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Bali Arts Festival

About the Bali Arts Festival

Fortunately if your holiday exactly to meet this even so our team of bali driver and tour service with pleasure to accompany you to watch this performance.  An array of traditional and contemporary cultural shows will be presented when Bali holds the one month long Bali Arts Festival in June. It is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions, and others related cultural and commercial activities during which the whole of Bali literally comes to the city to presents its offerings of dance, music and beauty.

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On display are trances from remote mountain slopes, forgotten or recently revived village dances, food and offering contests, classical palace dances, odd musical performances of kreasi baru (new creations) from the dance schools of Denpasar, as well as contemporary choreography and dance performances from other parts of Indonesia and abroad.

It is a month long revelry that perhaps no other place in the world can put up on such a low budget as the Balinese. Not only is their traditional culture alive and well, but they take tremendous pride in it.

It begins in the villages, where the seka or cultural group are selected and organized at the regency level, vie with each other to perform at the Arts Festival, and thus display in front of a large audience the uniqueness of their village of birth and resting place of their ancestors.

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The Bali Arts Festival is the cultural event of the year, perhaps it would not be too far fetched to suggest that it is the cultural event of Indonesia. The festival is thus a unique opportunity to see local village cultural both “live” and at firsthand. Tourists are warmly welcomed.

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Kecak Dance Bali

Make sure you go to a traditional dance performance…..

Music and dance are so entrenched in  Bali that it is regrettable if a visit does not include at least one dance performance, not only for the cultural enrichment but also because whatever money the dancers earn goes back to their banjar (village community).

The kecak dance is one of the most exhilarating and unique as it is not accompanied by musical instruments but by the voice of a large group of bare chested men. They chant what sounds like the chatter of monkeys (“Kecak, Kecak, Cak..Cak…cak) but with a variety of rhythms and tones. The represent the monkey army which helps the hero of the Ramayana epic, Rama, to vanquish the evil Rahwana and rescue Sita. Kecak’s origin lie in traditional Sanghyang (trance) dances which were modified in the 1930s to include part of the Ramayana following .

Kecak is often followed by the Sanghyang Dedari dance by young girls who dance legong-style as if in a dream.The Sanghyang jaran dance is performed by and entranced boy  who dances around and on burning coconut husks. Some of popular places for this dance are on Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Ubud, Sari Wisata Budaya. So don’t forget to watch the Kecak dance before you leave Bali.

Or you can contact us to accompany you to watch this dance.