The coastal village of Sanur is preparing to host two festivals this weekend celebrating yoga, music, and Bali culture. Sanur is celebrating the return of the Sanur Village Festival and Unique Bali Festival both of which are returning after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Speaking on behalf of the Unique Bali Festival at a press event on 28th June, the Committee Chair, Francisca Nunung Dwi Kentarsih, said “Participants are free to choose which yoga class you want to participate in, tickets can be ordered on the Unique Bali Festival social media or on the spot during the event’.
Unique Bali Festival will be hosted by the Grand Inna Beach Resort from 2-3rd July. The festival will include 20 different yoga classes, music events, and a market with small businesses from across Bali.
Yoga classes and inspired events include a flowing asana session, a beachside meditation, as well as a Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) session. The schedule also features live acoustic music sets from local artists and DJ sets. The highlight of the music program is a set from much loved Bali artist Joni Agung & Double T.
Kentarsih shared how the organizers have had positive feedback about the planned events. She added that ticket holders are most looking forward to the SUP yoga sessions since if you lose your balance during a pose you will fall into the water.
The festival has currently sold 210 of 300 tickets for what is set to be a fun and intimate festival in stunning Sanur. All classes and sessions are included in the ticket price and organizers have done their best to ensure that sessions don’t clash.
From the 1-3rd July Sanur is welcoming back the Sanur Village Festival. The main festival will be held in August 2022, but organizers have created a warm-up event for the first weekend in July called “Surya Sewana Road to Sanfest”. The event will be hosted by the Open Gardens of Griya Santrian Resort in Sanur.
The biggest event of the weekend will be a mass yoga session that will be held on the shoreline of Griya Santrian Resort Beach on 3rd July. The morning yoga session will feature sun salutations, prayer chants, mantras and traditional Balinese offerings to welcome the morning sun.
Organizers are expecting 500 people to attend, participants will then be invited to explore the Sunday Market Sewana Surya also hosted by Griya Santrian Resort.
Throughout the weekend visitors can explore traditional Balinese food stalls, a market garden farms stalls, as well as entertainment for kids and families. There will be exhibitions from local artists, a fashion show, and panel discussions from community leaders.
Tickets for the Sanur Village Festival are available online and start at IDR 35,000 (USD 2). A three-day pass is IDR. 100,000 (USD 6). The organizers of the Sanur Village Festival are the same team who are hosting the Sanur Motor Show on Mertasari Beach from 8-10th July. They are also the team behind the Night Light Fun Run on 6th August 2022.
The return of Bali’s famous festivals is much to be celebrated. This month saw the return of the world-famous Bali Arts Festival which runs from 12th June to 10th July. The Bali Arts Festival had been canceled for two years due to the pandemic, but the organizers were able to run a full program of events this year.
The festival opened with a parade from Bajra Sandhi Monument in Denpasar, featuring dancers and performing artists from across Bali.
Bali’s events sector has been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Cultural events and big international conferences are a focal point for Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism which is working to diversify the tourism economy and welcome new demographics to Bali, as well as improve experiences for traditional holidaymakers and experiential travelers.
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