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Balispirit Festival 2009 Celebrates Unity in Diversity - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Started in 2008, The annual Balispirit Festival was conceived through a creative collaboration between three co-founders, each one bringing a unique perspective to the formation of the festival which was set up in March 2008.
By: Michelle Cempaka - Balispirit.com
The Balispirit Festival was conceived through a creative collaboration between three co-founders, each one bringing a unique perspective to the formation of the festival which was set up in March 2008. Meghan Pappenheim and I. Kadek Gunartha, two of the co-founders and also husband and wife, had a strong desire to create a festival that promotes the creative teamwork of people from all over the world, who have the opportunity to come together with master artists on the island of Bali.
Robert Weber, the third co-founder of the festival brings his expertise and love of music to this year’s festival. He is creating a platform for conscious performers to gather and share their unique forms of music with a new audience from Bali and South East Asia. A producer and musician, Robert has a deep understanding about how music can have a profound and lasting effect on many people’s lives.
All three co-founders strongly believe that creative collaborations have a big impact on outreach for youth. This is clearly evident through the formation of the Bhinneka Initiative. The dream of the founders has been to inspire positive change in our Indonesian youth through introducing yoga principles that enhance daily life and creative collaborations in dance and music. The Festival also seeks to create an environmentally conscious event – one which will inspire on-going responsibility to the environment through Festival activities especially on ‘Hari Cinta Keluarga’
Yoga Series is an essential part of the Balispirit festival. Diverse yoga masters from all over the world will be featured, such as internationally renowned Yogis like Eoin Finn – a yogi, surfer and ‘Blissologist’
The Living Masters Series will be an exciting facet of this year’s festival. There will be a strong focus on masters from the Indonesian archipelago who are devoted to the enrichment and strengthening of people’s understanding of a variety of regional creative forms of expression. For example, barong and jaipong dances, Javanese shadow puppetry, Jamu healing, Islamic spiritual singing and more.
Some of the masters who will be featured are: I Wayan Dibia, Ibu Ni Ketut Arini and Slamet Gundono. Ibu Ni Ketut is one of Bali’s most revered teachers and performers and an expert in classical and modern Balinese dance. Slamet Gundonon is a multi-disciplinary artist who draws on the long traditions of Javanese and Indonesian culture to reinvent and innovate within the field of interactive shadow puppetry. His work investigates social issues such as gender, exploitation, religious orthodoxy and damage to the environment, using local idioms and simple means to demonstrate that traditional cultural forms can be powerful vehicles for contemporary expression.
Dance & Music Series will feature a fantastic line-up of local and foreign entertainers from around the world including: Sibo Bangoura (Guinea). He was born into a Griot (musician) family in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, and has played music since he was a young boy. Sibo has become a well renowned and respected African musician in Sydney and around Australia; Saharadja (Bali) was created in Bali, Indonesia in 2002 by Javanese Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Rio Sidik, and his wife, Australian-born classical violinist Sally Jo, as a way for them to play together and share their different approaches to music; There will be many other great performers featured like Rocky Dawuni (Ghana), Tom Fruend (USA), and more.
The Tomorrow Series will showcase several talented performers on the rise with a focus on the South East Asian region. During ‘Festival Nights’, performances will feature different genres of music, ranging from indie and folk to traditional and jazz fusion. Some of the headliners will include: Cynthia Alexander (Philippines)
The crowning event of the 2009 Festival will be Hari Cinta Keluarga – a day especially devoted to the family and the important role they play in our lives. This inspiring day is free and is open to all.
For more information about the Balispirit Festival, please visit: www.balispiritfestival.com
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