Bali hosted the implementation of Word Ethnic Music Festival 2013. This art event was participated by 10 countries, namely the USA, China, Russia, India, Japan, Africa, Iran, South Korea, Australia and Indonesia. The activity having relation to the implementation of the World Culture Forum in Bali was held over two days (Nov 25-26) at the Denpasar Art Center. All participants from various countries made optimal performance in the international activity entitled “We are one in harmony.” Each group involved 8 to 10 personnel. They presented a distinctive ethnic art of their own country.
Biznet Bali International Triathlon (BBIT) will be held on June 23, 2013. Aside from becoming the sport and arts activities, this international event will also become a medium for promoting tourism of Bali and Indonesia. It was stated by the Regent of Badung AA Gde Agung, while receiving John M. Daniels, President Director of Bali Discovery Tours and the committee on Friday (Apr 19).
Regent Gde Agung said that all circles of the world knew that BBIT was a spectacular event. It was a promotional activity that could touch directly the European market segment. “The BBIT offering the nuance of the art and culture will become a positive impact on tourism in the Badung County in particular,” he said.
Hence, this number one man in Badung hoped that the committee could properly prepare the implementation. He also suggested to involve the team of Begin with a Smile (ADS) of Bali Police as well as to build an opinion that Bali local police were very welcome and friendly to tourists.
Bali will host the international conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Such an event will be attended by 10,000 participants from various countries and held in Nusa Dua, Badung next December 2013. Regent of Badung AA Gde Agung gives serious attention because successful implementation of the international events including the WTO could keep the ideals and image of the nation.
“Badung is ready to host the national, regional and international events,” said Regent Gde Agung when received the audience of the Secretary of the Director General of International Trade Cooperation of Trade Ministry, Syafrudin Yahya, along with a number of staff of the Ministry of Trade related to the WTO Conference, some time ago.
PINNACLE of the Ida Bhatara Turun Kabeh ritual or Ngusaba Kedasa in Penataran Agung Temple of Besakih took place last Tuesday (Mar 26). Ten high priests simultaneously officiated over the ritual. Hindu devotees still get a chance to say prayers during the ritual, in which the deities are still abiding in grand congregation for 21 days and their sanctified effigies will be escorted to go back to their respective abode on Tuesday afternoon (Apr 16).
Villagers of Panji, Sukasada subdistrict thronged the local village public square on Wednesday (Mar 13). Children and adults flocked to see the staging of the goak-goakan games to celebrate the Ngembak Geni (the day after Nyepi). Staging of the game composed at the time of the king of Buleleng, Anglurah Panji Sakti, is regularly organized every Ngembak Geni. It is played by youth groups and village children accompanied with bleganjur gamelan music. Meanwhile, location of the staging was in the field deliberately drained with irrigation water flowing from the upstream of local village.
Tradition of the goak-goakan game on last Wednesday was begun around 4:00 p.m. lasted until dusk. A group was composed of 25 players mostly consisting of man. Meanwhile, a woman player was taken from the audience. This woman player was targeted by the players playing the role as goak. The woman player was protected by dozens of other players. The game ended when the goak player could capture the woman. The players had to get wet and even their bodies should be filled with mud. Since the game was slightly hard, many players suffered from abrasions as falling down while running amidst the field.
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