The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo and and The Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya will be present at the opening of Bali Arts Festival (PKB) 38th, Saturday on June 11, 2016. Bali Arts Festivals will be held start on June 11 until July 9, 2016 at Taman Budaya Art Center, Bali. According to Arief Yahya, the activities that supported by Pesona Indonesia is art party of 9 Regencies of the city in Bali. Several other areas, last year also appear, such as Banyuwangi, East Nusa Tenggara, and others.
Bali is the entrance for foreign tourists to Indonesia. At least 40 percent of foreign tourists entered via Bali, 30 percent via Jakarta, and 20 percent via Riau Island. Because of that, Bali is the entrance that very strategic for all this time. Bali Arts Festival is a huge Arts Festival and become a regular agenda. Bali Arts Festival for the first time introduced in 1979 by Ida Bagus Mantra, Bali’s governor at the time. Agung said that we want the artists in Bali are always innovating and give the best creativities that they have. At the opening of Bali Arts Festival later the plans are showing art parade from nine regencies and city in Bali.
Not only Bali that become the host for this festival, According to Agung, it is also invites the surrounding areas to participate in the opening this great festival. He said, “As in 2015, Bali invites East Nusa Tenggara as the guest of honor to participate this art parade. In this parade, there are will showing the local traditional cloth, traditional of dances and music, gamelan, and the other arts”. This parade is usually done in around Bajra Sandhi Monument Denpasar and the opening of Bali Arts Festival will be opened by The President or The Vice President. Bali Arts Festival is also takes the unique themes are different and that has its own meaning.
According to Agung, the series of events will be held in Ardha Candra Taman Budaya Denpasar or more popular known as the Art Center. This event will enlivened by various types of competitions, like craft households, small industrial exhibition that will attended by many participants. Agung is also said that in the event that will be held during in one month, we can see the modern Balinese theater, culinary festival that presents a lot of local food typical of the region as well as snacks, there are also musical performances, as well as contemporary dance that very impressive.
Several competitions that always held when Arts Festival, as literary writing contest, crafts, painting and other competitions will also be implemented and incorporated to agenda. Bali Arts Festival is also filled with many parades like, Culinary Parade, Fashion Parade, Ngelawang Parade, Dramatari, Gong Kebyar Parade, Joged Bumbung, and others. All the corner of the place of Art Center will be filled with visitors because this event is not only focused to one point, but on all sides. So you can image how fantastic and wonderful this event during this month in Bali.