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Ogoh-Ogoh Festival in Sanur February 23-24, 2006

Substantial Prizes Expected to Draw Colorful Float Entries From Across Bali.

(2/6/2006) More than Rp. 32.4 million (approximately US$ 4,470) in prizes will be on offer at the first-of-its-kind Ogoh-Ogoh competition to be held in Sanur Village Community February 23-24, 2006.

Traditionally held in conjunction with Balinese New Year's celebrations on Nyepi Eve, this year's stand-alone special celebration will see larger-than-life floats of colorful Ogoh-Ogoh monsters carried through the streets on the shoulders of young men wishing to prove that their physical endurance and float-making capabilities excel those of any neighboring group.

Rules require that each presentation must involve the active participation of an entire community of at least 80 people. Each entry will make a grand entrance to a main stage where each Ogoh-Ogoh must "perform" for a required 12 minutes accompanied by village dancers and a gamelan orchestra.

Rules announced for this year's competition allow Ogoh-Ogoh artists free reign in designing their floats stipulating that their final products may resemble humans, animals or battles between mythical gods and beast.

The festival will commence on each of the two days at 3:00 p.m. and run through the evening hours.

The Ogoh-Ogoh Festival is jointly sponsored by the City of Denpasar Government, the Foundation for Sanur Development and Bali TV.