant-based meats, many promise to improve the modern dining experience, while still delivering what diners expect. Join our speakers to find out what challenges and opportunities the pandemic has created for the dining industry.

3. Main Program | When the World Stopped Traveling, 30 October,  15:00-16;00

As an island that relies heavily on tourism, the COVID-19 crisis has led to Bali’s most challenging period in recent memory. Our panelists have spent decades in Indonesia’s tourism industry and contributed greatly to its development. They’ll reflect on how the global halt in travel has impacted on the island’s future, and how lessons from the past can be used to tackle the current climate.

4. Main Program | Bandana Tewari: the Future of Fashion, 2 November, 15:00-16:00

Inspired by the teachings of Gandhi, fashion activist Bandana Tewari promotes mindful, sustainable fashion and is an advocate for the preservation of traditional textiles. She’ll discuss her life in the fashion industry and pose urgent questions about consumerism, ethical practices, and the future of fashion in the light of COVID-19. Are we able to change or does fashion have to look back to move forward?

5. Main Program | Bali’s Green Movement, 3  November, 13:00-14:00

COVID-19 has forced many Balinese to return to their ancestral lands to farm or fish in order to survive. But well before the pandemic, many young people had found a renewed passion for agriculture, and for developing local solutions for environmental problems. Meet some of these inspiring young Balinese who are building a sustainable future for their island.

6. Main Program | Bali’s New Era, 4 November, 15:00-16:00

Bali’s Governor, I Wayan Koster, has committed to shifting the island’s tourism paradigm and focusing more on agriculture and manufacturing. This is welcome news for many Balinese in these industries, but for Koster’s plan to become a reality, what needs to change? Meet some young Balinese to find out what they want for their island’s post-pandemic future.

7. Main Program | Art as Hope During a Crisis, 6 November, 13:00-14:00

Art provides us with hope and guidance during a crisis. It enables us to explore what it means to be human, and to unite people and ideas. But COVID-19 has meant that artists across the world are restricted from physically sharing their work, and often from earning a living. Hear from these Balinese artists about how the pandemic has impacted and inspired their practice.

8. Main Program | How Can Startups Survive COVID-19?, 6 November, 15:00-16:00

With its vast population and diverse economy, Indonesia’s startup scene was thriving prior to the pandemic. Last year Google predicted that the nation’s internet economy would grow to US$100 billion by 2025. But now that several unicorns and decacorns have had to lay off staff, what do Indonesian startups need to do to survive COVID-19? Join our panel of clear-eyed entrepreneurs to find out.

9. Main Program | A Creative Response, 6 November, 17:00-18:00

It’s natural to feel unmotivated and distracted during a crisis; it’s natural to have great difficulty focusing. But for some creatives, COVID-19 has provided new sources of inspiration and ideas, and perhaps even a renewed passion for their craft. Join some of the island’s most prolific writers and creatives to learn how their work has been impacted by these strange and challenging times.

10. Main Program | How Can F&B Businesses Survive COVID-19?, 8 November, 16:00-17:00

As the world grapples with COVID-19, F&B businesses are strategizing how to survive. They are dealing with closures of services and borders, public health protocol, and consumer health concerns. These are likely to be followed by low consumer confidence, reduced disposable income, continued health concerns, and long-term reductions in travel. What can F&B businesses do to keep the money coming in? Join these seasoned F&B professionals to find out.


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