Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bali Arts Festival 2013 officially opened

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono came to Bali to officially open the 35th Bali Arts Festival 2013 and the World Hindu Summit 2013 and close the Indonesian two day Chief Editors’ Summit which was organized by the Indonesian Chief Editors Forum (ICEF), which was established on July 18, 2012, by a group of 55 chief editors from various media outlets in Jakarta, Bandung, Makassar, Semarang and Surakarta. 
President Yudhoyono has marked the start of the street parade by hitting a gong from the Gong Beri traditional ensemble this afternoon
The opening ceremony took  place at
Werddhi Budaya Arts Center, the main open stage at the Werddhi Budaya Art Center and featured a collaborative drama and dance piece Garuda Digjaya Mahambhara (The powerful Garuda, master of the sky) performed by students and lecturers from Denpasar’s Indonesia Arts Institute. At the ceremony, President Yudhoyono has officially opened the month-long arts festival by striking ketungan, a wooden mortar used to pound rice.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said that this year’s arts festival would be special as it would be going on at the same time as the World Hindu Summit, an international event where around 500 Hindu leaders from all around the world discuss contemporary issues in relation to the development of one of the world’s oldest belief system. The summit will take place at the Ksirarnawa building in the Arts Center complex. It is expected that the summit will result in the declaration of World Hindu Parisad and World Hindu Center.

“I am confident that the Bali Arts Festival will echo all over the world, as the World Hindu Summit will declare its World Hindu Parisad and World Hindu Center during the event,” he said,

Speech from Ida Pedanda Gde Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa
Chairman Board Adviser
 The World Hindu Summit 2013

On behalf of the WHP Working Committee, I would like to extend a very hearty welcome to all of you honoured guests and  fellow brothers, and may you experience the warm friendship of the Balinese people. Some of you have attended WHS I and some of you have come to Bali for the first time. I Sincerely hope that we can get together to declare formerly the creation or formation of WHP and WHC.
 One year ago, in my opening address, I mentioned a line taken from the book by Charles Dickens which goes like this …….. it is the worst of times, it is the best of times.
 In the turbulence of the world which we witness today, there is extreme cruelty and fanaticism where people are forced to convert to other religious. This is a frightening thing because the harmony and unity of the Hindus in particular and people in general, world wide,  is critical. Therefore our meeting today has a very significant meaning. We in Bali feel this a great deal because we are a minority in a vast country of other major religions. This is why we have created this forum where we can meet and discuss various issues regarding our total welfare and safely for people Bali in particular, and the world in general.
Moreover, what happens to Hindus around the world also very much affects us in Bali. We have therefore chosen the theme LOKASAMGRAHA as stated in the Bhagawad Gita ( 3, 20 – 25). Prof. Radhakrishnan had said : LOKASAMGRAHA MEANS WORLD MAINTENANCE. LOKASAMGRAHA STANDS  FOR THE UNITY OF THE WORLD, THE INTERCONNECTION OF SOCIETY of all backgrounds on earth.
I once again wish you all success in all the forth coming conference and I hope you will enjoy your stay in Bali. Thank you.


Theme :Bali Arts Festival XXXV  2013
“Taksu : Brings about Creative Power and Identity
Bali Arts Festival 2013 Theme 

For Balinese “Taksu” is simply put as "the indescribable essence of Spirit.”energy, aura of spiritual charisma dwelling within,  infusing  the  person with  inner
beauty and charm. Taksu cannot be tested but when it is present, there is
no doubt as to its existence.  It cannot be quantified, but only qualified.  It fills the person
with confidence, charisma, and swagger.  It can be quite pleasurable, its
presence is warm but mysteriously powerful.  
  With  proper  instruction  and  training,  one  could  wield  Taksu  in  a  number  of
different  ways. 

 Its natural gifts of awareness and intuition combined with intensive healing support your innate ability to heal and rejuvenate.

This one  month-long festival will begin with a parade of performers from all districts in Bali and other Indonesian provinces, as well as by foreign participants, and is normally attended by the President of the Republic of Indonesia himself.  After the elaborate parade on June 15, a formal Grand Opening ceremony will be held that same evening at the Artha Candra Open Stage.
The festival will feature over 340 national and international cultural groups. Participating will be groups   from the U.S.A., India, Korea and several European nations.  There will be daily performances of dance and music as well as countless related cultural and commercial activities, during which literally the whole of Bali will be drawn to Denpasar to present their offerings of dance, music and beauty.
Ancient forms of classical Balinese dances will be resurrected during this year’s festival. Also featured are culinary exhibitions, competitions, fashion shows, flower shows and displays of traditional handicrafts.
Each year, the Bali Arts Festival features the enthralling classical dances of the island, such as the legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris, the mask dance and the like, on which contemporary choreographies have been created, while old village dances and activities are also revived. Over the years, the whole range of classical Balinese epics and folk stories – such as the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sutasoma, Panji - have thus been turned into “colossal Dance dramas”  known as  Sendratari.
Through its 35 years history, the Bali Arts Festival has become an important and essential media to rediscover and preserve the unique and celebrated arts and culture of Bali, and at the same time increase its people’s welfare. Through this special annual event, it is hoped that the genuine wisdom and philosophy of the people of Bali will not only be preserved but will also grow and be spread to other parts of the world.

Preparation for the Festival begins in the villages, where the seka or cultural groups are selected and organized at the regency level, then they join with the others to perform the Arts Festival and thus display, to large audiences, the uniqueness of their village.
The Bali Arts Festival is the Denpasar cultural event of the year, perhaps the cultural event of Indonesia. The festival is thus a unique opportunity to see local village culture both “live” and at first hand. Tourists are cordially invited and welcomed.

