45th BAF Opening Parade Before Bajra Sandhi Monument

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A group of women brought along awith of ritual paraphernalia. (photo: Nusaweek)

Before 2:00 pm Sunday (June 18), Puputan Margarana Field, Renon, Denpasar, was already crowded with people who wanted to witness the Opening and Release of Peed Aya (Parade) of the 45th Bali Arts Festival (BAF).

Why are they so enthusiastic? Because on one occasion they were able to witness so many demonstrations or typical art performances of participants from all districts and cities throughout Bali in accordance with the theme of this ‘Bali Arts Festival.

The 45th BAF which carries the theme Segara Kerthi: Prabhaneka Sandhi (Oceanic Creation of Civilization) is interpreted as an effort to glorify the sea as a source of universal prosperity which is the origin of the birth of a civilization. The ocean is a symbol of the breadth of knowledge, the depth of noble values and the estuary where various human creations, tastes and initiatives meet to give birth to a noble culture.

This is then what represents the noble, superior and civilization. The ocean also symbolizes Balinese civilization which is open to various cultures of people from all over the world and combines harmoniously in providing Balinese cultural diversity and strengthening Bali as the Center for World’s Civilization.

Parade opening

The opening and release of the parade was carried out by Mrs. Megawati Sukarnoputri, the fifth President of the Republic of Indonesia. Meanwhile, the ministers who attended the opening and release were Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno and Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimoeljono.

In the Parade, art envoys from each district and city throughout Bali made demonstration in front of the stage of honor. After that, as usual they will parade west on Jalan Raya Puputan and turn right at the traffic light towards the Bali Governor’s Office.

It seemed that the people were very enthusiastic about watching the art parade. To make the parade troupe to pass easier, especially those carrying a wide enough attraction device, several times the security officers from each of the arts envoys had to ask the audience to step back a bit on the right and left road side because they were fighting over a good position in order to take good photos with either cellphone or DSLR cameras.

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