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4 Cultural Festivities to Welcome the G20 Summit 2022 in Bali

Indonesia is proud to announce that Bali will be the host of this year’s G20 Summit, which will be held on 15-16 November 2022. Various pre-events are held in order to welcome the excitement, including some cultural festivities that the visitors will surely meet along their journey to the big event. Curious to know more about those cultural festivities? Let’s check them out in this article.

 

1. Art Installations in Ngurah Rai International Airport

a gate for a Balinese house

Whether you’re coming to Bali for G20 Summit 2022 or not, you will definitely be welcomed by a myriad of jaw-dropping art installations inside the Ngurah Rai International Airport, specifically in the International Arrival Immigration Hall, International Departure Immigration Gate, and International Departure Hall.

Collaborating with Balinese artists, PT Angkasa Pura I as the managing company of Ngurah Rai International Airport has a vision to make the airport more than just a traffic gateway, but also a venue of art exhibition with various installations that summarize the artistic and cultural traditions of the Balinese people. Some of the installations that you will meet include Mataya Gate, Paradise Scape, The Tree of Life, and many others.

 

2. Unique Official G20 Merchandise

crafts in Bali

The Indonesian government encourages the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Bali by participating in the G20 Summit 2022 as the official merchandise providers. Approximately 1,204 MSMEs were listed for this opportunity, which were then curated and selected into 22 MSMEs with the categories ranging from crafts, fashion, food, cosmetics, to health.

In curating and selecting those participating MSMEs, there were involvements from local independent curators such as Patrive Desiles from ESMOD Jakarta, Uci Soemarno as a graphic design professional, Yukako Akashi from the Indonesian Crafts Council, and Solihun Sofian from PPA Kosmetika Indonesia.

 

3. Penjor along the Streets in Bali

penjor in Bali

Penjor has been used for a long time to commemorate the festivities in Bali, especially to welcome Galungan Day. It’s a symbol of Bhuwana Agung's motherland and a mountain that provides prosperity and safety. It’s made of bamboo, coconut, bananas, sugar cane, snacks, and cloth, which are representatives of all plants and primary needs. Penjor has a philosophy which stems from Balinese gratitude towards the blessing from Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (God The Almighty).

There will be approximately 2,500 penjor–ten meters high curved bamboo sticks decorated with various leaves–that will be set up to decorate the streets in Bali to welcome the delegates of G20. The penjor will be divided into two types: the regular type which will be installed on the highway and the primary type which will be installed at meeting locations such as the G20 main venue, The Apurva Kempinski Hotel, and the Mangrove Area.

 

4. Jegog Jembrana Performance in the Opening

jembrana

Fancy listening to eclectic arts? Jegog, which is a traditional bamboo-based percussion music from Jembrana Regency in Bali, will be performed in the G20 Presidency through the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) event on 5-7 October 2022.

This time, because it will be performed in front of the international audience, the performance will adjust to the international taste while still incorporating the tradition and local wisdom.

 

If you happen to visit Bali during the hype of G20 Summit 2022, prepare to be welcomed by all these cultural festivities along the journey. As always, if you’re planning to visit Indonesia, we want to kindly remind you to comply with all the health protocols, be a responsible traveler, and keep practicing healthy habits such as wearing a mask in public places, washing hands frequently, and implementing social distancing. Learn about the latest international travel regulations and follow our social media channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok for updated information regarding tourism and creative economy in Indonesia.