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President to Open 30th Bali Arts Festival

12 Countries to Join Bali and 5 Indonesian Provinces in Month Long Celebration of the Arts June 14 – July 12, 2008.

(6/7/2008) The State New Agency Antara reports that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to travel to Bali to open to open the 30th Bali Arts Festival on June 14, 2008.

I Made Adi Djaya, the Chairman of the Festival, told Antara, “the head of state to be accompanied by a number of ministers will watch cultural attractions involving thousands of artists from Bali as well as other regions."

12 foreign ambassadors assigned to Jakarta are also being invited to Bali to join the President at the opening ceremony and parade. The 12 ambassadors were selected based on the participation of arts groups from their respective countries in the month-long celebration. The ambassadors invited by the organizing committee hail from the United States of America, Japan, Singapore, India, South Korea, Thailand, Britain, and Malaysia.

The 30th Bali Arts Festival has adopted "Self-Control Towards Balance and Harmony" as its organizational theme.

All nine regencies of Bali, five provinces from outside of Bali and delegations from 12 nations will present performance groups at the Bali Arts Festival.

Festival Schedule

[2008 Complete Schedule of Bali Arts Festival]