Kuta's famous beach and busy streets come alive again this year for the Kuta Karnival - back by popular demand for its third year. Proclaimed by organizers as "A Celebration of Life" - Kuta Karnival will run from June 25 though Juy 3, 2005, coinciding with Indonesian school holidays as well as Bali's peak season for overseas travelers.
Action-Packed Calendar of Events Planned
Seven days of music presented on three separate stage venues spread along Kuta Beach will serve musical tastes of every description from Hip Hop, Punk, Pop, Rock, Jazz to Blues Ethnic Fusion.
A street parade, set to the Kuta Karnival's theme "Summer of Fun," will be held on July 3, 2005, including floats, dancers, gamelans orchestras, unicyclists, Big Bikes, funny scooters, and decorated Dokars - all sponsored by local businesses and Balinese community groups. The parade route will travel along Jalan Melasti, Jalan Legian, Jalan Panatih and finish up on Kuta's Beach Front.
On the final two days of the Kuta Karnival, on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, over 60 of Bali's best restaurants will present their food in a spectacular setting of food stalls along the beach in Legian. Set to become a fun family weekend, the event provides food stalls and a special children's arena with entertainment, clowns, face painting, bouncy castles, games, and a horse jumping exhibition - all centered along Kuta's beach. While sampling the culinary choices on offer in the food stalls, visitors will be entertained with live music on the 3 separate beach stages in combination with fashion shows, world champion flair bartender performances, and cabaret shows.
Last year beach-side events drew more than 10,000 customers each night.
Water Sports Galore
For water sports enthusiasts a number of number of beach and water-centered competitions are scheduled in conjunction with the Kuta Karnival, including beach volley ball, soccer games, surfing challenges and body board contests. Appearances by ranked national and international surfing competitors are also on tap. In addition, Speed Climbing, bouldering, kite surfing and a traditional Jukung Boat Race form part of the week-long event.
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