During one entire month, the best of the idyllic tropics island’s dance, music, and artistic expressions will be displayed to the general when Bali presents her best cultural presentations, presented and revived by villagers across the island. There’ll be daily performances of traditional and modern dance and music alongside countless related cultural and industrial activities through which literally all of Bali will seep into the town to present offerings of dance, music, excitement, colour and stunning beauty. The month long festival will begin with a parade featuring arts from all parts of Bali along with other Indonesian provinces.
This year, the festival bears the theme TejaDharmaningKoripan meaning: fire, the spirit of Creation. From its physical standpoint, the theme demonstrates that human existence can’t be separated from fire, because it’s necessary for many activities like cooking or within its wider appearance as a source of energy. From the spiritual standpoint, the theme suggests that people should be capable to handle and control the fire or energy inside. When it’s badly controlled, then this fire may turn into anger and recklessness. And on the other hand, when one is able to control the fire inside, then she or he will be capable to activate the chakra that may provide more spiritual power.
For that reason, the symbol of fire has always been an inseparable part of many ritual ceremonies held by Balinese Hindus followers. The annual Bali arts festival traditionally kicks off with a grand opening parade which passes by the BajraSandhiMonument. The next times, a number of phases as well as different places will revert with a wide range of diverse vibrant performances presented by the many arts classes from Bali along with other Indonesian islands. Among the highlights not to be missed are the dances dramas, Bali’s Modern theater, Photography Workshops, Culinary festivals, along with musical performances. There’ll additionally be a broad selection of competitions to participate in offering documentary movies competitions, handicrafts, literary writing, painting, photography competitions, – the whole gamut.
Parades and dramatic and luxurious processions will likewise be shown including the Gong Kebyar, the TopengPanca, Nglawang, DramatariArja, WayangKulitParwa, JogedBumbung, and much more. As a special treat this year, also on the agenda re the Modern Bondres Competition, the Baleganjur competition for kids, Drama Gong Parade featuring Balinese modern legends, WayangKulitBabad, along with other new creative artistic performances. Throughout its forty year of history, the Bali Arts Festival was a press to rediscover and preserve the special and renowned art and culture of Bali, while at the same time increase its people’s welfare. By means of this special annual event, it’s estimated that the true genuine, built-in wisdom and philosophy of Bali won’t only be preserved, but may continue to blossom and spread to others portions of the world.