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Sanur Village Festival
Last Year International Bali Kite Festival in Mertasari Beach, Sanur. Img: Johannnindito Adisuryo

Sanur Village Festival (SVF) is one of the biggest events in Bali. It's a comprehensive celebration spanning for five days with various socio-cultural sub-events. From music shows to the food festival. There are more than a dozen activities for visitors to participate.

It's an annual event and is held during summer. This year, Sanur Village Festival will be held from 21 - 25 August 2019. SVF is a festival established since 2006. The organizer, Sanur Development Foundation (YPS) has been helping the locals. Promoting and assisting in tourism subject in the area.

Sanur Village Festival main mission is to promote Sanur as one of the oldest tourist areas in Bali. Through the event, SVF attempts to promote another side of Sanur. Which does not lose its authenticity and local value. Despite the modern tourism industry. SVF strives to provide a platform for exhibitors for their art and creativity.

SVF Music Performance
Music performance on the main stage during SVF. Img: Dian Indrawan

Among the participants are local artists and musicians. Sanur's small and medium business, especially in the tourism industry, also take part. Over the years, Sanur Village Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in Bali. Attracting over 100,000 visitors in 2018 alone. SVF is among the list of Leading Tourism Event Of 2018 by Indonesian Ministry of Tourism.

Sanur International Kite Festival

During harvest season, Sanur residents thanks to their gods for the bountiful corps by flying kites. Sanur Village Festival adds this tradition into a sub-event called Sanur International Kite Festival. Watch as kites of vibrant colors decorate Sanur's bright blue sky. Their unique shapes, from animals to Hindu deities, dance as the sea wind blows.

The kite festival opens participants of all kind. Whether it is for religious purpose or simply for fun. Many kite enthusiasts from aboard take part in this festival at Mertasari Beach. Visitors can also bring their own kite - and fly it alongside other colorful kites in the sky.

Sanur Kite Festival
Sanur Kite Festival for local is a form of gratitude. Img: Riki Hardi

Jukung Show and Competition

Traditional fishing boat "Jukung" is not a strange sight along the shoreline of Sanur. This is because Sanur by essence is a fishing community. It remains as such despite the ever-growing tourism industry. Sanur Village Festival holds Sanur Jukung Competition. In an attempt to preserve the fishing tradition and identity in this area.

The boat competition presents the best of Jukungs all of Sanur. For the fishermen, it's a pride of some kind. For visitors, it's a chance to learn about Sanur's jukungs. A Sanur's jukung has distinct shapes and colors which differ compared to other regions in Bali.

If lucky, take a chance to cruise the sea with it too. Recently the traditional boat has become a tourism transportation mode. Especially for doing water activities.

Jukung Sanur Village Festival
Jukung, the traditional Balinese boat parked at Sanur Beach. Img: Ragman Fachrie

Sanur Cycling Tour

The cycling tour takes participants around the villages near Sanur. By participating, explore scenic villages, the fishing community. And also the beaches in Sanur. The entourage also stops at Sanur's famous Sindhu Market.

A traditional market is known for its diverse and cheap food choice. When tired and hungry after all the pedaling. It's always a good idea to stop the bike and find something to eat.

Music & Culture Show in Sanur Village Festival

The main stage of Sanur Village Festival hosts types of performances. While enjoying the sea breeze, get entertained by musicians of various genres. From jazz to blues to the occasional pop music, the stage caters everyone's taste of music. Apart from local Bali musicians, the organizer also invites singers and musicians from Jakarta.

Music Crowd during SVF
Music Crowd during Sanur Village Festival last year. Img: Herbert Collins

Traditional arts are not forgotten. Gambelan, Balinese traditional set of instruments. Will gets the audience adrift with its enchanting sounds. Enjoy traditional dances by the most talented of Sanur performers. Theatrical performances, choreographed by local artists and actors. Is among the must watch for the culture night.

Food Festival and Bazaar

Always visited by thousands of visitors annually. Food Festival is one of the most popular events at Sanur Village Festival. Get excitingly confused by stalls after stalls offering delicacies of all kinds. Satisfy the palate with menus offered by popular restaurants around Sanur.

The menu ranges from Indonesian food to international choices. Many 5-stars restaurants open a booth here. Offering visitors a chance to try on their menu at a lower price than usual pricing.

Food Bazaar Sanur
SVF Food Bazaar Venue packed with visitors. Img: SVF official

Yoga Mass Workshop

At Sanur Village Festival, participants embrace the day by doing yoga on the beach. With feet grabbing firmly into the sand and body facing toward the ocean.

Yoga students immerse themselves asana after asana. The yoga mass at SVF is organized by no other than Sanur's own yoga community Seger Oger. It is free to join this healthy activity. So don't miss the opportunity.

Beach Clean Up, Tree Planting, & Eco-Friendly Activities

A five-day festival can leave a lot of trash on the beach. Sanur Village Festival does not neglect this possibility. Preserving and maintaining nature is also one of SVF's missions. As a beach cannot clean itself, every hand picking the trash here counts.

Therefore, take part in this environmental awareness activity to make a contribution to nature. After the cleanup session, a tree planting event also takes place. Join this collective effort of planting mangrove, rare trees and coconuts along the shore.

Sanur Cycling Tour
Sanur Cycling Tour during SVF does not exclude for the locals. Img: Ben

The vegetations help to minimize beach erosion by the waves. As well as making Sanur shorelines greener. Under the sea, baby corals are planted to boost a rich marine life. The most heartwarming activities of Sanur Village Festival is releasing baby turtles.

It's also one of the most popular, from little children to adults are eager to come and watch. The 2018 event was also attended by Minister of Tourism of Indonesia. So do not forget to participate. And help the little ones making their first journey into the ocean.

Sanur Village Festival Venue & Schedule

The SVF venue for 2019 will be taking place around the Sanur Beach area. Such in Mertasari Beach, Matahari Terbit Beach, and Segara Ayu Beach. The event will be held for five days on 21-25 August 2019.

Most of the activities in the Sanur Village Festival are free to join. Some cash is needed on events such as cycling tour (for renting a bike), the food festival and bazaar. Prepare small cash too for parking and toilets.

Sanur Village Festival Venue & Schedule
Venue Mertasari, Matahari Terbit & Segara Ayu Beach
Time 21-25 August 2019

See: Sanur Night Market, Culinary Spot & Cheap Food Price.

How To Get To Sanur Village Festival

It is easy to reach Sanur either by private vehicles or public transport. By public transport. Take any Trans Sarbagita buses that pass through Ngurah Rai Bypass (line corridor 1, 3, and 4). Stop at the closest shelter to the location. For example, the closest shelter to Matahari Terbit Beach is Matahari Terbit Shelter 2. The fare is cheap, only IDR 3,5k for a trip.

By private vehicles, follow Ngurah Rai Bypass road northward from the city. A rental scooter can be a good idea since it's a cheap and versatile way to get around from one event location to another. Renting a scooter costs around IDR 65k/day.

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