After spending months working around the clock to find a way to deliver Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2020 safely and according to schedule, we finally came to a hard decision to postpone this year’s Festival until further notice. Just like many Festivals around the world, the rapid escalation of COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia and other countries has forced us to this decision.

We understand that many of you have expressed eagerness and excitement for this year’s Festival, but the safety and health of our audiences, speakers, staffs, volunteers and those who are involved in the Festival is our number one priority.

“The decision was not an easy one to make. It doesn’t just impact our Foundation and the Festival team, but also means a loss of revenue due to a lack of ticket sales and valuable partnerships,” commented UWRF Founder and Director, Janet DeNeefe. “Most importantly, it will largely impact our local communities in both Ubud and Bali that look forward to the economic boost of these much-loved annual events. Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March, Bali has become one of the most affected regions in Indonesia due to its heavy reliance on tourism.”

In order to sustain our community-building philosophy, we are seeking your help to ensure the survival of both Festivals and the Foundation. By supporting the Yayasan Patron Program and making a valuable contribution, you will be directly involved in delivering both Festivals in due time. Your contribution will go a long way to guarantee the future of Indonesia’s most meaningful cross-cultural platform of words, ideas and culture through its diverse programs.

2019 Speakers