Oh So Slow, Bali’s New Creative Festival

Bali’s cultural revolution continues.

Well, revolution of Western culture. You may remember, some months back, that we urged you to stay at the chic new Canggu homestay The Slow? Unlike much of the unchecked development currently engulfing the Indonesian archipelago’s tourist honeypot, founders George and Cisco Gorrow are doing things in a tasteful, respectful manner. And as if the stunning decor of their lodge wasn’t a compelling enough reason to visit, The Slow’s now putting on an art, film and music festival, OH SO SLOW. It starts on the 3rd of May. Let’s examine the roster:

Works by Californian artist Robbie Simon


Multi-disciplinary Californian artist Robbie Simon is kicking off proceedings on day one. Known for his iconic record covers and minimalist style, his work plays on geometry and muted colours, with a nod to simple sunny days and ’60s euphoria. The show will be complimented with a live DJ set by Slow music curators Reverb Radio, and there’s even an after-party at Gimme Shelter, an iconic venue whose history we chronicled recently.


Day two’s when The Slow’s rooftop turns open-air cinema. A carefully curated list of short films from international directors exploring themes of philosophy, death, family, and childhood will be showing. And here’s the special part—the list of films are being assessed by accomplished auteurs such as Thomas Campbell, Layne Stratton, Sam Kristofski and Tin Ojeda. Watch this space for more announcements on the film front.


The third day’s when we party. Oh So Slow’s reclaiming the beach party, long stigmatised by buckets, neon, and poorly shaved English backpackers. This ain’t that kind of beach party. Tropicola at Batu Belig’s the venue (not far, for those of you who aren’t fluent in carving up of the piece of sand that stretches from Kuta to Canggu), and Allah-Las are the headliners. To bring it all home, Middle Eastern-inspired, Brooklyn psych-rockers Habibi will be closing the festival at the final Gimme Shelter after party. Sounds like a fine way to vacay this year to me.

The festival lineup’s evolving at a rapid rate, head here for details of to grab a slice of what’s sure to be a hell of a time.

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