The Compelling 35th Bali Arts Festival 2013

15 Jun 2013 - 13 Jul 2013

Entering its 35th edition this year, the Bali Arts Festival will again be rolled out on the fabled island of Bali, centered around the Bali's Art Center in Denpasar, capital of Bali Province. The Festival will be ongoing from 15th June to 13th July 2013.

Bali Arts Festival 2013 this year carries the theme of "Taksu", meaning Inspiration or Charisma, with main focus on traditional art forms.

The month-long festival will commence with a parade of performers from all districts in Bali and other Indonesian provinces, as well as by foreign participants, and is normally attended by the President of the Republic of Indonesia himself. After the elaborate parade on June 15, a formal Grand Opening ceremony will be held that same evening at the Artha Candra Open Stage.

The festival will feature over 340 national and international cultural groups. Participating will be groups from the U.S.A., India, Korea and several European nations. There will be daily performances of dance and music as well as countless related cultural and commercial activities, during which literally the whole of Bali will be drawn to Denpasar to present their offerings of dance, music and beauty.

Ancient forms of classical Balinese dances will be resurrected during this year's festival. Also featured are culinary exhibitions, competitions, fashion shows, flower shows and displays of traditional handicrafts.

Each year, the Bali Arts Festival features the enthralling classical dances of the island, such as the legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris, the mask dance and the like, on which contemporary choreographies have been created, while old village dances and activities are also revived. Over the years, the whole range of classical Balinese epics and folk stories - such as the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sutasoma, Panji - have thus been turned into "colossal Dance dramas" known as Sendratari.

Through its 35 years history, the Bali Arts Festival has become an important and essential media to rediscover and preserve the unique and celebrated arts and culture of Bali, and at the same time increase its people's welfare. Through this special annual event, it is hoped that the genuine wisdom and philosophy of the people of Bali will not only be preserved but will also grow and be spread to other parts of the world.

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