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The 8th edition of TEDxUbud returned to Bali on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 from 3 pm to 10 pm, with the theme Movement. TEDxUbud was back at Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets in Ubud, Bali—a unique museum with a mission to preserve some of Indonesia’s most important storytelling heritage. And of course, HelloBali Crew was joining the party!

At TEDxUbud 2019, speakers explored ideas around movement—touching on diverse topics such as choreography and dinosaur movement, forced migration, emotional journeys, the impact of travel, social movements, and the motion of the earth under our feet.

Movement is something we all share and participate in—a universal part of the human story as we cross the borders, lines and boundaries that structure our lives. Some of our movements are deliberate, as when we choose to travel or dance. Other movements are beyond our control, or impossible to detect. Sometimes it’s not a pleasant sensation, as when we are forced into a movement to escape something, or have to push against the status quo to make a change. When we say we are moved, we usually talk about emotion arising in our bodies, changing us in some way.

This edition of TEDxUbud was another inspiring journey of storytelling, innovation, and learning. This event was created to celebrate the people and ideas that inspire us and make us think twice about the world around us. TEDxUbud events have been attended by over 2,000 people over eight years and TEDxUbud videos have been viewed close to three million times.
TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. TEDx events are organized by curious individuals who seek to discover ideas and spark conversations in their own community. TEDx events include live speakers and recorded TED Talks, and are organized independently under a free license granted by TED.

Speakers like Writer and activist Bandana Tewari shares how Mahatma Gandhi inspired her quest for mindfulness in fashion and luxury. Eco Mantra’s Sean Nino shows us what it looks like when hotels step up and commit to taking responsibility for their environmental footprint. The ethereal Peni Candra Rini performed her piece, Maduswara. Peni is an accomplished composer, educator and one of the few female contemporary vocalists performing Sindhen—a female soloist style of singing found in Indonesian gamelan tradition. Great lineup to name a few.

Aside from the amazing list of speakers and performances, the whole set up at Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets was perfection. Healthy food and beverage stands, very useful merchandise that was given (includes healthy snacks, water bottle – yes, everyone was conscious of not using plastic bottle anywhere in the venue, a TEDx bag, cable organizer, and recycled notebook) can be used on your daily basis. And of course, a bunch of crowds that were enthusiastic and friendly.

A full list of speakers and performers is now available at, and get yourself shifted into the ‘Movement’.


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