A Must-Visit! Famous Contemporary Festivals in Bali

The diversity of art and culture in Bali has been recognized worldwide. Exhibition in form of art festivals in Bali has many people hyping about them. These events help to promote to the outside world how beautiful Bali is and how vibrant the culture creates uniqueness in the island. Festivals in Bali express Bali cultural heritages. In any way possible, they should be part of traditions to pass from one generation to the others. Festivals in Bali are also a reminder of our identity that we should be proud of.

A Must-Visit! Contemporary Festivals in Bali

These events we’re about to cover in the following might go through hardship related to today’s situation. Due to the pandemic, we might not get to hold the festivals in Bali like how we used to. The social restrictions that take place in Indonesia are still in progress to ensure Bali is free from Covid-19. But as soon as the world is recovering and once Bali can stand on its ground, we’re hoping your excitement can bring back the festive vibe to spark again. Here you go~

Bali Spirit Festival

The Bali Spirit Festival takes the essence of Tri Hita Karana to strive for harmonious balance among nature, human connection, and high divinity. As one of the renowned festivals in Bali, Bali Spirit Festival provides a medium of self-healing through yoga and meditation workshops, soothing music, dance, live performances, and social gathering. The event enables to unite like-minded individuals especially those who are interested in the subject of personal development while being accompanied by tasty delicacies as well. The event occurs in March or April around the Ubud area.

Ubud Food Festival

The Ubud Food Festival was first founded through a successful program held by Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The committee proceeded to take the program to the next level by making it one of the exclusive festivals in Bali. Ubud Food Festival hosts feasts of Indonesian local and international cuisines. There are also cooking classes, talk sessions, and more. It has driven gastronomy enthusiasts to be present and pamper their taste buds. The Ubud Food Festival takes place in Ubud for a few days around April.

Bali Arts Festival

PKB (Pesta Kesenian Bali) or the Bali Arts Festival takes place annually between the middle of June to the middle of July. You will witness one of the festivals in Bali that celebrate its opening day in the grand art and cultural performances and street parades at Niti Mandala Renon square. It will be bliss for people who have a knack for photography, art, and culture to experience the gala before their eyes. The next day, you can attend to the schedule provided by the organizers to not miss out on the art performances at Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre, Jl. Nusa Indah No.1 – Denpasar. Besides watching Balinese talents, you can also purchase souvenirs and have a culinary adventure. There will be a lot of vendors swarming around the areas.

Kite Festivals in Bali

If you visit Bali in the windy season around June and August, come to the Bali Kite Festival in Padang Galak Beach or in Sanur. Participated by Balinese youngsters who will show off their gigantic lavish kite designs and will fly them high on the coast, the Bali Kite Festival makes one of the iconic festivals in Bali.

Bali International Film Festival

The Bali International Film Festival or abbreviated into Balinale showcases award-winning indie movies. Screenings are at several cinemas in Bali. The festival often features talks from the related directors and respective writers.  World-class filmmakers often attend Balinale to recognize Indonesian and international independent producers. Taking place in September, the Bali International Film Festival will be crowded with students, film, and documentary enthusiasts.

Nusa Dua Fiesta

Nusa Dua Fiesta is held annually in October nearby ITDC, Nusa Dua peninsula. It presents music live performances, art and culture exhibitions, sports, cooking and mixology competition, and food vendors bustling around the area. There are no other festivals in Bali where you can get to see lots of lanterns of various sizes and shapes in the areas. You can also experience the Nusa Dua sky by riding a hot air balloon.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival gathers some renowned writers and speakers from across the continents. It is the biggest literary event in Bali where you can find yourself engage in hives of book launches, indie film and documentary screenings, poem readings, music live performances, and witness cultural differences from art performances by global talents. Annual events of UWRF take several days. Moreover, the setup will be in numerous venues situated at Sanggingan Street, Ubud. UWRF has also reached outside Bali like Jakarta, Papua, Sulawesi, and many more. 

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Have You Ever Been to One of These Festivals in Bali?

And there are still a lot more festivals in Bali to cover, pretty exciting, isn’t it? There is so much more of Bali that you might not yet discover and probably miss during the pandemic. It’s been over a year. The cancellation of these festivals in Bali is unavoidable. We hope the world gets better soon so people can indulge in this fun atmosphere again.   

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