President Megawati Soekarnoputri has confirmed that she will personally preside over the opening parade for the 25th Annual Bali Arts Festival scheduled to commence at 1500 hours on Saturday, June 14, 2003.
The massive opening parade featuring dance, musical and artistic groups from villages and townships across Bali - as well as visiting art's troupes from throughout Indonesia and the region, marks the start of a month-long daily program of theatre, dance, music and handicrafts expositions in various performance venues centered in Denpasar, the capital of Bali.
A Silver Anniversary
The festival, which will run from June 14 Ė July 13, 2003, marks the 25th anniversary of the festival originally conceived by Ida Bagus Mantra, the late and much-revered former Governor of Bali and the Nation's Director General of Culture in the late 1960's. Mantra, an ardent defender of traditional culture, recognized the importance of always placing culture before tourism as a means of preserving the island's heritage and the sustainability of its tourism industry.
The theme of this year's Bali Arts Festival is Yadnya Cakra - a celebration of creativity and renewal by Bali's arts and cultural communities.
Visit the Bali Arts Festival Website for additional information and a complete schedule of performances and exhibitions.
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