Tourists visiting Bali in June and July are lucky. During these months, the provincial government of Bali hosts a one-month cultural exhibition. Pesta Kesenian Bali, or Bali Arts Festival, is a great event that celebrates Balinese culture.
The Bali Arts Festival has been part of the identity of Bali since its opening in 1979. the purpose is to preserve and promote the cultural values of Bali. There will be parades, musical shows, dance shows and many more secondary activities.
It is the perfect time to admire the riches of the scenic arts in Bali. You will also get a view of several cultural sites of other Indonesian islands. This is one of the highlights of the Bali events calendar. The annual celebration presents various works of art and cultural achievements inviting the public to the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Center in Denpasar. Most of the daily shows and artistic performances are concentrated here. On normal days visiting to the Denpasar Art Center is a short excursion to admire beautiful Balinese sculptures and architectural elements. It is also a popular place for photo shoots with an exotic background. During the Bali Art Festival in June and July, the place is decorated with colorful and traditional decorations and banners with bamboo and coconut leaves. The crowds gather in front of open scenes, auditoriums and outdoor pavilions. You can see a variety of traditional and contemporary dances, puppets of shadows, musical compositions and youth competitions that complete the program of the festival. Hundreds of artists from Denpasar, eight regency of Bali and the neighboring islands, and even companies of foreign artists participate to show their talents.
For artists it is a place where they can present their latest works. it has become a center for choreographers to show new dances or perhaps to relive forgotten dances. A one-month festival has become an important way to keep interest in culture alive. You will not find many tourists in the street, the festival attracts many locals who continue to show their support for their cultural heritage.
The Bali Arts Festival usually begins with a parade in front of the Bajra Sandhi Memorial in Denpasar. Visit the Ardha Chandra stage of the Bali Arts Center for a series of theater performances by the Indonesian Denpasar Institute of the Arts (ISI). In the following days, the different scenes and colorful selection of shows by various groups of artists from bali
Enjoy traditional music and gamelan concerts on the stages of Ayodya and Angsoka. Evening performance of Balinese documentaries in the Ksirarnawa Auditorium. For the Balinese children there are improvisation sessions at the Gong Kebyar Gamelan Amphitheater of Ardha Candra. You also could enjoy musical and vocal, dance collaborations. Browse the handicrafts, paintings and sculptures of the exhibition. Traditional culinary bazaars offer traditional Balinese dishes. The Bali Arts Festival usually ends with a lively ceremony. This includes a traditional night ballet called “sendratari”. The show takes place on the open stage Ardha Candra from 20.00 hours.
Opening hours of the Bali Art Festival: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Place: Denpasar Art Center (Taman Werdhi Budaya), Jalan Nusa Indah, Denpasar
The Bali Arts Festival is the cultural highlight of the year, during which all aspects of art are shown for a whole month. Everything is expected here, from traditional dances, costume parades, art exhibitions and exhibitions to musical performances. It is the best place for visitors and locals to experience aspects of local culture, as they all come together in this unique destination. The festival has a different theme every year and hopes to discover different creative ideas or cultural components, adding some variety to this great annual show.