Pesta Kesenian Bali (Bali Arts Festival) will occur from June 15 – July 13 in Denpasar

By Catur, 2024.05.28

Bali Arts Festival, locally known as Pesta Kesenian Bali, is the annual arts festival in Bali and also the longest arts festival in Indonesia. Pesta Kesenian Bali (PKB) usually runs for a month, from mid-June to mid-July, with daily performances from Balinese, Indonesian, and international artists. During the celebration of the Balinese culture, you can also find traditional food vendors around the venue and different cultural exhibitions. The opening of Pesta Kesenian Bali is usually marked by the inaugural parade at Bajra Sandhi Monument before heading to the main venue of the festival, Taman Werdhi Budaya Art Center.

History of The Bali Arts Festival

The actor of the performance at Bali Arts Festival

The first festival was initiated in 1979 by the late Ida Bagus Mantra during his tenure as Bali Governor to preserve and promote traditional Balinese art and culture. The first Bali Arts Festival ran for two months and attempted to display and show the classical Balinese art that was almost extinct and unknown to many Balinese then.

This month-long event aims to inspire people to discover and explore the importance of art in the Balinese community. Since its inception, the opening ceremony has been attended by presidents, ministers, or other high-ranking state officials. President Joko Widodo will attend this year’s opening ceremony.

Pesta Kesenian Bali Theme

A group of women in traditional clothes are dancing at Pesta Kesenian Bali

Every year, this cultural arts festival brings a different theme, and this year, it is called “Jana Kerthi Paramaguna Wikrama, Harkat Martabat Manusia Unggul”, which roughly translates into The Dignity of Human Beings.

The Curator Team, Drs. I Gede Nala Antara said,

“Every story in every performance has to refer to the theme,”

as it is not merely a symbolic motto. He added the theme is aimed at giving the younger generations a concrete example of being an outstanding human being.

The Activities at Pesta Kesenian Bali This Year

A man in a crowd of men is playing the snifter at Pesta Kesenian Bali

For this year’s festival, there will be participation from 13.561 artists and 285 art institutions from many districts across the island. Not only within Bali province, but Pesta Kesenian Bali will also have artistic performances from the USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Malaysia, China, India, and Taipei.

This year’s planners of the Bali Arts Festival have eight main activities that will be featured during the event:

While for the cultural events during Pekan Kesenian Bali, there are two main activities:

Other Details About The 2024 Bali Arts Festival

💸 Entry Fee: Free

📍Venue: Taman Werdhi Budaya Art Center

🌎 Website: The XLVI Bali Arts Festival

📅 Date: June 15 – July 13

Tips to Attend Pesta Kesenian Bali

Three beautiful Indonesian women are dancing on a stage at Pesta Kesenian Bali

There are a few tips before you go to this festival to ensure you have the best time and enjoy every performance:

The annual Pesta Kesenian Bali is the perfect opportunity to see many authentic Balinese art performances, including traditional dances and musical performances, in one place. This year’s festival is promised to have more variety of activities and performances compared to last year’s, which hopes to attract more visitors.

If you are in Bali during this period, don’t miss this festivity, as it only happens once a year!


The author of the project On Bali

Hi everyone! My name is Catur, and I was born and raised in Central Java. I moved to Bali in 2011 but left the island in 2016 before returning in 2018. Bali feels more than a home to me, and maybe that’s why my name feels like a premonition. Catur means four, both in the Balinese and Javanese languages. It is spoken like ‘c’ in chess, which is also the meaning of my name in Indonesian.

Date of Last Update: May 31, 2024