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The BaliSpirit Festival â€“ 9 years of magic! As the BaliSpirit Festival celebrates its ninth year, news of this gathering of world-renowned musicians, yogis and dancers from every continent has spread across the globe. The BaliSpirit Festival has become a magnet for fans, students and followers of every yoga, movement, healing and music calling. Weeks before the Festival, Ubud begins to fill with a colorful, international tribe of conscious travelers, gathering in anticipation of one of the worldâ€™s most inspiring events. The first Festival in 2008 was pulled together in just three monthsâ€”an incredible achievement for the Festivalâ€™s founders, as well as a dream come true: They shared a vision to create a Festival that would both build and support community through the full spectrum of yoga and a rich diversity of world music and dance. In 2008, Baliâ€™s tourism industry had not yet recovered from the devastating social and economic impacts of the 2002 and 2005 bombings.
Building upon their love for the island and creative passion for yoga, dance, and music, the founders pooled their resources to develop an economically and environmentally sustainable annual event that would become a beacon for the burgeoning market of holistic travelers and attract domestic and foreign visitors back to the hills of Ubud. In 2012, the festival attracted 6,000 guests during its five days of festivities, including visitors from 50 countries and 1,000 Balinese and Indonesians. Set in the spectacular grounds of the Purnati Center for the Arts in Batuan, just 10 minutes south of Ubud, the Daytime Workshops and Dharma Fair enjoy an open-air venue unmatched for its inspiring, tropical beauty. Styles of yoga and movement have included Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Laughter, Power, Anusara, Ashtanga, Silat, Capoeira, Poi, Qi Gong, and Juggling. Dance styles draw from Mandala, Javanese, Balinese,n, and West African traditions.
The â€œOne World Stageâ€ evening concerts take place in the heart of Ubud, at the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) outdoor stage, allowing easy access for both visitors and Ubud residents. This unique series of concerts knits together the distinctive traditional and contemporary musics of Bali and greater Indonesia with visiting artists from every world genre and every of the globe. Over the past six years, the BaliSpirit Festival has worked alongside partner organizations in Bali, as well as international yoga teachers and musicians, to raise more than USD $65,000 for the Festivalâ€™s annual Karma (Giving Back) outreach initiatives. Funds have contributed to childrenâ€™s programs, multicultural education & performances, health clinics, HIV & AIDS awareness, and environmental protection.
The BaliSpirit Festival currently operates two outreach programs annually: the HIV And AIDS education program Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV and AIDS and the reforestation initiative, Bali ReGreen The BaliSpirit Festival is indeed a celebrationâ€”of the richness of culture, the sanctity of the environment, and harmony between people of all nations. Celebrate with us, and in doing so, help us to make the world a better place.
The goal of the BaliSpirit Festival is to awaken and nourish each individualâ€™s potential for positive change within, leading to positive change in our homes, in our communities, and around the world.
Through beneficial and inspirational traditions of Yoga, Dance, and Music, the BaliSpirit Festival illustrates the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana: living in harmony with our spiritual, social, and natural environments. Committed, particularly, to nourishing our own home in Bali, the founders of the BaliSpirit Festival pledge to provide financial, logistical, and organizational support to local charities, with a special emphasis on childrenâ€™s programs, multicultural education and performance, healthcare, HIV& AIDS awareness, and environmental conservation in Bali and greater Indonesia.
The BaliSpirit Festival was founded as a premier international and holistic wellness and world music destination event that contributes positively to the ecological health, cultural vibrancy, and overall vitality of Bali and greater Indonesia.