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Bali Arts Festival 2024

The biggest cultural event of the year on Bali

Dates: June 15–July 13, 2024

Bali Arts Festival
Bali Arts Festival

The annual Bali Arts Festival showcases Balinese art and the culture of Indonesia. Lasting for the whole month, it provides visitors with an insight into local customs, traditions, and beliefs. A large parade, competitions, culinary demonstrations, a literature contest, crafts fair, painting exhibition, ramatari, gong kebyar, and traditional dance performances—these are just a few events that are held in the framework of the festival that takes place at Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Panjer, Denpasar.

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Throughout the month-long period, you'll have the opportunity to experience thrilling live performances showcasing arts, costumes, and handicraft exhibitions showcasing Balinese artistry. Food stalls serving delectable Balinese cuisine add to the cultural experience. The festival usually starts with an opening parade in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar. Performances at the Ardha Chandra stage of the Bali Arts Centre follow it.

During the following days, the festival continues on many stages at different venues. Musicians and artists from all over Bali and the whole of Indonesia take part. The festival culminates in a ceremonial event featuring a traditional ballet dance known as 'sendratari', typically held at the Ardha Candra stage, providing a fitting conclusion to the festivities.

Many towns across Bali are adorned with traditional bamboo and coconut decorations, adding to the festive ambiance of the celebrations. Numerous outdoor stages and pavilions are set up, allowing visitors to witness a diverse range of talent from across the island. These stages host captivating performances, including traditional dances, puppetry shows, and musical presentations.

History of the Festival

The Bali Arts Festival has been held since the 1980s. It is one of the most important events on the island, with hundreds of performers and thousands of spectators. The Bali Arts Festival aims to inspire individuals to delve into, uncover, and showcase the artistic contributions made by the Balinese community.

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