Malaysia to take part in cultural parade in Bali

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Malaysia will take part in the cultural parade to be held to mark the opening of the 33rd annual month-long Bali Arts Festival (PKB) on June 10.

Malaysia will be the only foreign country to present its art troupe in the cultural parade along with art troupes from eight districts and city in Bali, head of Bali cultural service I Ketut Suastika said here on Thursday.

He said seven art groups from five foreign countries meanwhile would take part in the arts festival.

Six other foreign groups meanwhile would only present their arts performances at Taman Budaya Denpasar which is the venue of the festival.

A total of 334 art performances would be staged at the festival.

The foreign art troupes to participate in the festival come from Japan (three groups), the US, India, Australia and Malaysia.

Malaysia in the parade will present "Wau Bulan", a cultural art show very popular among the people in that country.

"Wau Bulan" is a kite made of paper and feather played by Malaysians.

I Ketut Suastika said the parade this time would not be done ceremoniously to give people freedom and artists to express themselves freely.

He said the parade was aimed at maintaining the identity and art characteristics of each district in Bali.

The main PKB events include parade, arts performances, small industrial products and craftsmanship exhibition, competitions, dialog forums and documentary film shows.