EARLY BIRD TICKETS on sale and first SPEAKER lineup revealed 16 July

The Festival’s Early Bird tickets, which give you 20% off the 4-Day Main Program pass, will be on sale on 16 July, alongside the first announcement of UWRF18 speakers.

From 24–28 October, 2018, more than 150 writers, artists, thinkers and activists from across the world will converge for the 15th UWRF, to share stories and ideas under the banner of this year’s theme, ‘Jagadhita’.

Like many of the Festival’s previous years, the theme is drawn from a Balinese Hindu philosophy. ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals, interpreted in English as ‘The World We Create’.

The Festival’s five-day program will explore countless ways to create a world that we want to live in; how we strive as individuals and as communities to manifest positive change; and how to nurture this goal through respect and action that sustains compassion for each other and ourselves.

Festival Founder & Director, Janet DeNeefe, commented:


“At a time when disparities rather than shared values are shaping global politics, we’ll ask what harmony and prosperity looks like in 2018, and consider the tensions that have emerged between personal and collective fortunes in contemporary life.

“In our 15th year, we’ll be celebrating the writers, artists, thinkers and activists from across Indonesia and the region who have made a powerful contribution to our collective harmony and prosperity. In Bali, the pursuit of this can be seen almost everywhere. Through the Balinese Hindu philosophy of Jagadhita, we’ll explore the world they create.”