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Bali culture is one of the world’s most important cultural traditions, so it’s worth looking at what the festival is all about.
To kick off the festival, Bali is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display, which will be held in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
It’s a celebration of the life and times of Bali people, who were once the dominant inhabitants of the region, but in recent decades have been displaced by urban development and the arrival of other communities.
A Bali family and friends gather to celebrate Bali Day at the Balia, one of three festivals in the region.
Source: Supplied: Festival organizer David Cairns says the Balis have been given the task of keeping the spirits of the Balinese community alive, by creating special gifts and entertainment for the community.
This year, the celebration will include an “ambassador program” which will include Bali artists, who will be available to tour Australia’s capital city.
The Ambassador Program will be run by a special group of Australian Balis, including the local Balis’ cultural director and Bali community activist, Zhena Pronk.
Zhenan Pronks was inspired to work on this program after seeing her Bali friends lose their home in the 1980s and 1990s.
“I’ve been working with Bali communities for the last eight years, and the people have been very supportive,” Ms Pronke said.
“And so we have been working together with Balis in the past.”
It was through her work that she realised that Bali cultures are being forgotten, and that there was a real need to create a program to keep them alive.
“They are living in the shadows of their history and they are being pushed out by development and that’s really a shame,” she said.
The program will be hosted by Australian Bali Artist and founder of Balismu, Ravi Balan, and featured artists and performers from around the world.
“There are so many cultures that have been destroyed,” she says.
“For the Balas to survive is an incredible achievement.”
Ms Prenk has been working on the project for about four years.
“We have a Bali ambassador program and we are in the process of creating a new website to showcase the work that Balis are doing and the work they’re doing to keep their culture alive,” she explained.
“It’s really important to bring that to the world because there’s no place for the Balins to be forgotten.”
The program is a collaboration between the Balisa Cultural Foundation, the Balife, the Victorian Bali and the Victorian Federation of Balis (VFB), with funding from the Victorian Government.
It will include a selection of artwork and performances by Balis from around Australia.
The Balife is a non-profit organisation that helps Balis living overseas with living expenses, education and job training.
It also supports Balis on the streets of Victoria and overseas, as well as assisting Balis who want to come back to Australia.
Ms Prank hopes the program will also inspire Bali Australians to support their community in their struggle to preserve their culture and identity.
“This is our community, this is our home, this has been in Bali hands for a very long time and we need to protect it,” she concludes.