The International Conference and Festival on North Bali Culture was opened Thursday at Lovina by the Culture and Tourism Ministry's director for overseas marketing, I Gde Pitana.
The four-day gathering of local and international scholars will discuss the cultural heritage of the region, featuring diverse sessions, from ancient literature to contemporary trends in IT.
Pitana said that since ancient time, the region and its residents had always possessed a fascinating level of cultural openness.
"The people of Buleleng have an ability to absorb foreign influences into their own culture. This cultural openness has given birth to a rich and varied cultural heritage," he said.
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