With 200+ events, 150+ speakers, 70+ venues, 100+ partners and supporters, and audiences from across Bali, Indonesia, and the globe, we had another fabulous UWRF in 2017, despite Mount Agung rumbling in East Bali for a month before the Festival.

Our theme – ‘Sangkan Parananing Dumadi’ or ‘Origins’ – created a strong center for five days of conversations encompassing the expansive and essential issues at play in the world today.

From our opening keynotes with eminent Indonesian author and journalist Leila S. Chudori, and human rights activist and former UN Person of the Year, Marina Mahathir, the discussions traversed core issues of identity, belonging, human rights and dignity.

Festival Founder & Director, Janet DeNeefe, commented:

After facing significant challenges in this year’s campaign, to see thousands of people flocking across the Festival’s program to attend packed sessions was such an incredible feeling. The UWRF was born out of struggle, and this year’s Festival proves that after 14 years we are stronger than ever.

We are proud of the role we play not only here in Bali, but also in Indonesia. We shine the spotlight on this enormous and yet little known nation’s writers, artists, thinkers and performers, in the hope that the world will one day appreciate their talent, just as we do.

I want to say thank you to all the speakers who made this year’s Festival such a triumph for our literature and arts communities, and for our beloved island of Bali. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back from 24–28 October, 2018!