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June 4, 2008

Bali annual art fest to draw participants from 12 countries

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to officially kick off the 30th Bali Cultural Fiesta (PKB) on June 14, 2008.

"The head of state to be accompanied by a number of ministers will watch cultural attractions involving thousands of artists from Bali as well as other regions," national news agency Antara quoted Made Adi Djaya, head of the festival organising committee as saying Tuesday.

The committee invited 12 foreign ambassadors to the inaugural ceremony of the annual cultural fiesta.

"The 12 foreign ambassadors get special invitation because their countries will participate in the annual arts event on the Island of Gods (Bali)," Adi Djaya said.

The invited ambassadors will include those from the United States of America, Japan, Singapore, India, South Korea, Thailand, Britain, and Malaysia.

During his stay in Bali, Yudhoyono will also open the first Bali Cultural Congress and watch a colossal classical dance-drama created by the Denpasar-based Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI).

The cultural fiesta, held under the theme, is "Self-Control Towards Balance and Harmony, will involve arts troupes from nine districts and one city of Bali, five arts groups from other provinces, and several arts groups from the 12 invited countries.

Last year, the 29th Bali Cultural Fiesta was participated in by arts groups from Japan, China, Korea, India, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, and China.

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