President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) officially inaugurated the 34th Bali Arts Festival (BAF) 2012 on Sunday night (Jun 10). The opening ceremony taking place in the Ardha Candra Amphitheater, Bali Art Center, was marked by the beating of male-female kulkul (wooden split drum) and followed by the performance of an oratory entitled ‘Purusadha Santha.’ Opening of the BAF was also coupled with the declaration of World Hindu Summit 2012.
As implementation in the previous years, the whole series of BAF activities this year was also commenced with an art parade by involving contingents from nine regencies/municipality in Bali as well as several participants from outside Bali and centered in front of the Bajra Sandhi Monument, Renon, Denpasar.
In his speech, the President said that “Paras-Paros: Dynamics in the Togetherness” becoming the major theme of Bali Arts Festival 2012 has a very profound meaning. He said the dynamics and togetherness becoming the keyword could encourage the creation of creative ideas.
This theme could refresh the identity, enhance creativity and maintain ethics and aesthetics in the art cultivation. “This theme also inspires to strengthen the unity, the sense of togetherness and tolerance that are relevant to our joint efforts in building a more civilized order of life. This order of life is based on peace, brotherhood and harmony among social groups and the nations,” he said.
Coinciding with the BAF 2012, the President also welcomed the declaration of the World Hindu Summit 2012 held for first time in Bali. He said the World Hindu Summit could become an intensive communication bridge between Hindu organizations worldwide and Hindu leaders from various parts of the world.
Furthermore, the President also invited the entire community to make the Bali Arts Festival an international cultural icon and a means to promote friendship among the nations and to build solidarity for the realization of a peaceful, just and prosperous world. “From the Island of the Gods, Indonesia invites and calls upon all the nations in the world to return to peaceful means in resolving any conflicts. Establishing an essential peace is not only opportunity, but also a choice that should be implemented together,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 34th BAF taking place until next July 9 was formulated in the form of parade, performance, competition, exhibition and workshop by involving various kinds of art. All activities involved 334 art troupes from regencies and municipality in Bali with the support of more than 15,000 artists. Besides, it was also enlivened by 24 participants from six regions outside Bali and overseas. Hopefully, the presence of the art troupes from outside the region and overseas would be able to add and foster friendship among the regions and nations. (BTN/kmb)
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