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Bali Arts Festival

The Bali Arts Festival celebrates Balinese culture with daily performances of traditional music, dance, theatre, and more. One of the biggest festivals in Indonesia, the performances are held in the 6,000-seat temple-like amphitheatre in Depensar and events continue for a whole month. Activities at the festival are diverse, interesting and sometimes surprising; things to do include demonstrations of cooking and flower arranging, art exhibitions, film screenings, fashion shows and colourful parades. Craft stalls spring up all over and many locals perform on the streets. Auditions are held in many villages to select the best dance troupes to perform at the festival and there are guest performers from other islands and from overseas - although the emphasis is naturally on showcasing local talent and culture. There is a party atmosphere in Bali at this time - well, even more of a party atmosphere than usual - and it is a pleasant time to visit, particularly if you're interested in the local art, music and theatre. Attending festival events is also a good way to support local artists and contribute to the survival of these precious Balinese traditions.

Date: June and July 2014 TBA

Website: www.baliartsfestival.com