Bali Arts Festival will start on June 15
Indonesia’s longest-running art festival Bali Arts Festival will kick off on June 15, featuring the richness of Balinese art and culture until July 13.
Tens of thousands of Balinese artists are slated to take part in the 41st festival, which will celebrate wind as a source of life through the theme “Bayu Pramana: Memuliakan Sumber Daya Angin” (Glorifying Wind Resources).
A street parade will mark the opening of the festival on June 15, featuring more than 1,500 performers on Jl. Raya Puputan Renon Denpasar, encircling the Bajrasandhi monument. Other than showcasing art and cultural performances from across Bali, the parade will involve art troupes from other parts of the archipelago and abroad, such as Papua, Sumenep in East Java, India and China.
The festival will be officially opened by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on the evening of June 15 after the street parade.
The opening ceremony will be held at the Werddhi Budaya Art Center, a spacious cultural compound in East Denpasar that will host the festival.
Besides art performances, visitors can expect to marvel at art and handicraft exhibitions, workshops, seminars, competitions and culinary events of authentic Balinese cuisine.