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Cultural Performances Up for Stricter Regulation

Bali's Arts Groups Must Now be Licensed. Dance Repertoire and Salary Rates to Be Regulated.

(5/15/2005) Bali's 113 traditional performing arts groups are apparently targeted for stricter regulation as the result of an informal agreement reached between the various sub-departments of the province's government charged with the cultural, tourism and artistic affairs.

The stricter approach, based on a new common perception of priorities, was agreed at a series of inter-departmental meeting held in early May.

Stronger Control

Increased regulation of traditional arts performances presented at hotels and restaurants will include the stipulation of which dances that can be performed, banning paid performance of sacred dances now reserved exclusively for religious ceremonies, and the requirement that all traditional performance groups must now possess Pramana Patran Budaya permits issued by the Provincial Cultural Office.

Still under discussion, but expected to be introduced shortly, are minimum compensation levels that must be paid by hotels and restaurants for various traditional arts performances and stipulations on the minimum size of performance troupes, depending on the dances to be presented.