The opening ceremony of the arts festival was marked with the performance of Purusadha Santa oratory by the students of Denpasar Indonesia Art Institute (ISI) at Ardha Candra open stage.

Before opening the festival, President Yudhoyono and the first lady watched a carnival float and art performance of 18 contingents to enliven the carnival.

The Bali Art Festival, displaying both local and international artists, is an annual event organized by the Bali provincial administration.

Last year, the Bali Art Festival was entitled "Desa Kala Patra: Self Adaptation into Multicultural Concepts," during a month-long performance of dance, music, poetry, and handicraft exhibitions.

The Bali Arts Festival will include a cultural parade, stage performances, competitions, meetings and seminars, and handicraft exhibitions of small industries.

The Bali Arts Festival exhibits a full month program of cultural presentations and seminars by Balinese performers, joining with art groups from throughout Indonesia and abroad.

Each year the Bali Arts Festival introduces the classical dances of the island, such as the legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris, mask dances and others.