The 33rd Bali Art Festival is Upon Us!

Today, the 33rd Bali Art Festival officially started. Well, the real, official opening ceremony was held on the night of June 10, 2011 at Denpasar Cultural Center. The Festival was officially declared opened by Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The president also opened two other major events, the National Utsawa Dharma Gita and the Bali World Culture Forum.

Like any colossal event, there has to be something big to commemorate the opening. That’s it, a parade is in order. Today on June 11, 2011, a massive parade was held in front of the mayor’s office (which was also near the governor’s residence). The parade introduced contingents and delegates of all the regencies in Bali, including some contingents from other parts of Indonesia, and was held at Puputan Badung Park from 2 pm to 4 pm local time.

I, like any newbie photographer without flashy equipment and an ID Card, had to slip in through the crowds and withstand constant elbowing, pushing, and I could’ve sworn I got hit in the head by a flying plant, to bring you pictures of the opening parade. Well, wait no longer, here they are!

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Wow, just look at those VIPS! Notice the empty seats, looks like some are late...

The only way a festival is officially opened is by smashing a large gong.

This one's from SIngaraja regency. Cool dragon and horses by the way.

Hey look, it's the National Utsawa Dharma Gita contestants!

Those mascots are artistic, yet a bit creepy.

The very backbone of any dance performance is their music. In this case, the gamelan.

"Ogoh-ogoh" are commonly illustrated as various mystical creatures. It doesn't have to be Nyepi to have ogoh-ogoh.

Shirtless dudes beating each other up with bamboo sticks and shields! Don't worry, it's only acting.

Hey, who invited the colonists?! Oh, its just a re-enactment of a historic event in the form of organized footwork.

So this is how they ambushed him...

This isn't any ordinary cow. It's a crucial part of the Ngaben ceremony which carries the corpse.

Whoa, watch where you point that thing!

Now you know how many people it takes to hoist an ogoh-ogoh...

Out of my way! Bow down before me, for I am your king! This performance shows archaic Balinese feudalism, where castes were still a big thing.

Whoa, a giant mouse! This was the Tabanan regency's performance. Tabanan is the largest producer of rice in Bali.

More guys with spears! This is the Baris dance, a dance which symbolizes warriors training for battle.

Dudes with sticks! This is the Makotek tradition from Munggu.

For those who want to witness the 33rd Bali Art Festival, come on down to Denpasar Cultural Center! The festival will end on the 9th of July, which is about a month from now. Not only will you witness Balinese art and culture, you can also see art and culture from various parts of Indonesia. Oh, the festival is only held once a year, so if you miss it now, try coming back next year!

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