The State News Agency Antara reports that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will officially open the 34th Bali Arts Festival (PKB) on June 11, 2012.
This year’s edition of the event will be the largest ever, incorporating the talents of around 15,000 artists from Indonesia and abroad.
The month-long festival that will run until July 7, 2012, includes musical, dramatic and dance performances from artists from across Bali, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, India, Malaysia, United States, Germany and the Netherlands
As in years past, the festival opens with a gigantic afternoon parade past a presidential review stand in downtown Denpasar.
The opening parde will be held on the afternoon of June 11, 2012, at the “Monument of the People’s Struggle” (Bajra Sandhi Monument) in Renon with the sounding of an “okokan” struck by the President and governor Pastika. Later that day, a colossal opening performance will be attended before the President in the 10,000 seat Ardha Chandra Pavillion of the Bali Arts Center.
Performances are held in a variety of venues over the ensuing month, with the main venue being the Bali Arts Center in Denpasar.
According to Bali Daily, the total cost of the month-long festival is put at RP. 4.6 billion (US$505,400), an increase from the Rp. 3.7 billion spent in 2011.
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