Penglipuran Festival 2023: Bamboo Paradise at Village Festival X

Take a stroll down the serene lanes of Penglipuran Village, captured here in its tranquil glory. As the site of the Penglipuran Festival 2023, this village exudes a timeless charm, with its traditional Balinese architecture and the lush greenery that frames the cobblestone path leading you towards a cultural journey. The alignment of the homes, each with their own intricately carved gateways and thatched roofs, speaks to the community's harmonious approach to living. The sky above, a canvas of soft blues and the promise of adventure, invites you to partake in the vibrant festivities and sustainable practices celebrated during the 'Village Festival X'—a true reflection of Bali's commitment to cultural heritage and environmental consciousness

Heyo, the Penglipuran Village Festival 2023 is back, bringing joy to the end of 2023. Before we dive into the main discussion, let’s first introduce Penglipuran Village, located in the heart of Bali, specifically in Bangli Regency, approximately 54 kilometers from Kuta. This village is renowned for preserving strong traditional customs and cultures, and it’s all set to showcase its unique heritage and environmental consciousness at the Penglipuran Village Festival 2023. You can easily reach this enchanting location. Kura-Kura Bus

Notably, it has been selected as one of the 54 UNWTO Best Tourism Villages in 2023.

A long, straight pathway lined with traditional Balinese houses in Penglipuran Village, Bali. The well-preserved village showcases symmetrical thatched-roof homes on either side of a cobblestone street, with lush green plants and a clear blue sky overhead

Now, back to the main topic of this article. Similar to the previous year, Penglipuran Village Festival 2023 – Penglipuran Village will host the upcoming Festival X, promising an equally captivating experience. This year’s theme is “BAMBOO PARADISE” & “GREEN INVESTMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATION,” aligning with the village’s reputation as one of the cleanest in the world. It sets an example for the public.

A group of Balinese people in traditional attire walking through a Penglipuran village. A man in the foreground wears a patterned sarong and headpiece, with a woman beside him carrying a woven basket. The architecture features Balinese temple structures with tropical plants surrounding the stone pathway. - Penglipuran Festival 2023
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What activities are planned for the upcoming festival?

The forthcoming Penglipuran Village Festival 2023 isn’t just a celebration; it’s an opportunity for businesses to unite, collaborate, and contribute to the success of Penglipuran Village Festival X 2023, set for December 7th to 9th. The official Instagram post @penglipuranfest on November 20th highlighted the simultaneous warm welcome expected from the local community and SMEs for this initiative. Additionally, its well-regarded reputation will elevate the image of Bali, specifically Penglipuran Village, for a broader international audience.

The statement from the organizers of Penglipuranfest this year gives the feeling of being in a bamboo forest, perfectly matching the theme. Regarding the upcoming events and competitions is more or less similar to the Penglipuran Village Festival IX in 2022. However, for this year, there will be a reduction in the number of events due to the festival lasting only 3 days, compared to last year’s week-long celebration. Nevertheless, this will not diminish the beauty of this sacred event.

Anticipating ‘Village Festival X’ in Penglipuran Village Festival 2023, let’s explore the thrilling events of this three-day extravaganza. The festival’s theme, “Bamboo Paradise” sets the stage for a unique blend of tradition and sustainability. Join us as we explore the carefully curated schedule of activities below 

  • DAY 1 – Thursday, 7 Dec 2023 : OPENING CEREMONY

On the first day, true to its title, kicks off with a welcoming dance and speeches from Bali’s government officials such as the Minister of Tourism and the Governor. The day unfolds with grand performances, including a colossal dance and, notably touching and captivating, a presentation by students from special needs schools (SLB). All activities on the first day take place in the bamboo forest of Penglipuran.


  • DAY 2 – Friday, 8 Dec 2023 : CONTEST

On the second day, the schedule is filled with contests such as the Making Breakfast Contest, Silat Performing Arts held at Jaba Pura Penataran, Fun and Fit Zumba, Guiding Contest, and Megibung Krama at Desa Rurung (Open Space Desa Penglipuran). The closing event for the second day is the ‘Pelipur Lara: Wayang Cenk Blonk.


  • DAY 3 – Saturday, 9 Dec 2023 : CLOSING CEREMONY

On the final day of the festival, it is highlighted by the closing ceremony, which begins with the ‘We Care Penglipuran’ initiative followed by the Yard Arrangement Competition. The official closing ceremony encompasses a welcoming dance, prayers, and a performance by guest stars.

As Penglipuran Village Festival 2023 unveils ‘Village Festival X,’ dive into the harmonious blend of tradition, sustainability, and cultural pride with the ‘Bamboo Paradise’ theme. Beyond visuals, it’s a reminder of our commitment to preserve for future generations. Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating Penglipuran’s beauty, embracing the promise of a greener tomorrow.

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