UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL 2019 HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF LITERATURE IN ENCOURAGING UNDERSTANDING AND CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE

UWRF has successfully delivered its 16th year, with inspiring stories, bold ideas and brave voices at the forefront of its 170+ events held across Ubud and Bali from 23–27 October. UWRF today announced the dates for its 17th year: 28 October to 1 November 2020.

In our fast-paced digital age, this year’s Festival highlighted the importance of literature and storytelling in encouraging understanding and creating social change. Through the lens of its theme, Karma, the Festival became a hub of crucial conversations and powerful performances. More than 180 authors, activists and journalists from across Indonesia and 29 other countries shared diverse perspectives on some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as refugee rights, the environment, mental health, migration, disability access, fake news and feminism.

Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe commented, “After countless conversations during the Festival, and after reading hundreds of messages from speakers and audience members, I strongly feel that what we delivered in our 16th year was like no other literary event in the world.”