The Bali Arts Festival will enter its 43rd year of implementation this year. The plan is that the biggest art festival in Bali will involve up to 10.000 artists.
The 43rd Bali Arts Festival took the theme “Purna Soul: Prananing Wana Kerthi (Soul of the Breath of the Tree of Life)” which means glorifying trees/forests as a symphony of universal harmony towards a prosperous life with a perfect soul.
Held from 12 June to 10 July 2021, the Bali Arts Festival will involve around 10 thousand artists from various communities and studios leading regencies/cities throughout Bali and foreign delegates.
“73 events will be presented during the Bali Arts Festival involving 10.000 artists,” said Head of the Bali Provincial Culture Service I Gede Arya Sugiartha.
This theme is visually represented through the main icon of the Kalpataru tree which can be interpreted as the breath of life as well as the main knowledge that teaches humans about food sources, pharmacology, culture, economy, industry, and even spirituality. Trees are believed to be the eldest siblings of humans to live on Earth.
The opening of this year’s Bali Arts Festival will be combined with a live event at the Ksirarnawa Building, Bali Provincial Cultural Park, and is planned to be opened virtually by President Joko Widodo on June 12, 2021, at 11.00-12.30.
“The noble concept in the Bali Arts Festival theme will be a trigger for tradition-based creativity and motivate the current Balinese generation to love ancestral culture, build character, identity and prosperity,” said I Gede Arya Sugiartha.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Bali Arts Festival is carried out conventionally (offline) and online with strict and measurable health protocols.
The I Gede Arya Sugiartha agenda consists of 43 performances, three types of parades, 13 competitions, two exhibitions, six workshops, and six rehearsals.
The representatives of nine regencies/cities throughout Bali will show their skills and abilities to bring various performances, including classical gambuh, xylophone, wayang wong, gamelan, masks, and wayang kulit.
To reflect the diversity and richness of the culture of the archipelago and friendly countries, there were also shows, including virtual art performances from Papua, traditional Paser dances from East Kalimantan, and Indian classical dances.