The Bali Arts Festival brings the island’s cultural scene to life for a whole month of daily exhibitions, performances and an array of art-related activities.
The festival is held to celebrate arts in Bali, as well as bring together art lovers from across the country and beyond.
Bali Arts Festival 2023 Dates, Denpasar Locations & Performances
The festival usually starts on the second Saturday of June and finishes in July. During this time, visitors to Bali can get a look at some of the best artwork at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar.
Many towns will be decorated with traditional bamboo and coconut decorations to celebrate this festival and many outdoor stages and pavilions are erected so that the vast array of talent can be viewed all over Bali island. On these stages, you will be treated to dances, puppetry and musical performances.
The festival usually kicks off with a parade in Denpasar followed by traditional music, and then painting, sculpture, photography exhibitions open up to the public. There are also handicraft exhibitions and food stalls serving Balinese cuisine. The festival ends with a ceremony featuring a traditional ballet dance known as ‘sendratari’, which is typically held at the Ardha Candra stage.