The UWRF returns 8 – 12 October 2014
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will return in 2014 from 8 – 12 October, and will celebrate the theme of Saraswati | Wisdom & Knowledge.
The 2013 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival was a wonderful celebration, bringing together the best Indonesian, South East Asian and international voices as it celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
In October, the Festival welcomed more than 200 brilliant writers, performers, artists, musicians and visionaries to the magical setting of Ubud, to speak across all forms of storytelling – from travel writing to songwriting, plays, poetry, comedy and graphic novels.
Joining the line-up in 2013 – and in his first Festival appearance in the region – was bestselling UK author Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong, Devil May Care), Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk about Kevin), publishing entrepreneur and Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler, and legendary Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig. Festival favourites Richard Flanagan and Nury Vittachi returned. The Festival also welcomed Rolling Stone Woman of the Year Clare Bowditch, as well as India’s ‘first literary popstar’ Amish Tripathi. Other international guests included David Vann (Legend of a Suicide), two-time Miles Franklin winner Kim Scott (That Deadman Dance), and one of France’s most prolific writers, Alain Mabanckou.
These international names were joined by a world-class line-up of Indonesia’s finest and most successful writers and thinkers. Preeminent Indonesian poet and man-of-letters Goenawan Mohamad, award-winning writer Ayu Utami, bestselling writer and celebrity singer Dewi Lestari, celebrated filmmaker Garin Nugroho, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Ahmad Fuadi and more than 45 others ensured the 2013 Festival represented the best of Indonesian literature. The 2013 Festival also hosted an exclusive open-air preview screening of Daniel Ziv‘s documentary film JALANAN, about the lives of three Jakarta street musicians.
Read more about the 2013 Festival’s highlight sessions.
The 2014 Festival program will be revealed online in August 2014.
For 10 years, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has been held in Bali’s cultural hub of Ubud. The 10-year anniversary Festival (11 – 15 October 2013) presented the largest and most diverse program yet, with over 200 brilliant writers, artists and performers from around the world participating in more than 220 events across 53 […]
Show your support for this year’s 10-year anniversary Festival by purchasing your official t-shirt as a souvenir! The 2013 UWRF t-shirt is available in a Women’s slim-fit v-neck or a Men’s box-cut round-neck. The t-shirts come in a variety of sizes and all come in an ultra-soft cotton. Rp. 150,000 each or buy two for […]
Congratulations to the winners of Long Way Home | Asia-Europe Short Story Contest: Leroy Luar (Malaysia) author of ‘The Evidence of Us‘, and Yordan Radichkov (Bulgaria) author of ‘Container‘! Leroy and Yordan both win S$1000 and flights and accommodation to attend the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. The Asia-Europe Foundation and the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival would like to give a Special Mention […]