Global Indigenous Cultural Dinner & Fundraiser

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The iconic Hotel Tugu Bali as part of its mission to bring back to life the art, soul and romance of Indonesia, in collaboration with the Bali International Indigenous Film Festival, proudly presents a very special Global Indigenous Cultural Dinner & Fundraiser on May 7th. 

10 Award-winning filmmakers join Lawrence Blairfilmmaker, author and anthropologist. Lawrence will spin a few tales about exploring some of the wild regions of Indonesia, and his experiences travelling into the lands of indigenous people. Lawrence is a great storyteller and a legendary figure of Indonesia and award-winning documentary filmmaker of the Emmy-nominated BBC/PBS series, “Ring of Fire.”  

Added to this wonderful and rare opportunity to meet Lawrence Blair, several other award-winning and notable filmmakers will also be heading each of the ten tables set for this magnificent evening. These directors have flown in from around the world for the second Bali International Indigenous Film Festival in Ubud from May 10th – 12th.

Joining us for this evening are;  Charles Hill Smith, an award-winning Australian filmmaker of several films on the Indigenous cultures of Australia and Papua, Hugo Metz (USA), a film producer who collaborates with European major TV broadcasters through his film production company, If Not Us Then Who producing Indigenous films all over the world, award-winning filmmaker Marko Randelovic (UK), a very talented documentary filmmaker who has produced many films on indigenous cultures including the award-winning Garuda (Bali) and Craig Commanda and Jani Bellefleur, two indigenous filmmakers from Canada who have come a long way to represent their people.

Our guest of honour is Miliwanga Wurrben, an Aboriginal leader from Arnhem land in Northern Australia from the Mirratja Clan of the Rembarrnga Tribe, who is also a healer and educator.

With a filmmaker at each table, this will be an intimate opportunity to share conversation and dinner with 10 of the most talented and committed Indigenous film industry leaders, who have devoted their lives to bringing the stories from the communities onto the screen by helping to raise the voice of indigenous people, address environmental issues and create beautiful films supporting cultural preservation in Indonesia and around the world. 

The evening will begin at 7 pm with an Indigenous dance performance followed by a few words from Lawrence Blair and Emmanuela Shinta and David Metcalf, the co-founders of the Bali International Indigenous Film Festival.

A sumptuous 4-course meal will be served at Hotel Tugu Bali’s majestic Bale Agung, designed to revive and preserve the almost forgotten stories from the past, surrounding the disappearing cultures of Indonesia. Win an opportunity to bid for a cabin on the magnificent Seven Seas Luxury Schooner to explore Flores, worth $ 13,000 and a Wow Borneo cruise on the beautiful Rungan River in Central Borneo to see the orangutans and visit the Dayak communities, plus a luxury stay at the multiple award-winning Hotel Tugu Lombok and more.

Most importantly this is a fundraising night and the money raised from the dinner and auction will go directly to support indigenous filmmakers in Indonesia via the Ranu Welum Film Making fund -

The lucky door prize – 2 x VIP tickets to attend the Grand Opening night of the Bali International Indigenous Film Festival at Njana Tilem Museum, Mas, Ubud on May 10th.

Tickets to this incredible evening are limited and on sale for Rp 1.1 million++  and can be purchased online or exclusively at Bali Tugu Hotel Canggu.  Limited seats. Book now.

Hotel Tugu Bali

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Pantai Canggu, Canggu, Kuta Utara


Bali 80361

Phone: (0361) 4731701



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About the Venue

On the Southwest coast of Bali, on a long silky stretch of sand facing the Indian Ocean, Hotel Tugu Bali, standing against the warm glow of the setting sun, is a poet’s dream come true. Hotel Tugu Bali, on the famous surf and sunset Canggu Beach, is a work of love that has been designed to be a living testament of exotic, cultural Bali as much as a romantic resort. Priceless antiques and art from all over Bali and Java are lovingly places within the soaring main pavilion, in the intimate dining rooms and in the 21 suites and surrounding the property’s blooming lotus ponds and bridges. Tugu Bali commemorates the forgotten history and heritage of Java and Bali – bringing back to life the island, as it was intended to be – while at the same time offering all the exceptional hospitality, personalized services, luxury and romance for which Bali has become renowned.


About The Bali International Indigenous Film Festival

The Bali International Indigenous Film Festival protects indigenous culture through film. This year marks the 2nd Annual Bali International Indigenous Film Festival based in beautiful Ubud, Bali with a Grand Opening Night at the stunning Njana Tilem Museum May 10, followed by 2 days of film screening (40 films) at Paradiso Theatre.  Last year’s event was a tremendous success, selling out on opening night. This year we are bringing together filmmakers from 14 different countries and celebrating over 40 films in the 3-day stretch. Each ticket sale directly supports, protects and ultimately empowers the indigenous tribes and communities around the world.