I guess it’s not too late to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope this year will bring you a victorious and glorious life that the Creator of love & life has provided for you. The Island of Bali has tremendously receiving more than it was projected and predicted in terms of number of visitor, this is a blessing for so many people involved in the travel and tourism industry, and this year has been declared as the VISIT MUSEUM YEAR 2010! So for you all art lover, be sure to check out special program from the Bali Tourism Authority which will be interesting!
On this occasion I would like to thank all of Beeamazing.com readers from all the corners of the world, for your kind and amazing support during last year, endless thanks from my grateful heart to you as it will keep me motivated to share all Bali has to offer to its lovers..<3 And speaking of the year of 2009, I have to share with you the best highlights of Bali, and it’s not the hidden beach findings, but 6 TOP EVENTS IN BALI of 2009! YEAH! Buckle up, guys!
1. Bali Arts Festival 13 June – 11 July 2009
Pesta Kesenian Bali or Bali Arts Festival is an annual event not to be missed.This is a full month event of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and other related cultural and commercial activities during which literally the whole of Bali comes to the city to present its offerings of dance, music and beauty (source : http://www.baliartsfestival.com )
2. Bali Triathlon 28 Jun’09
The fourth annual MRA Bali International Triathlon took place on June 28, 2009 at the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay. The International Distance Triathlon features a 1.5 kilometer swim in the calm waters of Jimbaran Bay, a challenging 40k course through the hills and villages of Nusa Dua and the Ungasan peninsula and a flat, fast 10k run through the crowds of the fishing village of Jimbaran Bay.(source : http://www.balitriathlon.com). And Benny participated on the 5K Fun Run, cool!
3. Sanur Festival 12-16 Aug’09
Initiated by community of Sanur through the Sanur Development Foundation, at first Sanur Village Festival was held to revive tourism sector and to attract more tourists to visit this area and the island of Bali.Taking theme “Marine Life” which is in line with the extension of our national program Visit Indonesia Year 2009, this 4th annual event was packed with cultural activities such as traditional performances, parade, music, collaboration show, water sports and food festival (yay!my favorite!) as the main attraction, also not to forget their green program : under water festival with its coral reef plantation (source : www.gotosanur.com). Highlights of the event : Kite Festival and Sucking Pig Festival :p
4. Kuta Karnival 19-27 Sep’09
Initially, this event was established and organized as a response to the terrorist blast that devastated the island of Bali and the international community in October 2002. The event marks Kuta community’s commitment and thus a tagline of “A Celebration of Life” is established for Kuta Karnival. The nine-day-long Kuta Karnival consists of traditional art performances such as the favourite Sunset Dances, sports on the beach as well as in the water for young and old plus rows and rows of culinary displays along the one kilometre of sandy beach (source : http://eventsinbali.weebly.com/kuta-karnival.html)
5. Soundrenaline 15 Nov’09
It’s the biggest music (aka: pop & rock!) festival for me, in Bali, it didn’t come to Bali every year, but their 2009 ‘LEAD THE BEAT’ was a huge success!! And BALI was the only venue for SOUNDRENALINE being held! The first SOUNDRENALINE was held in 2002, each year they have different theme, and touring to different cities in Indonesia, this huge show with multiple stages playing at the same time!!, involves a lot of musicians, big crowd, big stage, big sound system and lighting and many more attractions as the supporting programs such as : Sing a song booth, Mix your music corner, DJ booth, Express yourself booth, photography contest with the festival theme. Each stage featured different artist with different genre of music.And the FOOD? YES! YES! off course! With these variants and flavours to choose you will end up with a dizzy head like me.
My suggestion : if you’re a ‘pop in heart’ , don’t ever think about sneak a peek at the Festival areas where most of rock and punk and those sort of heavy metal music groups play, if you don’t want to be ‘attacked ‘ and ‘crushed’ with thousands of SID (Superman Is Dead) fanatics-Bali most favorite punk group who left the area right after SID performance finished..
6. Denpasar Festival 28-31 Dec’09
Street Festival in Downtown Denpasar to Close the Final Days of 2009, featuring a range of exhibitions and activities to close out the year. Centered at the newly gentrified Jalan Gadjah Mada and Catur Muka monument, the four-day event is open to the public.The streets and public park areas will be transformed for exhibitions, public entertainment, and cultural shows (source : www.balidiscovery.com). Best highlight of the event for me (what else) : The FOOD FESTIVAL, off course!!