June 13, 2009
The 31st Bali Art Festival was officially opened this afternoon, Saturday June 13th 2009. Started with the street parade at 3 PM where the participant artists walk along two and a half kilometres from the Puputan Badung field at Surapati street to the Bali Art Center located on Jalan Nusa Indah while performing their unique arts and gamelan orchestra cheer up the atmosphere.
The theme for this year Bali Art Festifal is " Mulat Sarira : Kembali ke Jatidiri Menuju Kemuliaan Bangsa dan Negara " which literally means " Return to the Spirit for the Dignity of the Nation and State ", taken from the ancient text of Nilacandra.
Bali Art Festival this year is not only participated by various representative artists from all 9 regencies in Bali but also participated by 9 provinces in Indonesia including DKI. Jakarta, East Java, West Sumatra, Lampung, Bangka Belitung, Yogyakarta, West Lombok, Manggarai, West Borneo and also participated by 6 foreign countries such as America, Mexico, Taiwan, India, Japan, and Thailand.
The main ceremony will officially be opened by the President of the Republic Indonesia at 7 PM this evening. Commenced with the performance of the Bima Swarga dance at the open stage of the Ardha Candra at the Bali Art Center Denpasar.
There are at least 1400 artists will perform 180 art performances, handicraft exhibitions and other related cultural and commercial activities during The 31st Bali Art Festival this year which last from June 13th 2009 to the July 11th 2009.
Visitors who are lucky enough to witness this year Bali Art Festival are also stand a chance of seeing an unforgetable presentation of traditional musics and dances.
Photos and report by : Satoshi Hashigawa