For its 15th year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas, the UWRF has revealed a stellar lineup of 160+ authors, journalists, artists and activists from 30 countries. Read more
Selected from almost 800 submissions, the work of the 2018 UWRF Emerging Writers is a rich insight into Indonesian language, culture, history and mythology, and little-known regions of the archipelago. Read more
Go behind the scenes with our bilingual Blog. It's updated regularly with speaker interviews, Festival staff picks, Indonesian Emerging Writer profiles, and guides to navigate the UWRF18. Read more

Full lineup of 160+ speakers from 30 countries revealed

For its 15th year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas, the UWRF has revealed a stellar lineup of authors, journalists, artists and activists from 30 countries. Often described as a human rights festival under the guise of a literary event, in its milestone year the UWRF promises a world of stories, ideas and solutions at a time when amplifying diverse voices and rarely-heard perspectives is more critical than ever.

From Indonesia to Ireland, Sweden to Spain, the Philippines to Pakistan and dozens of countries in between, the five-day program of insightful in-conversations, intimate literary lunches, impassioned debates and powerful performances – all held in Ubud’s most magical venues – will demonstrate why the UWRF has evolved into one of the world’s top writers festivals.