update: 31st Bali Arts Festival 2009 will take place from 13 June – 11 July 2009
The Thirtieth Bali Art Festival 2008 is being held from 14 June until 12 July this year, theme as the cultural event overall is “Citta Wretti Nirodha—Self Restrain toward Balance and Harmony”.
The festival is a wonderful spectacle and a great introduction to Balinese artistic traditions and culture. Events take place throughout each day for an entire month and include handicraft exhibitions, cultural performances, music, classical palace dances and historical exhibitions.
It is the biggest event of its kind in the country and you really should try to attend at least one evening. Please don’t mind the long way to Denpasar and the sometimes poor organization of the event, the great performances will make up for that.