Bali with a Dress Code

Governor to Require Balinese Dress and Use of Balinese Script as ‘First Language’ on Main Stage for Conferences, Meetings and Exhibitions in Bali reports that Bali Governor Wayan Koster has announced plans to require the use of Balinese script and the wearing of Balinese traditional dress at all future national and international conference held on the Island. The plans for Balinese-scripted signs and a dress code for international and national conferences are contained in Circular Announcement Number 3172 for the year 2019 that was signed by Koster on April 5, 2019.

The Governor’s circular memo was sent to all Ministerial Departments, non-government agencies, the consulates of friendly nations, institutions, private corporations and event organizers.

In issuing the instructions, the Provincial Administration acknowledged Bali’s established popularity as a venue for international and national meetings and conferences.

The Government estimates that in 2015 some 340,000 people came to Bali to participate in meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) – increasing 44.6% from the previous year. In 2018, Bali also hosted a number of prestigious international conferences, including the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and The World Bank that attracted 34,000 participants from around the globe.

The Governor’s circular memo announced the requirement that Balinese traditional dress be worn in hosting international and national conference held in Bali. In addition, Koster is requiring that Balinese script be used on stage backdrops used at the main venue. The Balinese script must be positioned above the Latin script place on the main stage.

Koster explained that the members of the organizing committee must wear Balinese traditional dress while other participants should also wear Balinese traditional dress or native costumes from their respective home regions. The dress requirement is limited in its application to the opening ceremony with the Governor saying he would appreciate if Balinese dress continued to be used for the entirety of the subject conference.

Under the new rules, exceptions will be granted for religious rituals such as weddings, with all invited to dress in a manner that conforms to their respective religious tradition.

The Governor said he hoped the new dress code for conferences will help underline the uniqueness of Bali as a MICE destination.

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