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The story of a design: UWRF 2016 poster reveal

Today we’re excited to reveal our 2016 poster, designed by Evi O., an award-winning Indonesian artist, book designer and art director, based in Sydney, Australia.   Evi has worked in …

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Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswari: Through Darkness to Light

In 2002, Bali was rocked by a series of deadly terrorist attacks that left the tourism industry shaken and community morale at an all time low. As the island – and the …

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Winners announced: emerging Indonesian writers to showcase their talent at this year’s UWRF

Each year, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati puts a call out to emerging writers from across Indonesia: send us your stories and you could find yourself joining some of the …

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Calling all emerging Australasian Writers! Deadline extension for this year’s UWRF-AAWP Emerging Writers Prize.

Are you an emerging writer with a story to tell? At this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) we’re offering a unique opportunity in collaboration with the Australasian Association …

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Join the UWRF team and lend your skills to a world-renowned literary event

Does the idea of working in Ubud, helping to produce internationally-renowned events, and meeting some of the world’s leading authors, artists, chefs and performers sound like the ideal job description? …

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Tat Tvam Asi – I am you, you are me

After celebrating its most ambitious and well-attended event in November last year, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has announced its return to Bali’s cultural capital from 26 – 30 …

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Take part in our Writers Prize in partnership with AAWP!

If you are an emerging writer based in Australasia, take note! In partnership with the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) we are offering a once-in-a-lifetime Prize. Take advantage of …

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Relive the magic, tune into our 2015 Video!

The 12th annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, held October 28 – November 1 in Bali’s cultural heartland, further affirmed the Festival as a cornerstone for meaningful discussion and cross-cultural …

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We’re Hiring! Seeking a Senior Marketing & Media Consultant

Want to join the team behind Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting cultural event? We are currently recruiting for a Senior Marketing & Media Consultant …

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Freedom of artistic expression dominates the discussion at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival  

After cancelling several 1965-related program events due to local authorities threatening to revoke its operating permit, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has drawn to a close after celebrating …

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Notice regarding the cancellation of For Bali

After a series of cancellations following increased scrutiny from local authorities, the UWRF has today (30 October) confirmed a further change to the Festival program. For Bali, a panel session focusing …

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UWRF Arts Program schedule

As Bali’s cultural heartland, it’s no surprise Ubud comes into its own with an array of exciting music acts, performances, and art happenings. With famed Indonesian crooners, Dayak tribal leaders …

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A message from the UWRF Founder & Director

This story is an extended opinion piece penned by our Founder & Director, Janet DeNeefe, in regards to yesterday’s announcement regarding the cancellation of several UWRF 2015 program sessions. It …

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Notice regarding select Festival program changes

It is with great disappointment that the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival must today (Friday 23 October) announce the cancellation of select 2015 program sessions. Three panel sessions dedicated to …

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UWRF 2015 Teaser Video

“Magical.” It’s the single word we keep hearing in relation to Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, and it’s something we’ve captured a little taste of in our teaser video. Watch, …

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Browse the 2015 Program Book, 225+ events, 170+ writers

Bursting with colour, texture and over 225 unmissable events set in Ubud, Bali’s cultural heartland, our 2015 Program Book is now ready to flip through. We hope it makes you …

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Indonesian history, culture and arts at the forefront the 2015 program

From October 28 – November 1, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) will celebrate its most Indonesia-focused and eclectic programs yet, reflecting this year’s theme of 17,000 Islands of …

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Ubud Writers & Readers Festival launches new ASEAN Pass

UWRF ASEAN PASS OFFERS 20% DISCOUNT Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (28 October – 1 November) has announced the full line-up of writers for its 12th and most exciting year yet, along …

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Michael Chabon, Christina Lamb, The Wheelers and Mohsin Hamid headline 12th UWRF

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has today announced the full line-up of writers and first-reveal program of events for its 12th and most exciting year yet, with over 200 …

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First round of UWRF authors announced as early bird tickets go on sale

  After attracting over 26,000 literature-lovers in 2014, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) is set to descend on Bali’s cultural capital once again from 28 October – 1 November, in …

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