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Local Bali Artists Come Together To Create Island’s First Street Art Festival

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The events calendar in Bali in 2023 is getting bigger and better than ever before. From world-class musical artists to internationally renowned yoga festivals, there is so much happening on the island this year.

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The art community in Bali is excited to announce the arrival of the first-ever street art festival on the island.

The event will start on 1st May 2023, and events will continue throughout the month, with the street art festival formally coming to a close on the 31st of May. The event has been founded and created by a group of local Balinese artists.

The founders have told the media, “Our festival is built on a shared love of street art and a desire to create a dialogue between the public and artists. We believe that art is a powerful medium for cultural exchange, personal expression, and artistic exploration.”

The festival is called the Tangi Street Art Festival; the organizers share that they are aiming to integrate art into the urban landscapes of Bali by creating outdoor murals and community events during the festival month.

Organizers continued, “Our murals are a reflection of the artist’s ideas and energy, expressing the need to socialize with the public space and the importance of creating and sharing art.”

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Founders of the Tangi Street Art Festival in Bali say that they want these ‘artistic interventions’ to encourage a dialogue between artists and the public, in turn creating a platform for different cultural perspectives, personal opinions, and artistic views to be safely and freely expressed.

The artist lineup showcases some of Indonesia’s finest and most highly regarded creative talent.

Headline artists include Zolalongor, Uncle Joy, Dwymabim, and Ijal Mariachi.

The theme of the first Tangi Street Art Festival is ‘Paras Paros’, which is a term taken from the Balinese language that translates to mean ‘the spirit of togetherness’.

The festival founders say that “street art is a form of public art, and it has the power to bring people together, promote dialogue and create a sense of community”.

Street art is inherently linked to the spirit of togetherness, and oftentimes murals are created as part of artistic collaborations.

Murals can be a way to express community values or tell the story of a particular area. The founders of Tangi Street Art Festival believe that “street art can be a powerful tool for social change and community building.”

The final festival schedule is still being kept tightly under wraps, with teaser content being shared on the festive’s social media pages.

The majority of the events will be held in and around Denpasar. The public will be able to go and watch the murals being created, and there will be time to be introduced to the headline artists too.

Although this is the first year Tangi Street Art Festival is being run in Bali, it has huge potential. The founding team has secured some major local sponsors and media partners.

We can expect that not only will the first year be a resounding success but also the first of many street art festivals to be hosted on the island in the years to come.

Across Bali, there is a concerted effort to promote the island as a world-class destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and events like festivals, live music, and sports competitions, with a special focus on establishing events that will attract an international crowd.

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Big events coming up in the next month include Bali Spirit Festival, which will be hosted at The Yoga Barn and Puri Padi Hotel from the 4th-7th May.

The event is one of the most highly regarded yoga and wellness festivals in the world, attracting healing practitioners, yoga teachers, musicians, and artists from across the globe.

In July, Ubud will be welcoming the return of the Ubud Village Jazz Festival, another world-class event that is a highlight on the island’s cultural calendar.

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