2013 marked a mammoth year for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, with Southeast Asia’s most renowned literary event celebrating its 10 year anniversary from 11 – 15 October in Ubud, Bali.
In 2013, the Festival came full circle, returning to its original theme Through Darkness to Light/ Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang honouring RA Kartini, Indonesia’s beloved women’s rights pioneer. Beyond paying homage to Kartini, the 2013 program focused on women’s stories, women’s rights and education, heroes and visionaries. Writers across all genres were embraced, including travel writers, songwriters, playwrights, poets, comedians and graphic novelists.
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival mission is simple and yet complex: to create a world class literary event which encourages a free and unfettered dialogue that transcends race, creed and gender to celebrate the universal appeal of story and open a window to the treasury of words and ideas. By so doing, we facilitate the sharing of stories and throw light upon the means by which they might be told. We are proud of our continuing success in bringing Indonesian and international writers together on a world stage and expanding readership of contemporary literature across genres, across cultural divides.