With 200+ events, 170+ speakers, 40+ venues, 100+ partners and supporters, and audiences from across Bali, Indonesia, and the globe, we had a huge Festival in 2016.
Our theme – Tat Tvam Asi: ‘I am you, you are me’ – created a strong centre for five days of conversations encompassing the expansive and essential issues at play in the world today.
From our opening keynotes with Indonesian writer and activist Seno Gumira Adjidarma, and human rights advocate and pageant-queen-with-a-purpose Anastasia Lin, the discussions traversed core issues of identity, belonging, human rights and dignity.
Festival Founder & Director, Janet DeNeefe, commented:
It shows how vital a gathering the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is for open exchange and meaningful, cross-cultural dialogue.
We respect all viewpoints and believe our role is to provide a comfortable, neutral space that brings people together to discuss the issues and challenges that face us all.
I applaud the brave artists and speakers who joined us this year, and the audience – from young Indonesian students to our UWRF stalwarts – who helped create the powerful, magical space for which the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has become famous.