The recently concluded Bali Spirit Festival has been the talk of the town. With a record of over 6000 guests from 47 countries, the Festival’s reputation as the top international holistic travel event in Asia is strengthened even further. This time around, the Festival was held and Bali’s Purnati Center for the Arts and ARMA Resort from 23 to 27 March 2011. The annual 5-day Festival also raised $15,000 for a local HIV/AIDS education program and was endorsed by Bali’s own Governor, I Made Mangku Pastika.
While the Festival attracted roughly 6,000 guests, its website and social media outlets received a dramatically higher number of visitors. In just a single month, the Festival’s website was viewed 115,000 times and its Facebook page were viewed by 250,000 users. “The Festival’s popularity and rapid growth just goes to show how much people value this experience,” said Meghan Pappenheim, Festival Co-Founder and Producer.
The $15,000 in charity funds raised by the Festival and its partners will be used to support AYO! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS (Let’s Talk About HIV/AIDS), Bali’s most prominent HIV/AIDS outreach initiative. Thanks to the money raised this year, the program will now reach children in 25 schools across Bali in Gianyar, Badung, Bulalang and Denpasar.
Every year, the Festival highlights the rich talents and cultural aspects of Bali through local and regional musicians and presenters. 2011 was no exception, with performance and presentations by Ayu Laksmi, Svara Semesta, Cudamani, award-winning Indonesian Funk group DEBU, and Indonesia’s home-grown Yoga Masters, Olop Arpipi and Pujiyastuti Sindhu.