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Kesanga Festival 2024: A Youthful Celebration of Balinese Art

  |   Bali Culture

Mark your calendars for the lively Kesanga Festival taking place from March 1 to 3 at Patung Catur Muka Square in Denpasar. This youth-driven event shines a spotlight on 160 Ogoh-ogoh statues, carefully selected by the Department of Culture from various districts in the city.

Judges critiqued the statues based on originality, relevance, design, and artistic flair, promising a visually captivating Ogoh-ogoh parade. Crafted from papier-mâché, these sculptures, unique to Bali, symbolize evil spirits and human vices, revealed only once a year before the Day of Silence.

The creation of Ogoh-ogoh statues comes at a cost, often reaching thousands of dollars. Local residents contribute funds, and this year, Badung authorities are allocating 11 billion rupiahs to support creative endeavors, emphasizing the use of eco-friendly materials.

While the island-wide competition took a break this year due to elections, the Kesanga Festival still spices things up with a generous prize of 30 million rupiahs for the creators of the top three statues. Parades will be confined to traditional village areas, organized by local administrations to ensure a smooth and orderly experience.

Deputy Mayor I Kadek Agus Arya Vibawa is optimistic that the festival will add a dash of excitement as Bali gears up for Nyepi, the Balinese New Year, on March 11. Keep in mind, Nyepi’s Day of Silence kicks off at 6 am on March 11, imposing restrictions on outdoor activities, noise, loud music, and bright lights until the morning of March 12. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this vibrant cultural celebration at Kesanga Festival 2024!
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