Bali Art Festival
Bali Arts Festival is considered the most remarkable art festival in Indonesia. Locally known as Pesta Kesenian Bali, it runs for a whole month between June and July and involves thousands of artists from all over Bali.
First held in 1979, it has become Indonesia’s longest-running arts festival and provides an opportunity for visitors to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts. Visitors can expect to see traditional art performances and dance routines, traditional costume contests, art exhibitions, handicrafts, authentic Balinese cuisine, and as well as seminars taking place.
The Bali Arts Festival is held at the Denpasar Arts Centre (Taman Werdhi Budaya) and begins with an opening parade in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar. Hundreds of participating artists from Denpasar, Bali’s eight provinces, neighbouring islands, and even art troupes from abroad, participate and showcase their best works and talents. Traditional Balinese performances take place from 9am – 10pm local time, during which comfortable clothes are recommended as most performances takes place in outdoor stages. No admission fee will be charged to visit this festival.
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Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
From humble beginnings in 2004, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events. Scheduled for 28 – 1 November in 2020, this renowned festival brings together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers to take part in meaningful exchanges and cross-cultural dialogue.
Noted as one of the five best festivals in the world and a place where artists and audiences alike can discuss shared inspirations, ideas and concerns, the festival transcends cultural and geographical borders to create a truly global community. This writers and readers festival also hosts many more supporting events such as book launches, kids’ festivals, environmental counseling sessions, and even culinary workshops.
To visit this festival, guests can purchase the entrance ticket either online via bank transfer or buy on the day in person. The festival opens daily from 8am until 7pm and is conveniently held in the Jl. Sanggingan area, which offers many restaurants and cafés. A shuttle bus is also available for guests (Museum Puri Lukisan – Taman Baca – Indus Restaurant – Neka Art Museum), which runs from 8am until 6pm departing every 30 minutes.
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