Bali's vibrant music and dance scene is set to reach a new level 2023 with a range of exciting upcoming festivals and. Amongst these are some of the world's most renowned events such as the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and the BaliSpirit Festival. These events offer an incredible opportunity for local and international visitors to explore Balinese culture through expressive art forms such as music, dance, theatre and more.
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival offers an eclectic program of workshops, readings and panel discussions with international authors, poets and storytellers along with live music performances. It provides a platform for different cultures to come together and exchange ideas on literature and the arts. Meanwhile, the BaliSpirit Festival is one of Asia’s premier yoga, movement and music events that celebrates Balinese culture through workshops, classes, concerts, ceremonies, rituals and more. Featuring world-class musicians from around the globe plus traditional Balinese dancers, gamelan performers and other artists from across Indonesia—it is truly an unforgettable experience for anyone who attends.
2023 will also mark two special anniversaries: 25 years since the opening of Gedung Sari Pekandelan Ubud (GSPU)—the cultural centre offering traditional Balinese dance classes—and 50 years since Sanur had its first performance of Kecak Dance—a Balinese chanting dance popularised in Europe by German composer Walter Spies in 1930s. To commemorate these milestones there will be special performances at both venues throughout 2023 that promise to be awe-inspiring experiences for all who attend.
It is clear that 2023 will be a great year for exploring Bali’s rich musical heritage through its many festivals and performances. With something to suit all tastes—from classical concerts to modern electronic acts—there really is something here for everyone to enjoy!