Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Northern Bali to hold folk festival

Indonesia's Culture and Tourism Ministry will kick off the three-day Buleleng Folk Art Festival (PKRB) in the Bali town of Singaraja on Thursday in an effort to promote tourism in less-developed northern Bali.

“PKRB is a folk festival which will feature various traditional art performances as well as concerts featuring music of the young generation and 1970s music,” the ministry's director for domestic tourism promotion, M. Faried, said Tuesday.

He said the festival was expected to be held annually as part of an attempt to attract more visitors to northern Bali, with tourism activities so far concentrated in the south.

“Buleleng regency has a lot of potential tourist attractions. Besides, an international airport is planned to be built there,” Faried said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said among the potential was the well-preserved culture and traditions of the locals, as well as the beautiful valley and mountain panoramas and Bali’s northern beaches.

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