Bali’s Upcoming Cultural Calendar

Island of Culture | Written By, Life on the Island |

Bali’s 2019 cultural calendar is marked by quite a number of artistic festivals that allow you to experience festivities unique to the Island of the Gods.

AUGUST

18-20 Tanah Lot Festival

An exceptional event taking place in one of Bali’s most popular attractions, Tanah Lot Festival will be packed with art performances, highlighting different types of Balinese dance among others.

24-26 Tirta Gangga Festival

Held in the island’s celebrated Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Tirta Gangga Festival’s theme is always related to water and life. During the festival, the stage is built around the water garden, where amazing talents from the local villagers perform poetry, dances, and play music. The three-day festival is a mix of installation art, landscape painting, and theatre including creative competitions to encourage young people’s passion and talents. As part of Bali’s main attractions, Tirta Gangga Water Palace has a large square pool decorated with Buddhist gods and goddesses and an elegant, tiered Nawa Sanga fountain. The one-hectare property located on the outskirt of Amlapura in its well-known current state, was built in 1948 by the last king of Karangasem.

29 Bali Kite Festival

Always anticipated by both residents and visitors to Bali, Bali Kite Festival is a series of kiting events that starts during the windy season. The festival is delightful for all ages, providing creative competitions such 3D New Kite Creation and performing melodious Gamelan orchestra to the guests. 

SEPTEMBER

14-16 Petitenget Arts & Spirit Festival

The festival, taking place in the popular area of Petitenget, will showcase music performances, traditional human puppets, yoga sessions, and traditional dance performances. 

15-17 Ujung Water Palace Festival

This three-day festival features cultural parades by the local youth community, art installations around the square Dirah pool, and a Mebat competition. Visitors can experience the spacious park at the water palace and the many festivities, or relax on the grass while enjoying the performance.

25-28 Lovina Festival

Held in Kalibukbuk and Kaliasem villages, Lovina Festival reflects the beauty of Lovina Beach with its sparkling black sand and breathtaking sunset. During the festival you can enjoy collaborative music performances, Bungbung traditional dance, puppet shows, cultural parade around the villages in Lovina, and even party at Kaliasem Beach. The festival highlights are the fireworks show and the cultural parade, where the local communities take part. It overall blends the beauty of nature and culture. 

OCTOBER

14 Ketipat War

A unique festivity, Ketipat War is an annual event that was first held in 1337 by the villagers of Kapal village in Mengwi. Ketipat (or somestimes ketupat) is a typical Indonesian rice cake wrapped in coconut leaves, and during this event the villagers throw the Ketipat at each other. 

NOVEMBER

17 Makepung Lampit Race

Different from the regular Makepung Race, Makepung Lampit is held in wetlands, where the pair of buffalos pulls the Lampit, or the wooden board, on muddy terrestrial. Inspired by the Balinese agriculture culture, Makepung Lampit signifies the gotong royong culture, where everyone is encouraged to help one another. In the villages, everyone is helping on the land levelling process to prepare for the harvesting season. This tradition initiated Makepung Lampit.

DECEMBER

28-31 Denpasar Festival

Denpasar Festival focuses on happiness and sustainability. It realises Bali’s full potential and the important existence of the creative industry. Held at the end of the year and originally named Gajah Mada Festival, Denpasar Festival commemorates the year with a silver lining. The celebration has different theme every year, and holds resourceful exhibitions and ethnic musical performances by Balinese artists. The last of the festival is celebrated with a dance parade and the end-of-the-year Dadong Rerod opera.

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