“The opening will start with a parade of activities taking place at the monument of Bajra Sandhi Balinese struggle in Renon,” said head of the Bali Culture Department I Ketut Suastika, during a media conference at his office on Wednesday.

The PKB will be officially opened by President Susilo  Bambang Yudhoyono, commonly called President SBY,  on Saturday. For the last eight years, he has not missed the festival’s opening ceremony.

Before opening the PKB officially on Saturday night, President SBY Yudhoyono, accompanied by seven ministers, will witness a cultural parade of festival participants in Renon, Denpasar, in the afternoon. The Bali Arts Festival will run for a full month with approximately 330 artistic performances staged at Denpasar Cultural Park. Each day, four performances of art shows may be enjoyed free of charge.

A total of 15,000 artists will be participating in the 35th Bali Arts Festival (PKB), which is being held this year from June 15 to July 13 at Denpasar Cultural Park. The festival theme is" Taksu: Brings about Creative Power and Identity."
Tema :PKB XXXV Tahun 2013
“Taksu : Membangkitkan Daya Kreatif  dan Jati Diri”  Pelaksanaan : Sabtu Tanggal 15 Juni s.d 13 Juli 2013
Tempat : Art Centre Denpasar. 
Source :  
According to the Bali Daily news coverage about the preparation of Bali Arts Festival 2013, Suastika said, the organizer would place traditional arts as priority instead of modern ones.“Through the festival, we are eager to show the existence and identity of the spirit of Balinese culture,”

in addition to the arts and culture, the event will also feature a culinary festival, exhibition and competitions, fashion, flower arrangements and handicrafts. Visitors can enjoy traditional Balinese cuisine sold in the Arts Center complex, including the famed betutu (roasted chicken or duck cooked with Balinese spices), babi guling (roast pig), and lawar — a mix of vegetables, minced meat (pork, beef, chicken, or duck), chili, spices and grated coconut, and sometimes fresh animal blood. Suastika said that the culinary festival was aimed at promoting and preserving Balinese cuisine.

An exhibition of Balinese handicrafts will also give visitors the chance to go shopping. Hundreds of local artisans will participate in the festival.

The chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurants Association (PHRI) Bali branch, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, said that the annual festival could be an alternative tourist attraction. However, he deplored that the festival promotion had yet to successfully attract more tourists.

“Most tourists coming to the Bali Arts Festival heard about the event when they had already arrived in Bali. They usually find out from the hotel staff. None of tourists come to Bali because of the festival,” Sukawati, popularly known as Cok Ace, said.

Cok Ace, who also serves as Bali Tourism Promotion Board (BPP) head, said that he would optimize the promotion of the Bali Arts Festival next year.

“BPPD had not been officially inaugurated, so we could not work for this year’s festival. But we are eager to do our best in promoting the 36th Bali Arts Festival next year,” he said.
Bajra Sandhi Monument , Renon, Denpasar.
Bajra Sandhi Monument is a monument to admire Balinese people struggle from time to time. The monument is located across the street from the Bali Governor's Office in Renon, Denpasar, Bali.

This Monument is recognized by the name of Bajra Sandhi because its form similar to Bajra or Genta or bell used by all Hindu Priest in reading off Weda holy sentence (mantra) at religious ceremony. This monument was built in 1987 and it was officially  inaugurated by President Megawati Sukarno Putri on 14 June 2003. The purpose of this monument is to immortalize the soul and spirit of Balinese People struggle, looking after, developing and also preserving the culture of Bali for the next generation so that they can advance as the capital  ready for the  world  filled with the challenges

Overall the area of the monument is rectangular with its application of Tri Mandala. It comprises 3 areas:

  1. Utama Mandala is a main building in the middle
  2. Madya Mandala is a courtyard that surrounds Utama Mandala
  3. Nista Mandala is the outer courtyard surrounding the Madya Mandala
The Main building of the monument (Utama Mandala) consists of 3 floors:

  • Utamaning Utama Mandala is on the third floor as a place of tranquility, a place of silence and enjoying the view around the monument. Visitors can see the magnificent panorama of Denpasar from this place. To reach this place the visitor must pass a long plight of stairs.

  • Madyaning Utama Mandala is the second floor as a diorama, with the total is 33 units. In the meantime the Second floor is a place to see the miniature of Balinese people's struggle from time to time. The diorama is similar to National Monument in Jakarta. But, here is only shows the struggle of the Balinese people. It dates back from the beginning of the Balinese kingdoms, the entrance of Hinduism, Majapahit era, Netherlands colonialism, struggle of independence, until the present.

  • Nistaning Utama Mandala is a ground floor of the building, which serves as an information room, Librarianship room, exhibit room, conference room, administrative room, and restrooms. In the center of the hall , we can enjoy a a large fish pond commonly called Puser Tasik.
  • Bajra Sandhi Monument in its development has been opened for visitors and serves as one of places of interest or tourist destinations in Bali especially when visiting Denpasar . You may also join Denpasar City Tour or Denpasar Tour Package to visit this beautiful place. 

Live performance of Narwastu Art Group at Bali Arts Festival  2012 This classic dance describes relationship. A friendship is formed however,  after a while it is faced with difficulty and heated conflict. In the end resolution comes to light and the relationship is restored. Composed: October 13, 2009 Composer: I Wayan Rajeg Choreography: Ni Ketut Arini 

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