The Nusa Dua Fiesta is an annual festival that features a week of arts, culture, sports, music and exhibitions that take place in and around the peninsula in Nusa Dua. The opening day features various art competitions and exhibitions at the beach fronts of the hotels that line the Peninsula. The following days are also filled with diving tours, children’s carnivals, charity gala dinners and various live modern and cultural entertainments for the public. This year’s Fiesta will mark its 20th year running, with Julio Iglesias also slated among the stars to perform onstage.
Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016 brings back the fun and colourful week of arts exhibitions, cultural performances and sporting events to its namesake luxury beach resort area on Bali’s southeast coast. First held in 1996 as Nusa Dua Festival and becoming a fiesta in its ninth year, it welcomes the general public to this otherwise exclusive tourism enclave, with different shows and events held in various venues throughout Nusa Dua. This year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta carries the theme of ‘Love, Peace and Harmony’, and kicks off on Wednesday, November 16 with an evening opening ceremony at Nusa Dua’s landmark peninsular area. Earlier in the morning you can admire various handicrafts on display here, as well as unique bonsais and an antique automobile show. In the afternoon, the streets come alive with parades featuring vivid floats from all of the five-star resorts in Nusa Dua’s ITDC complex.
You’ll be able to visit the exhibits throughout the festival’s five days through November 20, and even take home an attractive memento offered at bargain prices. In line with the festival’s spirit of promoting environmental awareness, day two features a beach clean-up along the coastline. Foodies should look out for the cooking competition held by the Indonesian Chefs Association on the same day, as well as a mixology competition where you can sample a sip from the island’s best bartenders. Live entertainment is big at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016. From the first day to the fifth, every evening you can enjoy live bands which includes national headliners, as well as percussionists and local artists performing world music. There are also fashion shows by designer boutiques and tenants from the Bali Collection, the main shopping complex in Nusa Dua. Don’t miss a chance to watch the spectacular Devdan Show at the adjacent Nusa Dua Theatre on the main stage.
Happen to be planning to tie the knot in Bali? Don’t miss the wedding make-up expo and competition for some inspiration and perhaps meet up with the island’s best bridals and vendors. The evenings of days three and four feature the most highlighted entertainer line-ups, such as an Afro Reggae night with Bali’s most groovy bands taking the stage from 19:30, followed by a DJ collaboration with fire dancers from 21:30 at the main peninsula area. Among the highlights of the closing day is a latte art competition, an exhibition and a showdown among the island’s best body-painting artists, a unique rendering of Bali’s iconic ‘kecak’ dance, together with an Indian dance performance. The main spectacle of the closing ceremony is a colossal dance performance titled Mentari Pulau Dewata or ‘Sun of the Island of the Gods’. Then more live bands keep up the vibe and conclude this year’s festival before midnight.