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BaliSpirit Festival Supports ReGreening
Last modified: 2012-03-15 03:02:07

Balispirit Festival 2012

BaliSpirit Festival Supports ReGreening of Bali

BALI, INDONESIA- March 10th, 2012 Emerging as one of Bali's top eco-celebrations, the 5th annual BaliSpirit Festival (March 28 - April 1, 2012) has already raised 50 million RPH ($5,500 USD) for a new bamboo reforestation initiative, "Bali ReGreen." The popular yoga, dance and world music festival is building on its minimum-waste successes in 2012 and is backed by several other pro-environment groups from causes that range from recycling, environmental education, sustainable building, and permaculture.

The Festival is endorsed this year by these community eco-groups: the Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF), Bali Cantik Tanpa Plastik (Plastics Free Bali), Bali Recycling, the River Oceans Land Ecology Foundation and IDEP. These groups have helped inform policies and programming to help reduce the carbon footprints of its guests.

In partnership with EBF and Festival sponsor, Teh Kotak, 50 mother clumps of bamboo seedlings (6 times more productive than single seedlings) have already been financed. The shoots will later in the year be introduced to the poor and arid Desa Ban region of East Bali where they will grow into essential forest canopies.

Donations (seedling sponsorships) and bamboo shoot purchases will also be available onsite at the Festival, with half of all money raised going to a cooperative to help provide forest management tools and other improvements to the economic plight of Desa Ban's people, who are among the most poverty stricken in Indonesia.

"Thanks to the BaliSpirit Festival and its supporters, our project will receive much needed help to enhance Desa Ban's ecosystem and the standard of living for its people," says Arief Rabik, EBF's Coordinator.

ProGreen features are an ongoing BaliSpirit Festival fixture, according to Anna Sutanto, the Plastics Free Bali Campaign Coordinator. "The BaliSpirit Festival continues to promote eco-friendly behaviors in the Bali community through its sustainable operational practices," Sutanto said.

All booths at the Festival's daytime Dharma Fair (at the Purnati Center for the Arts) and nighttime market (ARMA Resort) venues will be "sustainably constructed with the use of bamboo materials," by architect and Festival Co-Founder, Made Gunarta, and his team.

Gunarta is co-founder of BaliSpirit's restaurants, Kafe and Little K, which will have a strong presence at the Festival's dining areas. Both were jointly honored in 2011 for award-winning waste reductions, earning Ubud's top prize for recycling among dining establishments.

Other ProGreen Features of the BaliSpirit Festival 2012:

• All waste produced during the Festival will be separated and sent for recycling or composting.
• IDEP, the Festival's permaculture partner, will present educational films and other activities at the Purnati center, to provide fun, creative and culturally relevant ways to support community based environmental management.
• Water refilling stations located throughout the festival grounds will also provide a free service to guests as well as an incentive to reuse water bottles.
• A GREEN Press Event for guests to learn more about Bali recycling efforts, Bali ReGreen, and bamboo construction.

**Media guests who want to visit Desa Ban can arrange a tour by contacting Arief Rabik at arief@indobamboo@gmail.com. For details about Bali ReGreen, go here and for more informationan about the BaliSpirit Festival, visit: www.BaliSpiritFestival.com.

Keywords: BaliSpirit Festival, green festival, Bali, Indonesia, East Bali Poverty Project, Desa Ban, Arief Rabik
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