KUTA, Bali (BPN) – The first volume of an all-new publication, TIMELESS Bali has arrived on the island on March 10, 2021. A soft launch of the TIMELESS Bali was held at the Ubud Palace, together with the Vice Governor of Bali, Cok Ace.
As its name suggests, every story and feature in this printed ‘book-meets-magazine’ is focused on what is considered as ‘real Bali’. The elements of Bali, which are considered ‘timeless’.
This limited special edition has been conceptualized to return ‘print’ to its golden age. Every page is home to a story that must be read, photographs that inspire, and thus a magazine to be kept and cherished for years to come.
The content matches this mission, with articles that will last forever: stories on Bali’s past, present, and future; stories on the seen and unseen; stories on places and people.
Another mission of TIMELESS Bali is really to educate and enlighten readers on the core elements of Bali, to foster a deeper understanding of the things one sees around the island.
“Why have we made this publication? Honestly, it’s a labor of love,” said Publisher Alistair Speirs, OBE. “We want to portray the eternal aspects of Bali in a way that the world will appreciate, and as people understand these aspects and grow to love them they will start to respect them and hopefully strive to protect and preserve them, and as they preserve them they may want to teach others about them and encourage them to do the same.”
Alistair Speirs believes that the pandemic has helped Bali to pause and reflect, recognizing that its path to ‘mass tourism’ was not sustainable, nor an accurate reflection of what the island has to offer visitors. It is hoped that the publication will assist Bali’s future by re-focusing people’s attention back to culture, nature, history, society, and even creativity.
Taking on a completely new format, TIMELESS Bali is comprised of purely non-commercial editorial.
With every copy of TIMELESS Bali sold, 30 percent of proceeds will be donated to Bali Crisis Kitchen, a Bali- based pandemic-relief community organization that is helping those heavily affected by the pandemic.
From providing food provisions, urgent shelter, or medical assistance, to creating empowerment programs for the jobless, Crisis Kitchen Bali is focusing their efforts on the newly vulnerable residents of Bali.