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Pastika: Bali Art Center Dirty and Unrepresentative

Bali's Arts Community Presents List of Demands to Sustain Bali's Reputation as a Center for the Arts.

(8/18/2008) Beritabali.com reports that Bali's incoming governor, Made Mangku Pastika, has criticized the Bali Arts Center, located in downtown Denpasar, as dirty and unrepresentative.

Such were the comments of Pastika during a dialogue on "Bali's Creative Arts and Future Challenges" held at the Neka Art Museum in Ubud on Sunday, August 10, 2008. Pastika said: "at this point the area of the Art Center and Indonesia Arts Institute (ISI) covers only 10 hectares, while it should occupy 50 hectares. Because of the lack of space the current arrangements are not good."

When asked if, in his capacity as Governor, he will seek more space for the Bali Arts Center, Pastika remained non-committal, saying he has yet to consider a new location for the Arts Center.

A teacher from the ISI called on Pastika to facilitate the rapid development of the creative arts in Bali. The well-known art instructor listed specific facilities needed by the Bali artistic community: the hosting of a creative arts event on a national scale; the creation of a major arts competition; a re-evaluation of the current concept of the Bali Arts Festival (PKB); the establishment of a Bali Visual Arts Center; and the general improvement of the infrastructure in support of the arts in Bali.

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