The festival is conducted in conjunction with the Bali World Cultural Forum and the National Utsawa Dharma Gita 2011 as a starting point to create global culture with local wisdom.Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to leave here for Denpasar, Bali, Friday morning, to open the 33rd Bali Arts Festival.
According to Presidential Palace press bureau, the president and an entourage will leave Halim Perdanakusuma airport at 11 am local time for Denpasar, Bali.
The Bali Art Festival, involving both local and international artists, is a regular annual event organized by the Bali provincial administration.
President Yudhoyono will open the art festival on Friday evening at the open theater of Denpasar Cultural Park.
Themed "Desa Kala Patra: Self Adaptation into Multicultural Concepts," the festival will be a grand art festivity this year for a month-long performance of dances, music, poetry, and handicraft exhibition.
Held from June 11 to July 9, 2011, the Bali Arts Festival will start on Saturday with a traditional opening parade led by Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika.
The festival is conducted in conjunction with the Bali World Cultural Forum and the National Utsawa Dharma Gita 2011 as a starting point to create global culture with local wisdom.
The five main agenda items of the Bali Arts Festival will remain the same to include a cultural parade, stage performances, competitions, meetings and seminars, and handicraft exhibition of small industry.
The Bali Arts Festival exhibits a full month program of cultural presentations and seminars by Balinese performers joined by art groups from abroad and from all over Indonesia.
Each year the Bali Arts Festival introduces the fed classical dances of the island such as the legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris, mask dances and the like.
It is based on the theme around which new "dance choreography" is produced and old village dances and activities revived.
Over the years, the whole range of classical Balinese stories - Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sutasoma, Panji - have been turned into "colossal" Sendratari Ballets.
After opening the Bali Arts Festival, President Yudhoyono and entourage will fly back to Jakarta on Saturday afternoon. (O001/A/H-NG )
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