The endless metaphysical battle between good and evil is symbolically re-enacted time and time again by two weird characters, Barong and Rangda, who by their very perfomances, reinforce the magic power of the village and restore the balance between good and evil. Read more » Barong and Rangda
In Bali, no temple festival or ceremony is complete without entertainment for the gods, attending guests, and the local people. Temple anniversaries are occasions for all night drama and dance perfomance, with different types of entertainment each concecutive night, sometimes lasting until morning. Read more » Music and Dance
The Sanghyang is a divine force that enters the body of the entranced dancer. The Sanghyang song beseeches the spirit to descend from the heavens.
In Sanghyang Dedari (the dance of the angels), tiny girls who have never danced before are able to give accomplished perfomances of the Legong, whilst in Sanghyang Jaran (the horse dance), the man prance, snort, and canter unflinchingly over red hot coals. Read more » Sanghyang
Kites have become a part of the Balinese people’s traditional way of life. It as a hobby and also a sports activity which involves many people regardless of age, status, or gender. More than that, it has religious significance dedicated to the God “Rare Angon”, who must be appeased as the crops protector against disease and pestilence. Read more » Kite Festival
Under the initiative of the Governor of Bali, since 1978, the annual Bali Art Festival takes place from the middle of June – July, lasting one month. The main aim of the Festival is for preserving the art and culture of Bali. Read more » Bali Art Festival
Perhaps the most exquisite of Balinese dances is the classical Legong, a dance traditionally perfomed as entertainment for the King. Young girls wrapped from head to ankle in hand-painted gold mirrored headdresses topped with trembling frangipani flowers, glide and sway in a pantomime of delicate movements, which portray the ancient story of King Lasem and his unsuccessful love suit. Read more » Legong Keraton
The Wayang show normally consists of small 4-pieces orchestra, which provides the musical accompaniment around 60 puppets carved out of flat pieces of water buffalo hide and the Dalang, or puppet master. Read more » Wayang Kulit