Bali Event July 2018

July 3, 2018 by Abia Villas


The Bali Arts Festival has already kicked off with an opening parade in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar and was officially launched by The President of Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo. Most of the events will take place at the Ardha Chandra stage of the Bali Arts Centre, witness a series of stage performances by the Indonesia Arts Institute (ISI) of Denpasar. On the following days, the various stages and different venues come to life with the wide and colourful variety of performances from different art groups from all over the island and Indonesia.

The month-long festival offers you the best showcase of Balinese and Indonesian arts and culture in the entire year! Enjoy traditional music and gamelan recitals at the Ayodya and Angsoka stages. Witness evening Balinese documentary film screenings at the Ksirarnawa auditorium.

The main venue: The Denpasar Arts Centre (Taman Werdhi Budaya), Jalan Nusa Indah, Denpasar.
Date: 23 Juni – 21 July 2018



The Bali Kite Festival is slated for its 39th year. It provides a sight of gigantic traditional kites built with contemporary designs. The festival usually takes place around the start of the windy season.

The Bali Kites Festival is a kiting event that takes place annually, between July and August (sometimes through October). It kicks off notably at the start of the windy season in Bali. The main festival takes place along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur. This is usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favourable weather. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites. Oftentimes, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes. The kite festival in Bali started off as a seasonal agrarian festival. It was held to thank the heavens for abundant crops and harvests. The festivals then became a competitive ground for communal ‘banjar’ youth groups, who send their ‘sekaa layangan’ kite teams to participate and win prize money. A competition is also usually held for ‘new creation’ kites. These may include detailed three-dimensional figures and unusual designs, ranging from Hindu gods, cars and motorbikes, to mascots and brand sponsors. A gamelan orchestra accompanies each troupe. This adds to the joyous spirit of the Bali Kites Festival and the dramatic take-offs.

Some villages in Bali will held this festival and the major one will be at Padang galak Sanur village.



This racing tradition is a large deal in the town of Jembrana, West Bali. It even takes on official championships with a Governor’s Cup or ‘Piala Bupati’ to be won. The festival usually kicks off with various heats around the coastal race tracks of Jembrana in the month of July, leading up to the finals and festivities occurring mid-November. The tradition traces back to the legacies of the Jembrana farmers, and during the festivities various other art forms of the locality are performed as well, such as bull fashion shows and Jegog bamboo orchestras.

Makepung is the name of a major grand prix in Jembrana, West Bali, which features racing buffalo races. Hundreds of pairs of buffaloes are teamed up together with their jockeys. They ride the traditional wooden ploughs that are slightly modified for the competition. The racer buffaloes, or kerbau pepadu, compete in various open race circuits in assorted heats. These series of competitions are held around the district of Melaya. They lead up to the finals, known as the Jembrana Regent’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup.

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