The Nusa Penida Festival-IV (NPF) scheduled to commence on October 5, 2017, on Bali’s offshore island of Nusa Penida that forms a part of the Klungkung Regency, has been postponed indefinitely due to ongoing preparations for an eruption of Mount Agung.
NusaBali reports that the event originally set to commence on the coming full moon must be postponed until further notice. Nyoman Suwirta, the Regent of Klungkung, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, said: “We have postponed NPF IV until a future date yet to be determined. We hope God will provide the best course of action and that this condition (a volcanic disaster) will soon end. When this ends, then we will hold the NPF-IV.”
The decision to postpone the event, seen as a major tourism event for the Regency of Klungkung, was made after careful consultation with the various agencies of the regional government. The people of Nusa Penida have been advised of the postponement of a celebration that would be inappropriate when a large number of Balinese are experiencing a natural upheaval and displacement from their homes.
The Regent of Klungkung underlined that in postponing the NPF IV the Regency was not abandoning tourism promotion, but only shifting its attention to the more pressing urgent humanitarian demands. Tour activities and other tourism activities in Klungkung are continuing to operate on a normal basis.
The regency has allocated Rp. 1.7 billion for the NPF IV and a number of performances have been rehearsed and prepared, including a colossal Rejeng Dewa dance involving 1,000 performers drawn from students and housewives living on Nusa Penida. The postponed festival was scheduled to present wide range of cultural dances, local games, cooking demonstrations, surfing events, and traditional sailing boat races.
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