Famous masked dances originating from tribal villages are showcased and ancient classic stories retold.Alongside trances from remote mountain slopes, forgotten or recently revived village dances, food and offering contests, classical palace dances, stars of Balinese stage, odd musical performances, you’ll find new creations from the dance schools of Denpasar, as well as contemporary choreography and dance companies from other islands and from overseas. Foreign art troupes from 12 countries, including the US, the Netherlands, Germany, India, Malaysia and Japan have confirmed their participation. The first Bali Arts Festival was held in 1979 following the introduction of tourism over a decade earlier. It was decided that if tourism was to be accepted in Bali it had to remain within the parameters of “cultural tourism” and therefore tourists are very warmly welcomed; the vibrant atmosphere spreads all across the island and is enjoyed by both locals and travellers alike. For first time backpackers to Bali, it’s a fantastic introduction to the rich heritage of the spirited destination. Apart from a few ticketed performances (for a nominal fee), entry to this daily event is free of charge – our favourite price!
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