5 countries including China to participate in ethnic music festival in Bali

Five countries have confirmed participation in the ethnic musical festival for Southeast Asia (ASEAN) region during the 30th Bali Arts Festival in June-July, Indonesian Antara News Agency reported on Sunday.

The five countries are Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and host Indonesia, I Made Santha, head of the cultural section of the Bali culture and tourism office said on Sunday.

The schedule has been made for the musical performance during the Bali Arts Festival, he said, Indonesia would perform ethnic music from Java and Bali.

It was also reported that an international puppet festival will be held during the festival, and New Zealand, the United States, Japan, Britain and host Indonesia had confirmed their participation in the puppet festival.

Indonesia launched "Visit Indonesia 2008" campaign to promote tourism industry. Bali as the most famous tourist destination will hold some big events in 2008 to attract more international tourists.  

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