The 40th Bali Arts Festival 2018 lifts a theme “ Teja Dharmaning Kauripan “ – Fire as the Spirit of Creation. The theme is expected to build and rekindle the people spirit and to create conducive, creative, innovative and wise atmosphere in dealing with various events. The essence of heat energy as sources is important in human life which should be empowered to realize the welfare of life. The meaning of this spirit, in addition to the creation of innovative work that still stands on the sources of classical and traditional arts, is also the spirit in preserving the creation of the artists in earlier times which is until now still as the wealth of Balinese art and culture. From a spiritual point of view, humans must be able to control the fire within by building spiritual strength while keeping negative energy such as anger in check. This fire symbol has always played an important part in ritual ceremonies by Balinese Hindus.
For one full month, the best of Bali’s dances, music, and artistic expressions will be on display as Bali showcases its best cultural presentations. There will be daily performances of dance and music alongside countless related cultural and commercial activities during which literally the whole of Bali will converge on the city to present offerings of dance, music and beauty. The month-long festival will commence with a parade of performers from all districts in Bali and other Indonesian provinces. There will also be foreign participants.
Bali Art Festival as a vehicle of excavation, preservation and development of arts and culture has given contribution and high motivation to the society in appreciating and improving the quality of Balinese arts and culture. The role and commitment of the provincial and district or city administration in every effort advancing the local culture arts to raise the regional competitiveness and civilization in the area of the Republic Indonesia through Bali Art Festival, is expected to maintain the civilization of Bali which has supreme quality and gives positive impact for the younger generation as the successor of the nation.
The event itself will be highlighted with fascinating features among which are dance dramas (Sendratari), Bali Modern theatre, Photography Workshops, culinary festivals, and musical performances. There will also be exciting competitions such as documentary movie competitions, handicraft competitions, literary writing, painting, photography competitions, and more. Parades and processions will also be presented including the Gong Kebyar Parade, Topeng Panca Parade, Nglawang Parade,Dramatari Arja Parade, Joged Bumbung Parade, Semara pagulingan Parade, Drama Gong Parade, and many others.
Each year, Bali Arts Festival features classical dances of the island, such as the legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris, mask dances and the like, on which contemporary dance choreographies have been created and old village dances and activities revived. Since most of the art and cultural activities in Bali are motivated by religious devotion, artists will attempt to create their best works. Through its 40 years history, the Bali Arts Festival has been a media to rediscover and preserve the unique and celebrated arts and culture of Bali, at the same time increase its people’s welfare. Through this special annual event, it is hoped that the true authentic wisdom and philosophy of the people of Bali will not only be preserved but will also grow and spread to other parts of the world.
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