From humble beginnings in 2002, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events – an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation.
Bringing together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers, the Festival is a platform for meaningful exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. A place where artists and audiences alike can discuss shared inspirations, ideas and concerns, the Festival transcends cultural and geographical borders to create a truely global community.
Across five days, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival delivers an eclectic program of events – from fiery conversations to intimate literary lunches; gripping live performances to hands-on workshops.
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 by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.
The 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will return to Bali’s cultural capital from 25–29 October, 2017, unravelled through the lens of this year’s theme, ‘Origins’. Early Bird Tickets will be on sale from July, with the full program and line-up announced in August.