Following the success of its much-loved annual literary festival, the Balinese town of Ubud is to embark on another yearly get-together. The first Ubud Village Jazz Festival is slated for August 9 and 10 and promises to welcome a lineup of as many as 100 Indonesian and international musicians to the grounds of the Arma Museum. World-class Dutch pianist Peter Beets is one of the billâ€™s early standouts, while other confirmed acts include the Ito Kurdi Quartet and American saxophonist Joe Rosenberg. â€śThe idea to hold an international Jazz Festival was born after Serambi Arts Antida in Denpasar was forced to close in 2012,â€ť says festival director Anom Darsana. â€śSince then we have held highly successful Jazz Rendezvous events as a lead-up to this festival.Â The musicians we have invited support our mission to promote high-quality jazz from around the world to a discerning audience.â€ť A series of fringe food and drink events is in the works for the weekend, as are a no-plastic-bag policy and other initiatives that residents and visitors alike will no doubt warm to. Tickets are expected to go on sale soon.
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