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An End to Festivities

Inaugural Gianyar Youth Festival 2017 Suddenly Closed and Cancelled by Police on June 17, 2017


Bali News: Gianyar, Bali, Gianyar Youth Fest, Bali Reclamation, Wahyu Utarama Parsua
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(6/18/2017)

Police in Gianyar, Bali closed down the Gianyar Youth Festival on Saturday morning, June 17, 2017.

Scheduled to be a three-day event, the Youth Festival opened on Friday, June 16th on the Astina Field in Gianyar before being forcibly closed down the next morning by police.

Metrobali.com reports police ordered the dismantling of food booths and consumer goods stands together with a large performance stage set up for the event.

The organizers of the event issued a written statement on Social Media apologizing to the public for the sudden cancellation of the inaugural Gianyar Youth Fest 2017 on the second day of the three-day event. The reason given by the organizers was the revocation of their permit by the government due to concerns over safety and public order. Assurances were issued that all tickets purchased to attend musical performances would be refunded in full to the public.

The chairman of the Gianyar Youth Festival, Wahyu Utarama Parsua, refused to comment publicly on the cancellation of the event or to estimate the amount of losses caused by the revocation of their permit.

The reason for the cancellation of the event by police remains unclear, with some elements on Social Media seeing the sudden revocation of the permit as linked with a desire to stifle the continuing opposition to the Anti-reclamation movement in Bali.

The Gianyar Youth Fest 2017 did not employ an event organizer to prepare for the festival.


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