Program Category: Free Events

As a not-for-profit with a mission of enriching the lives of young Indonesians through literature and the arts, the Festival works hard to ensure our program is accessible to all audiences. Each year, we present almost 50% of our program free of charge. If your budget is tight, browse through our extensive range of free programs and activities.


Art Exhibition: Comfort Zone – A Solo Exhibition by Kuncir Sathya Viku

30 Sep 2018 16:00 /

Balinese artist Kuncir Sathya Viku’s creations often grow from Balinese mythology. His artist’s message for this exhibition is: “There is a place without stress, a situation where we feel safe. …

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Art Exhibition: DenPasar2018

05 Oct 2018 19:00 /

A group exhibition and movement, DenPasar2018 is part of CushCush Gallery’s (CCG) program series providing a platform for young local artists and creative communities to come together and create artworks. …

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Art Exhibition: Masa Subur

20 Oct 2018 16:00 /

Masa Subur was created by Futuwonder to engage more local female artists and arts workers in Bali’s art scene. The works by female Indonesian artists challenge the common tendency of …

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Film Program: Chaplin in Bali (2017)

24 Oct 2018 14:00 /

In 1932, experiencing a midlife crisis aggravated by the coming of talking films, Charlie Chaplin ‘escapes’ to Bali where he is virtually unknown. Fascinated by the local lifestyle, he finds …

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Book Launch: Dancing in Silver, the Jewellery of Runi Palar

24 Oct 2018 16:30 /

Dancing in Silver is a retrospective of the remarkable designs of Runi Palar, Indonesia’s first modern jeweler. A Central Javanese princess and famed court dancer, in Europe and New York …

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Live Music & Arts: Women of Words Poetry Slam

24 Oct 2018 20:00 / /

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 …

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Art Exhibition: Recollection of Yesteryears (A Tribute to Nyoman Suradnya)

25 Oct 2018 09:00 /

The late Nyoman Suradnya was a passionate painter and culturist, whose hearty laugh and deep knowledge had for decades guided innumerable scholars and visitors along the cultural maze of his …

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Children & Youth: Release Your Inner Voice

Let your imagination flow freely with vibrant images and musical rhythmic prompts. Emilia and Shoba, both children’s book authors and educators, will guide you through an exciting process of crafting …

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Children & Youth: Creative Writing for Young Authors

Do you like writing poems and stories, or even just telling stories? Do you love reading? Then join Francois to learn about different ways to help you start writing, how …

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Film Program: Nowhere to Go (2018)

25 Oct 2018 14:00 /

Directed by SPARC Stories in collaboration with the Refugee Learning Center in Cisarua, West Java, Nowhere to Go is a short film about the daily lives of three Hazara refugee …

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Children & Youth: My Night in the Planetarium

This is a true story. Do you want to hear it? My Night in the Planetarium is the story of one magical night in the Jakarta Planetarium. But it’s also …

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Art Exhibition: PAUSE; URBAN DECAY

25 Oct 2018 15:00 /

This photography exhibition observes urban, everyday spaces often viewed as unimportant due to the hegemony of future-oriented perspectives. How important is a bedroom for you? Humans won’t survive without a …

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Film Program: NOKAS (2016)

25 Oct 2018 15:00 /

It’s not simple to marry in East Nusa Tenggara. Men must offer a large dowry to the bride’s family, often reducing the meaning of marriage to a business transaction. With …

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Book Launch: PAUSE; URBAN DECAY

25 Oct 2018 15:00 /

This photobook observes urban, everyday spaces often viewed as unimportant due to the hegemony of future-oriented perspectives. How important is a bedroom for you? Humans won’t survive without a space …

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Book Launch: Nayla

25 Oct 2018 15:30 /

First published in Indonesian in 2005 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the English translation of Nayla is by Sebastian Partogi, edited by Kan Lumé. Nayla is a young girl who is …

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Book Launch: Gugug!

25 Oct 2018 16:00 /

Gugug! is a graphic novel inviting readers to try to realize humans are not too distant from animals. When we realize this, we can learn that animals and humans, nature …

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Book Launch: Girl Submerged

25 Oct 2018 16:30 /

Your narrator, Sirena, shares vivid dreams, watery emotions, and visions – what most people keep to themselves. Sirena’s story traverses the uncovering of buried sexual trauma, healing through an intimate …

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Festival Club: Retired, Rewired

Long-time Bali resident Cat Wheeler describes herself and her friends as ‘the ones who got away’, exchanging briefcases and cityscapes for gamelan sounds and rice field vistas. She shares her …

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Live Music & Arts: Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi – Thursday

25 Oct 2018 17:00 / /

At our new Festival area, Taman Puisi, you’ll find the romantic, evocative, poignant poetry of Sapardi Djoko Damono, one of Indonesia’s most beloved poets. Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi (Poetry and …

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Fringe Event: Songs of Sumba Street Performance

25 Oct 2018 17:30 /

Threads of Life are delighted to present Kahi Ata Ratu, the Queen of Sumbanese folk music, from East Sumba. As motifs appear to weavers, songs appear to Ata Ratu in …

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