The Indonesian national press agency ANTARA reports that a record-setting 15 foreign performing groups are expected in Bali to participate in the 28th Annual Bali Arts Festival to be held June 17- July 15, 2006.
Organizers of the event, which showcases musical and performing groups from Bali and the rest of Indonesia, said the 15 foreign performing groups are scheduled to perform throughout the month-long event.
While 15 groups from abroad have formally confirmed their participation, it is not unusual for last-minute entries from abroad to contact the organizers and request performance slots.
The growing interest by foreign performers has outstripped past participation by international artists and reflects the widening reputation of the Bali Arts Festival and the confidence felt by participating musicians and dancers in Bali's overall security situation.
Among the foreign groups registered to participate in the 2006 festival are from the U.S.A., Japan, South Korea, Germany, Canada, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the U.K..
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