Jazz pianist and one of the initiators of Festival Tepi Sawah, Nina Aartsen, will perform during its first edition in Ubud on June 3-4. (Photo courtesy of Festival Tepi Sawah Facebook Page)

Ubud to Celebrate Performing Arts in Festival Tepi Sawah

BY :TABITA DIELA

MAY 10, 2017

Jakarta. Ubud, a town in the uplands of Bali, on June 3-4 will celebrate music, dance and theater in Festival Tepi Sawah.

Set at Omah Apik, the festival is expected to see various art communities engaged in performing arts and workshops on the environment.

"Giving an opportunity to all creative people to showcase their works is our goal," sound engineer who co-organizes the festival, Anom Darsana, said in a statement on Wednesday (10/05).

Along with jazz pianist Nita Aartsen and architect Etha Widiyanto, Anom seeks to raise environmental awareness through art. To achieve the goal, the organizers cooperate with Clean Bali Series, a non-profit organization established in 2006, which focuses on the environment-related educational activities.

According to Anom, Festival Tepi Sawah, which translates as "the festival by rice fields," is inspired by the agrarian life of Bali.

Among performers, the festival's audience will see Tompi, Dewa Alit, Bona Alit, Sugandi, Ivan Nestorman, Kecak Kobagi, Jasmine Okubo, Tebo Aumbara, Doddy Sambodo, Nita Aartsen, Gusti Brahmanta and Fascinating Rhythm Community.

Festival Tepi Sawah, which is going to become an annual event, has received a warm welcome from Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

"Indonesia is a country of many interesting festivals. In one year, we have prepared more than 100 festivals across the archipelago to attract millions of foreign and local tourists," Arief said.

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