15 June – 13 July 2013
The 35th Annual Bali Art Festival
The 35th Annual Bali Art Festival is held from June 15 to July 13 2013. This one-month festivals boast more than 340 arts performances with more than 15,000 artists. The Bali Arts Festival is held at several venues within the Bali Arts Center in Denpasar. This year, the festival theme is Taksu (inner power).
The 35th Bali Art Festival will not only feature traditional Balinese performances but also some collaborations between Balinese and foreign artists. These international collaborations will highlight fusion performances between Balinese artists and those from the US, India, Korea and several European countries. The festival will also showcase performers from other province in Indonesia and overseas. Some of the overseas participants include performers from India, Japan, the US, the UK and Timor Leste.
4 – 7 July 2013
Billabong : 6 Star Asc Event in Bali
Billabong will be hosting a 6 Star ASC event at Balangan Beach, Pecatu, Bali, from 4 – 7 July 2013. It will be held in conjunction with the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC). Balangan Beach is highly regarded by surfers for its long breaking left handed waves. The event titled after Billabong’s key global campaign, “Life’s Better in Boardshorts” and has been conceived to not just bring Asia’s best surfers together, but also beach lovers to have a good time.
A prize purse of over 70,000,000 IDR is on the line. And surfers from all over Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, China and Japan and Indonesia) will be competing in this inaugural event.
7 July 2013
Jimbaran Bay Jazz Fest 2013
Jimbaran Bay Jazz Fest 2013 will be held in Spa Garden Bali Intercontinental Resort Jimbaran on Sunday, 7 July 2013. 14 artists will perform at this festival including David Benoit (AS), Chika Asamoto (Japan), Helga Fusion (Hungary), The Groove, Rio Sidik, Tompi, Krakatau Monita Tahalea, Tropical Transit, Aliceleonz, KSP Band and many more.
20 – 26 July 2013
2nd Bali International Choir Festival
The 2nd Bali International Choir Festival will be held from 20 – 26 July 2013 in Bali. The festival features workshop, collaboration, concert, clinic and International Choir Competition and Championship.
21 – 24 July 2013
Bali Kite Festival
The Bali Kite Festival is an international kite festival that will be held from 21 – 24 July 2013 in the Padang Galak area of Sanur. Giant traditional kites, four meters in width and almost ten meters in length, are crafted and flown competitively by teams hailing from the villages of Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan municipality. Each teams brings its own gamelan orchestra to provide the soundtrack accompanying the airborne kite. The sight of these colorful kites gently bobbing in the blue Balinese sky draw many local spectators, as well as a large amount of visiting tourists each year. Officials report that over one thousand kites from foreign countries participated in the 2012 festival, lending this lovely local tradition a true international flavor.
28 July 2013
Mekepung (Bull Race)
Makepung or bull race is the only spectacular crowd-gather event that is held in Jembrana Regency and this year it will be held on 28 July 2013 at Mertasari Circuit Jembrana. This ancient competitive race takes place on a race track about 800 meters long. The races are usually held from July to October with one race each month.
The Makepung starts in the morning and by mid-day it’s all over. Early in the morning, 100 water buffaloes decorated with colorful silk flags, ribbons and jangling bells are led into the race track by their owners. Hundreds of spectators are already gathered, mostly men and boys. The owners parade their buffaloes on the race track before the crowd of spectators. This prelude may take an hour or so. After the parade session is over, the buffaloes are striped off from their ornaments and a pair of buffaloes is teamed with a brightly clad jockey. The paired buffaloes are yoked to a rickety, gaily decorated two-wheel chariot. Two pairs of water buffaloes or more compete in each race. To gain speed, the jockeys twist the bull’s tail and lash their backs with whips. These heavy, awkward looking, clumsy and meek animals transform into galloping juggernauts, capable of tremendous speed (60 kph). Entrants are judged not only for speed but also awarded point for strength, color, and style. The winning bulls are used for stud and fetch up to twice market value when sold.