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 Exhibit: Candra Sangkala

26 Oct 2017 18:00 /

The 22 works by Bali-based painter and art lecturer Kun Adnyana explore the significance of time and how it defines human existence, history, and understanding. In the ancient Balinese Hindu …

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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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Film Screening: hUSh

26 Oct 2017 18:30 / /

The fourth film from Djenar Maesa Ayu, hUSh is a collaboration with Singaporean filmmaker Kan Lumé. Starring singer Cinta Ramlan, it follows an aspiring singer from Bali who travels to …

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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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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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Children & Youth: Ignite Your Ideas

Learn how to create a story with Indonesian author-illustrator EorG (Evelyn Ghozalli). She’ll teach you how to find great ideas and create memorable characters, then break out the pencils to …

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Children & Youth: Script to Screen

Not all stories belong in books. Screenwriter Neang Sotheary is here to share her experiences in writing for TV, and to open up her big bag of writing tips and …

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Emerging Voices: Capture!

Kita semua tahu kalau fotografi dan film adalah media ekspresi paling hits saat ini. Ikuti sesi ini dan belajar langsung dari para sosok di belakang kamera yang karyanya sudah diakui …

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Book Launch: Mission to China: How an Englishman Brought the West to the Orient

27 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Walter Medhurst set sail from London for Malacca in 1816. It was the beginning of his career as a missionary, adventurer, printer, writer, translator, teacher and 19th century pioneer to …

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Book Launch: Moon Petals

27 Oct 2017 16:00 /

Join writer, YouTuber and spoken word poet from Jakarta, Jessica Ginting, for the launch of her debut poetry/prose collection. Featuring pieces both autobiographical and surreal, Moon Petals is adorned with …

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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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Book Launch: Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

27 Oct 2017 17:00 /

Thought-provoking and eye-opening, Blood and Silk is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region’s most experienced outside observers. Peering beyond brand new shopping …

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Book Launch: Laut Bercerita

27 Oct 2017 17:30 /

Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) is about the loss felt by families and friends of the ‘disappeareds’, whose chests feel empty with the search for answers. It’s a …

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Film Screening: Calalai: In-Betweenness

27 Oct 2017 17:30 / /

Produced by queer feminist filmmakers, Calalai: In-Betweenness is a documentary about women who engage with masculinities in thinking, behavior, spirituality and mysticism in the midst of a binary system. For …

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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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Film Screening: Minions by Moonlight

Meet the voice of Indonesia’s unlikely ambassadors, the diminutive and lovable yellow Minions, appearing on everything from motorbike helmets to biscuits across the nation. Join French-Indonesian voice actor and co-director …

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Fringe Event: Nusrat Durrani X Rudolf Dethu

27 Oct 2017 19:00 /

Nusrat Durrani wants to change the kinds of stories that dominate mainstream media, putting the voices of international youth at the forefront. Former General Manager of MTV World, and always …

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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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