International Institute for Asian Studies


Call for papers

Conference and Festival on North Balinese Art and Culture

Creativity & Innovation - North Bali’s signature
International Conference & Festival for North Balinese Art & Culture
Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 August 2013
Hosted by Undiksha University, Singaraja
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Deadline for submission: 12 April 2013

Four years after its first edition (2009), Undiksha University once again invites you to participate in a comprehensive celebration, artistic exploration and intellectual exchange of North Balinese art and culture.

A 4 day conference & festival focusing on Creativity and Innovation in North Balinese culture and performing arts, in historical and contemporary perspective. Creativity has been, and still is, North Bali’s signature. In the conference - a series of key notes speeches, lectures, demonstrations and expert meetings - we aim to analyse and highlight the nature and diversity of this creativity and innovation, as well as the conditions for its preservation, sustainability and further development.
The festival features a gamelan contest between west and east Buleleng, presenting innovative compositions of the past. Contemporary innovation will be highlighted in a number of commissioned music and dance works, while international contributors from the Netherlands and the USA will provide alternative options for creativity.
The Museum Buleleng will host another exhibition of early 20th century north-Balinese artefacts and architecture, and will also be the place for a number of book and CD launches.

We heartily welcome your contribution to both conference and festival. Be inspired by the themes below!

Creativity & innovation in North Balinese music and dance
Whatever sparked the artistic explosion at the beginning of the 20th century, it is well accounted for that North-Balinese artists had the courage to “incorporate new dimensions of rhythmic and melodic complexity, improvisation, mixing and experimentation with earlier genres.” (Herbst, 2011). In this topic we want to bring to the fore both historical and contemporary examples of the innovative creativity in North Balinese music and dance styles, on the level of regional styles, individual artists and emerging new expressions.

North Balinese cultural heritage
Apart from the main conference theme mentioned above, the conference will build upon a major recommendation from the previous edition: to establish, protect and revitalize the North Balinese Cultural Heritage. This includes a diversity of topics:
• musical manuscripts
• literature and authors
• wayang data bank project | a collaboration with Otto van der Mieden, Director of the Puppet Play Museum in Vorchten, Netherlands
• historical sites and collections
• ritual food and specific offerings

Sustainable Culture & Tourism
Bali is facing one of its biggest challenges ever: How to create and sustain a healthy environment, in which culture and arts can thrive? We call for contributions of successful ecological, cultural or artistic initiatives and projects that either enhance the awareness of both tourists and inhabitants and government in North Bali or provide some practical solutions. Topics might include:
• waste management | reducing plastic bag consumption
• Aids|HIV prevention and awareness
• ecological farming
• ecological tourism
• health care
• education

The conference will also organize a number of workshops for exchanging and sharing knowledge and experience on some cultural traditions in transition:
• Sand sculptures, a search for its origin, new iconography and icons
• Masks in transition: new types of bondres, use of schmink instead of masks
• Modern theatre as found in Banyuning

Conference & Festival are supported by Leiden Institute of Area Studies,University Leiden, the Netherlands | Academy for Creative and Performing Arts, University Leiden, the Netherlands | KITLV, Leiden, The Netherlands.