Eight highlights of the After Dark program at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2018

Posted: 14 October 2018 Author: sikuska

After a full day of inspiring conversations, stimulating ideas and extraordinary stories at the UWRF Main Program, what better way to while away the evening than with invigorating live music, powerful poetry slams, and innovative multi-arts performances. For those who like to groove and be moved by bold voices, here are eight highlights of our eclectic After Dark program held at Taman Baca, Betelnut and Bar Luna. Best of all? These eight events are all free!

1. Live Music & Arts: Women of Words Poetry Slam, 24 Oct, 20:00-22:30, Betelnut

For our annual Women of Words Poetry Slam we’re looking for the finest poems celebrating diversity and feminism. Bahasa Indonesia, English, free verse or rhyme – raise your voices and rejoice in the power of women as they shine in the spotlight. Register to participate on the door, one hour before.

2. Live Music & Arts: From Bali to West Africa, 25 Oct, 21:00-23:00, Taman Baca

Thursday night is rich in cultural and artistic diversity at Taman Baca. Get ready for powerful poetry performances by Festival poets from near and far. Then, join virtuoso musician, improviser and composer Rodrigo Parejo for Spanish jazz, before Miriam Libermann transports you to West Africa with her unique style of kora playing.

3. Festival Club: Since Ali Died, 25 Oct, 20:45-22:00, Bar Luna

Bar Luna welcomes back rapper, poet and lyrical powerhouse Omar Musa for a triumphant evening of deeply personal stories and riotously political songs. In his acclaimed one-man show Musa mashes poems, live music and stories to confront heartbreak, human connection and the dark realities of Australian culture.

4. Live Music & Arts: Hujan di Bulan Juni, 26 Oct, 21:00-22:00, Taman Baca

Settle in for an evening of music and performances inspired by the poetry of Sapardi Djoko Damono, the recipient of this year’s UWRF Lifetime Achievement Award. Hujan di Bulan Juni (Rain in June) is one of his most beloved poems, and tonight it will come to life through immersive sounds and theatre.

5. Festival Club: Chinese Whispers, 27 Oct, 18:30-19:30, Bar Luna

Beginning life as an art installation then evolving into a digital graphic novel, Chinese Whispers traces the search for identity in history through gentle excavation of real life stories. Jakarta-born ethnic Chinese creator Rani Pramesti and illustrator Cindy Saja join UWRF to launch the English language edition with this premiere screening.

6. Festival Club: Buku Kuku-Ku, 27 Oct, 20:45-21:45, Bar Luna

Groundbreaking toy designer, writer and illustrator Cipta Croft-Cusworth brings his unique multimedia shadow puppet performance with live storytelling to Bar Luna. Telling the tale of the creation of the universe of Dasuatika and the price of using dark magic to keep death at bay, this puppet show is not just for kids!

7. Live Music & Arts: Musical Storytelling: Aroma Karsa, 27 Oct, 20:00-22:00, Betelnut

For a writer, presenting a new work is the same as the moment of giving birth. This is a rare chance to join one of Indonesia’s favorite authors, Dee Lestari, as she reads from her latest work, Aroma Karsa. Accompanied by Reza Gunawan on piano, this is musical storytelling at its finest.

8. Live Music & Arts: The World We Create, 27 Oct, 21:00-23:00, Taman Baca

Drawn from a Balinese Hindu philosophy, ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals, interpreted as ‘The World We Create’. With a stellar lineup of folk musicians, come on a musical exploration of our Festival’s theme.

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