The Jakarta Post
Young men in traditional Balinese costume take part in a ceremony during an art and culture festival in June. (Shutterstock/Tropical Studio)
The Denpasar Festival held in Bali’s provincial capital is set to return for the ninth time from Dec. 28 to 31.
“The idea to hold the Denpasar Festival originates from the will to remember the past atmosphere of Jl. Gajah Mada as the center of Denpasar residents' creative activities,” said Denpasar Mayor IB Dharmawijaya Mantra, as quoted by tempo.co.
Under the theme “Padmaksara”, the event will be centered in Puputan Badung Square and will host various kinds of performances as well as an art installation dubbed “Ebullience”, which is displayed as a form of joy in welcoming the new year.
In addition to the Denpasar Festival, Bali is slated to host other year-end events like the Panglipuran and Pandawa festivals, which aim to boost tourism and visitor numbers on the island.
Bali reportedly contributes up to 40 percent of the country’s foreign tourist arrivals. Up to 4 million of a total 10.4 million foreign travelers who arrived in Indonesia last year entered through the province. This year, the island aims to attract at least 4.8 million tourists. (mas/kes)
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