28 October–1 November.
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, and are all within walking distance of each other.
Other events take place in and around Ubud. Check the individual event pages for locations.
Ubud is one and a half hours north of Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai airport. Please contact your hotel to see if they offer an airport transfer service. If not, you can hire a Blue Bird taxi, which is a metered car, or negotiate with a driver at the airport to agree on a fare.
The Festival provides a free shuttle service from Puri Lukisan Museum on Jalan Raya Ubud, to Taman Baca, Indus and NEKA. The shuttle runs from 8:00 until 18:00, every 30 minutes.
Some hotels will provide a shuttle service to the main venues. Please contact your hotel for details.
Help us support the partners who support the UWRF. We have a full range of options on our Accommodation page.
Indonesia in general is not wheelchair friendly, but we do have staff available to assist people where possible. For people who are Deaf and hard of hearing, please contact Festival organizers to see how we can help. For any specific questions about access requirements, please get in touch via our Contact.
Ubud is a very safe place for single travelers and it is likely you will make many friends at the Festival.
The UWRF comprises a four-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 and free program areas. These include:
For information about UWRF20 tickets, stay tuned to this page.
Tickets for all events can be purchased at the Box Office, located at the Festival Hub on Jl. Raya Sanggingan. If you have already purchased a 4-Day or 1-Day Pass online, exchange your booking confirmation at the Box Office for the 4-Day Pass lanyard or 1-Day Pass wrist band. The Box Office accepts Indonesian Rupiah and has credit card facilities.
There is also a cash-only Box Office at Neka, where you can exchange your 4-Day or 1-Day Pass booking confirmations for the lanyard or wristband.
Please see our Buy Tickets page.
A 4-Day Pass includes entry to all 70 Main Program sessions.
A 1-Day Pass includes entry to all Main Program sessions on your chosen day.
A Festival Pass does not include any additional Special Events, Workshops or Cultural Workshops. You must purchase tickets for these events separately.
No. You can buy tickets to any additional Special Events, Workshops or Cultural Workshops as suits your interest and schedule.
Also, there are many free events! Check out our Live Music & Arts, Festival Club @ Bar Luna, Book Launches, Art Exhibitions and more. These will be announced in mid-August.
Spanning 70 sessions, the Main Program is held across three venues: Festival Hub @ Taman Baca, Indus Restaurant, and NEKA Museum, which are all within walking distance on Jl. Raya Sanggingan. It comprises the official Festival Welcome, Keynote Speeches, in-conversations, and panel discussions with Indonesian and international speakers.
The program book is available at the Box Office, and at select cafes and venues around Ubud.
A literary lunch is an event in which our speakers are interviewed over a decadent meal in one of Ubud’s elegant restaurants. The lunches give audiences the chance to brush shoulders with their favorite writers, and are renowned for their intimacy and ambiance.
A special event is a paid event such as a literary lunch, dinner, or cocktail party.
A large portion of the program is completely free. Please check our program for these, announced mid-August.
Most sessions will be conducted in English. Bilingual or Indonesian sessions will be noted in the program and translators will be present. Please see the program for details.
Bali is child-friendly. There are many creative programs for kids and teens during the day, including our free Children & 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.
Depending on availability and accessibility, books by Festival speakers will be on sale during the UWRF at the Festival bookstore.
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. Read about the history of the Festival here.
For information about the UWRF Volunteer Program, go to this page.
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.
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.
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.
Generally restaurants close around 10pm.
Last call for food and drinks 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 until 11pm.
Ubud is considered the cultural center 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, jewelry 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.
October and November are warm, though it may cool down in the evening. As with all tropical regions, there is always the chance of rain.
We advise you pack warm weather clothes that are not too revealing. Balinese culture is modest and respectful, so excessively revealing clothing – no matter how hot it is – is not acceptable.
Please ask your local travel agent.
Please check with your doctor. Rabies and dengue do exist in Indonesia. Take sensible precautions, and avoid touching animals. If bitten seek urgent medical attention. Please obtain advice from your doctor or traveler’ health center on this and other health issues.