FAQs


WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE 2017 UWRF?

25–29 October.

WHEN WILL THE PROGRAM BE ANNOUNCED?

The first round of speakers has been announced, with the full lineup and program announced on 16 August. 

The print program will be available from bookshops, hotels and other outlets throughout Bali and Jakarta in October.

WHERE DOES THE FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE?

The Main Program takes place on Jalan Raya Sanggingan, a five minute drive from the center of Ubud. The Main Program venues are Taman Baca, Indus Restaurant and Neka Museum.

Other events take place in and around Ubud.

See our Ubud map and Taman Baca map for more info.

DO I NEED TO BUY TICKETS TO UWRF EVENTS?

The UWRF is made up of a 4-day Main Program, which is ticketed – you can buy a 4-Day Pass or a 1-Day Pass to the days that suit you best – alongside a mix of separately ticketed sessions. These include:

  • Special Events
  • Workshops
  • Cultural Workshops
  • The Kitchen
  • Film
  • Live Music & Arts
  • Festival Club @ Bar Luna
  • Fringe & Free events

Save 20% on your 4-Day Main Program Pass – with access to 72 events from 26–29 October – by purchasing your Early Bird ticket before the full lineup and program release on 16 August.

Find out more on our Ticket Info page.

CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Yes! Each year the UWRF recruits a team of approximately 300 volunteers, without whom the Festival would not be possible. Volunteer applications for UWRF17 will open in early August. For more information please visit the Volunteer page.

I AM A WRITER. CAN I PRESENT MY WORK AT THE FESTIVAL?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Program Manager, well in advance of the Festival dates.

The Festival receives hundreds of unsolicited submissions and while we welcome these suggestions, due to the large volume of unsolicited submissions received, the UWRF is unable to respond to every submission or return materials sent for consideration.

I AM A WRITER. CAN I PRESENT MY WORK TO PUBLISHERS DURING UWRF?

While publishers do attend UWRF, the Festival is not the appropriate avenue to present your book to publishers. Publishers who are attending are either audience members or involved in specific events discussing books and authors who are already published.

We recommend that you approach publishers through the usual channels, either by submitting your manuscript directly or by engaging a literary agent.

CAN YOU PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH AN AUTHOR ON THE PROGRAM?

For privacy reasons, we are not able to pass on contact details or messages. The best way to contact our guest authors is through their publisher or agent.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL?

Please see our Buy Tickets page.

WHERE IS A GOOD PLACE TO STAY?

Help us support the partners who support the UWRF. We have a full range of options on our Accommodation page.

Otherwise, there are many options from cheap-and-cheerful homestays, to luxurious hotels, available in Ubud.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A 4-DAY FESTIVAL PASS?

A 4-Day Pass includes entry to all the Main Program (72) sessions.

A 1-Day Pass includes entry to all the Main Program sessions on your chosen day.

A Festival Pass does not include any additional special events, workshops or classes. You must purchase tickets for these events separately.

DO I NEED A 4-DAY or 1-DAY PASS IN ORDER TO BUY TICKETS FOR OTHER EVENTS?

No. You can buy tickets to any additional special events, workshops or classes as suits your interest and schedule.

Also, there are many things for free! Check out our Live Music & Arts, Festival Club @ Bar Luna, Book Launches, fringe program, art exhibitions and more!

WHAT IS A LITERARY LUNCH?

A literary lunch is where our authors are interviewed over a three-course meal in one of Ubud’s elegant restaurants. The lunches give audiences the chance to brush shoulders with their favourite writers, and are prized for their intimacy and ambience.

WHAT IS A SPECIAL EVENT?

A special event is a paid event such as a literary lunch, dinner, or cocktail party.

ARE THERE ANY FREE EVENTS?

A large portion of the program is offered for low cost, or completely free. Please check our program for these.

HOW DO I GET TO UBUD?

Ubud is one hour north of Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai airport. Please call your hotel to see if they offer pick-up and drop-off service. If not, you can hire a Blue Bird taxi, which is a metered car, or haggle with a driver at the airport to negotiate your own fare.

HOW DO I GET TO THE MAIN VENUE?

The Festival provides pick-up and drop-off service from Casa Luna Restaurant on Jalan Raya Ubud, to the main venues on Jalan Raya Sanggingan.

Some hotels will provide a shuttle service to the main venues. Please contact your hotel for details.

WHAT SECURITY MEASURES DO YOU PUT IN PLACE FOR ATTENDEES?

The Ubud police and district police will be at all sites. Parking is not allowed in front of venues.

WHAT KIND OF disability access DO YOU OFFER?

Unfortunately, Indonesian venues generally have limited disability access, but there will be staff available to help assist people. For the hearing impaired, please contact Festival organizers to see how we can help. For the vision impaired, dogs are permitted at all Festival sites.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Festival organizers to discuss.

WHAT LANGUAGE WILL THE FESTIVAL BE CONDUCTED IN?

Most sessions will be held in English. Bilingual or Indonesian sessions will be noted in the program and translators will be present. Please see the program for details.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS?

Bali is child-friendly. There are many creative programs on for kids and teens during the day, including our free Childrens & Youth Program. Please note these sessions do book out early, so register your interest when the program is live.

Children under 12 are permitted to accompany their parent or guardian to the Main Program events, as long as their parent or guardian is in possession of an applicable 4-Day or 1-Day pass.

HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT CHANGES OR UPDATES TO THE PROGRAM?

  • Changes and updates will be communicated via our main social media channels of Facebook and Twitter – please follow us
  • Announcements will be made at each venue.
  • Bulletin boards and changes will be posted at the main venues and at the Box Office.
  • Please check the website regularly for updates and changes to the program.
  • Subscribe to our enews.

IS UBUD A GOOD PLACE TO travel to ON MY OWN?

Ubud is a very safe place for the single traveler and it is likely you will make many friends at the Festival.

WHERE CAN I BUY BOOKS by THE WRITERS APPEARING?

Most of the books will be on sale during the UWRF at the Festival bookstore, depending on availability and accessibility.

HOW DID THE FESTIVAL START?

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.

WHAT TIME DO RESTAURANTS CLOSE?

Generally restaurants close around 10pm.

WHAT TIME DO BARS CLOSE?

Last call for food and wine is usually around 11pm but some of our resident late-night party folk can offer suggestions if you would like to see Ubud after midnight. Our Festival Club will be open 10pm-1am!

WHAT AIRLINES TRAVEL TO BALI?

Please consult your local travel agent, or head to an online resource such as Webjet.

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO IN UBUD?

Ubud is considered the cultural centre of Bali and, throughout the year, you can see spectacular temple ceremonies and processions. There are plenty of things to do: learn the secrets of Balinese cooking, how to dance like a Balinese Princess, make batik, jewellery or pottery.

You can take a stroll through the rice fields and chat to the farmers, visit ancient relics in Pejeng or one of the many temples, go white-water rafting, ride a bike through the surrounding villages, stretch your limbs with a yoga class, or your mind with a meditation session.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE DURING THE FESTIVAL SEASON?

October and November are warm, though it may cool down in the evening. As with all tropical places, there is always the chance for rain.

We advise you pack warm weather clothes that are not too revealing. The Balinese culture is modest, so revealing clothing – no matter how hot – is not acceptable.

HOW DO I GET A VISA? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Please ask your local travel agent.

DO I NEED TO GET ANY VACCINATIONS BEFORE I GO?

Please check with your doctor. STAY HEALTHY! There is rabies and dengue in Indonesia. Exercise sensible precautions, and avoid touching animals. If bitten seek urgent medical attention. Please obtain advice from your doctor or travellers’ health centre on this and other health issues.