Bali Arts Festival inaugural parade.
Bali Arts Festival inaugural parade. (IMG: Disbud Bali)

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali Governor Wayan Koster has decided to cancel the 42nd Bali Arts Festival (PKB), which was planned to be held on June 13 – July 11, 2020. This decision was taken after receiving recommendation from Regents and Mayor in Bali, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Bali.

As mentioned in the Bali Governor’s letter No. 430/3287/Secretariat/DISBUD, dated 31 March 2020, first, this decision was taken considering the advisory of the Indonesian President Joko Widodo that the government and regional governments to focus on preventing and handling COVID-19.

The current condition of the COVID-19 epidemic encourages all countries including Indonesia to make serious efforts in tackling the spread of COVID-19 by taking various policies including social and physical distancing for an undetermined deadline.

The next consideration is that there’s no certainty of when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, this will make this year’s PKB psychologically less conducive to the society.

This situation will have an impact on the festival’s preparation.

Wayan Koster asked the community to understand the decision taken. He assures, that in 2021, the Bali Arts Festival will be held livelier than before.

Bali Arts Festival or PKB is an annual and the biggest arts festival on the island.

First held in 1979, PKB celebrates, preserves and develops Balinese art and culture, and has become Indonesia’s longest-running arts festival.

The month-long event begins with an inaugural cultural parade and continues in its main venue at Bali Arts Center, Denpasar, where traditional Balinese artists perform daily.

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The festival also features competitions, seminars, and exhibitions of art, handicrafts and authentic Balinese cuisine. Artists from other parts of Indonesia and other countries also perform at the Bali Arts Festival.

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