We’re pleased to announce the dates for the 2015 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

Circle October 28 – November 1 on your calendars, as that is when we’ll be celebrating the theme 17,000 Islands of Imagination right here in Bali’s cultural heartland with a host of incredible writers, artists… and you!

The theme is also that chosen by the Frankfurt Book Fair (to be held mid-October) for this year’s Guest of Honour Nation, Indonesia. The Festival has elected to present a united front in order to best showcase the rich literature and arts of the country to the world.

We’ll reveal more shortly about our take on the theme, and the 2015 poster. For now, save the date!


Our 2014 Festival (October 1 – 5, 2014) celebrated Saraswati: Wisdom & Knowledge and has been described as the ‘loveliest’ yet. There were 237 events across 50+ venues, more than 165 writers and artists from over 25 countries, and an estimated 26,884 enjoyed the experience. Watch the video here, tune into the audiocasts here, and flick through the snaps here. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed, and we look forward to doing it all again in 2015.

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