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Evolving Indonesia // Camera Obscura

Youth culture. Politics. Feminism. These ambitious directors and auteurs use their medium to explore controversial themes and tackle taboo topics. Explore the vital world of Indonesian cinema. Featuring: Slamet Rahardjo, …

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Tat Tvam Asi // Side by Side

When natural disasters strike, we’re all in it together. Hear from two artists whose work with the HANDs! project is uniting young people from across Asia and equipping the next …

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In Conversation // Magda Szubanski: Reckoning

“If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.” One of Australia’s best-loved performers takes the UWRF stage with Michael …

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In Conversation // Suki Kim: Undercover in North Korea

In 2011, investigative journalist Suki Kim went undercover in North Korea. Posing as a missionary and a teacher, she taught English to the 19-year-old sons of North Korea’s ruling class. …

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In Conversation // Eka Kurniawan: Beyond Beauty is a Wound

Hear from one of the most promising Indonesian authors of this decade: Eka Kurniawan has earned international recognition with his critically-acclaimed works – most notably Beauty is a Wound and …

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In Conversation // Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

Searing, insightful, unflinching: Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life has made an indelible impression on readers the world over. She joins Kirsti Melville for a conversation on friendship, art, and …

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Evolving Indonesia // Dalam Bahasa Indonesia

Get to know the language of Indonesia in all its richness and complexity. What are the things it is only possible to say in Indonesian? A group of writers and …

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Tat Tvam Asi // Being the Change

From brave dreams to bold action and big results, these four activists working in diverse fields – youth advocacy, human trafficking, climate change, deforestation – come together to chart the …

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Evolving Indonesia // Screen Addicts

Facebook, Twitter and Pokemon Go! – Indonesia is addicted to the screen. Listen in as these best-selling authors and an indie publisher talk the trials and tribulations of bringing literature …

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Tat Tvam Asi // Prison and the Pen

Connection, compassion, and creativity. For those on the inside, writing can offer the chance to tell their own story, and to imagine a world beyond the bars. Featuring Diana Greentree, …

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Tat Tvam Asi // Make Art Not War

Activism isn’t all protest marches, chants and online petitions. Musicians, writers and artists come together to share how they’re using art to change hearts and minds. Featuring Diana Greentree, The …

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Evolving Indonesia // Cinematic Indonesia

Indonesian cinema has taken the pulse of a nation, a visual tribute to its struggles and triumphs. These influential filmmakers discuss how Indonesian film has shaped and narrated the evolution …

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Between the Covers // La Lengua de Cervantes

Widely recognised as the greatest writer in the Spanish language, Miguel de Cervantes’ influence is felt across many art forms to this day. Indonesian pianist Ananda Sukarlan and Mexican novelist …

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Between the Covers // The Look of the Book

Lustworthy, lurid, eye-catching or cryptic: a book’s design can make or break its reception. An author, a book designer and a publisher reveal just what goes on to create the …

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In-Conversation Series // Damon Young

In an age of pop-ups, listicles and clickbait, have we forgotten how to read? Does the act demand courage, patience and curiosity? From Asterix to Aristotle, prize-winning philosopher Damon Young …

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The Writing Life // In Order to Live

Joan Didion famously wrote, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Four writers unpack the way stories help us navigate the world and understand each other, and what the …

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Between the Covers // Ancient Texts

From Hindu epics to the palm leaf texts, these writers encourage us to dive deep and discover the mystic, sensual and revelatory qualities of our ancient works, and show just …

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Between the Covers // UWRF Book Club

Listen in as our Festival guests debate their latest literary loves, lusts, and loathes, and the books they can’t wait to get their hands on. Join us for this celebration …

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The Writing Life // Darkness and Light

What draws writers to write about the darker aspects of human experience – violence, manipulation, torture? What keeps us reading? These writers reveal how they go there, and why it’s …

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Between the Covers // Open Road Open Book

The promise of the open road and the far horizon… global nomad or armchair adventurer, we all know the call of distant lands. Hop on board as these travel writers …

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