This year the festivities will include handicraft exhibitions, village dances, live music performances and traditional cookery contests.

Why: Now in its 35th year, the festival aims to be as much about preserving Balinese artists traditions as attracting tourists. In particular, the country’s rich dance heritage is always celebrated, so there will be perfomances of legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris and mask dances.

Do it because: You could learn to throw a few Balinese-style shapes, take inspiration from this year’s Taksu (inner power) theme, or muscle your way into the cultural parade which opens the festival at Niti Mandala Park in Renon on the afternoon of June 15. 

June 15 – July 13

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