Travel Virtually to Bali with Potato Head’s Online Creative Program

Take your pick of original content from morning music sessions to virtual art exhibitions and authentic Indonesian recipes.

An aerial view of Desa Potato Head in Seminyak, Bali. Photo: Kevin Mak

One of Bali’s hottest lifestyle destinations may be temporarily closed for now, but that’s not to say that we can’t chill out with the feel-good vibes the Potato Head brand has become known for. True to form, it has just launched the #GoodTimesAtHome campaign to inspire creativity and give us some much-needed optimism while we all adjust to life in lockdown.

Firstly, you can bring the sound of Seminyak into your home by listening to Sunset Sessions, a series of Spotify playlists curated by friends of Potato Head—such as the locally-based American DJ Eric Duncan—that are being released here on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. Bali time (conveniently, Bali is in the same time zone as Singapore and Hong Kong).

The wellness-minded will want to tune into the inaugural installment of “VIA Morning Ritual” on April 19 at 9 a.m. Bali time, which will be released via Facebook and Instagram Live. For this special weekly event, Potato Head has teamed up with alternative travel site Trippin World and VIA Planet Earth to create Sunday morning sessions involving experimental musicians from around the globe; each will deliver improvised instrumentals of up to 20 minutes on the subject of healing and meditation. One of the first performances will feature U.S.–based singer and cellist Kelsey Lu, with other installments led by Suzanne Ciani, who made history as the first female artist to play electronic music on TV; and Eleanour Nalyirrima Dixon of the award-winning band Kardajala Kirridarra, from Australia’s Northern Territory.

5000 Lost Soles, Liina Klauss’ art installation of discarded flip-flops. Photo: Courtesy of Potato Head

Potato Head is also showcasing its Wild Life Archive, which charts the origins and development of dance music culture through an impressive collection of over 4,000 vintage items dating back to the early 1970s. While the physical exhibition is launching at Seminyak’s Desa Potato Head (the brand’s large-scale creative playground) in early 2021, you’ll get to enjoy a digital preview from April 20, when exhibits from the collection will be featured on Instagram, Facebook, and the Desa Potato Head website on a weekly basis, alongside newly released content from big names such as DJ Harvey and Horse Meat Disco.

On the subject of gastronomy, budding home cooks can look forward to a steady stream of recipes from the Desa’s head chefs. The lineup so far includes a peanut sauce–coated lotek salad from Tanaman, the recently launched vegan Indonesian restaurant at Potato Head Studios (tanaman is Indonesian for “plants”); a traditional nasi goreng, or Indonesian fried rice; a comforting spinach-and-fingerroot broth called sayur bening; and DIY granola.

Finally, Potato Head will be sharing its sustainability hacks in the coming days. Expect tips on creating eco-friendly alternatives to store-bought products; you’ll learn to recycle used cooking oil into candles and make natural hand sanitizers and citrus-based cleaners.

Follow Potato Head Bali on Instagram and Facebook or check out its website here.

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