Program Category: After Dark

As the sun sets, the Festival comes alive with our dynamic After Dark program. From electrifying performances by some of Indonesia’s  top acts  to watching on as Festival favorites take to the stage, our After Dark program celebrates the Festival’s diverse poets, musicians, dancers and performers.


Live Music & Arts: Women of Words Poetry Slam

25 Oct 2017 20:00 / /

Ladies, get ready to take to the stage as the Women of Words Poetry Slam returns. This year we’re looking for the finest poems celebrating our origins in nature and …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: Good Muslim Boy

Osamah Sami is living proof that the truth can be stranger – and more hilarious! – than fiction. From a boyhood spent dodging Iran’s ‘Piety Police’ to seeing his life …

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Fringe Event: Songs of Land and Honey from Timor

Matheos Anin on ukulele sings stories of harvest, while Willy Daos Kadati weaves origin stories of the Atoni people from Timor. This is a rare chance to experience musical lore …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: Where Australia Collides with Asia

Stow away on some of the most epic voyages of natural history with author and historian, Ian Burnet. Follow the fascinating footsteps of Banks, Darwin and Wallace and explore the …

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Live Music & Arts: Emerging Voices: Origins

26 Oct 2017 18:30 /

Supporting young Indonesian creatives to pursue a career in the arts is a core objective of our not-for-profit Festival. Join a special fundraising evening for our free professional pathways program, …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: The Heart of Timor

Writer, activist and changemaker Dicky Senda’s work is rooted in a deep connection to his home in the highlands of Mollo, Timor. Hear the fascinating story of his social enterprise …

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Live Music & Arts: Pecha Kucha

26 Oct 2017 19:30 /

Global performance phenomenon Pecha Kucha – now in more than 900 cities – sees Festival artists present 20 images for 20 seconds each. With dozens of daring ideas set to …

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Film Screening: Filosofi Kopi 2: Ben & Jody

26 Oct 2017 20:30 / /

Filosofi Kopi, directed by Angga Dwimas Sasongko and based on the short story by Dee Lestari, was a major hit in Indonesia. In the highly-anticipated sequel, after two years of …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: Stories on Stage

From Sudan to Sri Lanka, Swiss writer and singer Brigitte Schär has thrilled audiences around the world with her signature theatrical blend of storytelling and performance. Welcome her to the …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: A Gastronaut’s Guide to the Globe

Tuck in to a gastronaut’s guide to the globe. For those who book their restaurants well before their airfares, and food lovers who want the lowdown on the most enticing …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness

$10 green juices and $150 yoga mats – the wellness industry has evolved into a “global industrial complex” according to Guardian senior writer Brigid Delaney. But does any of it …

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Live Music & Arts: The Next Generation

27 Oct 2017 18:30 / /

As the sun sets on Taman Baca, get to know the next generation of Indonesian artists. Featuring performances from the Festival’s Emerging Writers, the soaring vocals of musical duo Aya …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: For Those Who Travel

“For those who travel the world is beautiful,” says Per Andersson, author of The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled From India to Europe For Love. Put down your …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: The Poet’s Club

Things are bound to get raucous as the Festival’s wizards of spoken word take over the stage and bring the Bar Luna basement to life. Beat, rhyme, lyric and verse …

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Book Launch: UWRF17 Bilingual Anthology Launch

Each year the UWRF puts a call out to emerging writers across the archipelago: send us your stories. From hundreds of submissions, the most remarkable new Indonesian voices are published …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: Indonesian Culture/s on Film

How do filmmakers tell stories in culturally specific terms, rather than imitating tropes absorbed from international cinema? Film studies pioneer David Hanan unpacks how major Indonesian directors have represented the …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: The Banda Journal

Comprising ten small islands that rarely appear on most maps, Banda saw some of the earliest European ventures in Asia. Photographer Muhammad Fadli and writer Fatris MF have spent three …

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Live Music & Arts: Rocking Against Prejudice

28 Oct 2017 19:00 / /

After warming up with the soothing vibes of Bali’s Pluto Band, get ready for a free evening of music that smashes stereotypes; from the jailhouse rock of Kerobokan Prison band …

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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: Boneca de Ataúro

The first stop-motion film from the nation of Timor-Leste follows the story of rag doll Ataurina, who takes an adventurous journey across Ataúro island, 25km north of Dili. Featuring the …

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Live Music & Arts: Poetry Slam

28 Oct 2017 20:00 / /

Get prepared to get loud: live literature hits the stage for the UWRF’s celebrated Poetry Slam, one of the most sizzling events of the Festival. From global poets to local …

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