Program Category: Free Events

As a not-for-profit with a mission of enriching the lives of 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.


Festival Club | Boy Mestizo

Kiwi-Filipino comedian James Roque always thought that all his hang-ups about race came from moving to New Zealand as a kid. However, he’s since realized he’d accidentally checked in some …

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Art Exhibition | Stories from Mt. Agung

24 Oct 2019 10:00 /

In February 2018, Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati visited children at a camp for Mount Agung evacuees in Karangasem. They shared their stories of trauma through drawing and poetry. This exhibition …

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Festival Club | The Poets Club

Rhythm, verse, stanza, space. Poetry has a way of going straight to the heart. Join host Maeve Marsden as she serenades you while some of the Festival’s star wordsmiths whip …

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Children & Youth | Heroes and Karma

25 Oct 2019 10:00 /

Who are the heroes in your life? How did they become who they are? In this workshop, we will weave reality with imagination to create a little myth. By the …

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Children & Youth | Melihat Puisi Dari Dekat

25 Oct 2019 10:00 /

Mari belajar gaya dan teknik menulis puisi dengan memanfaatkan hal-hal yang dekat dengan kita. Perspektif tersebut berguna untuk memudahkan peserta masuk ke inti bahasan melalui imaji yang dapat dilihat, didengar, …

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Book Launch | The Enjoyment Plan®

25 Oct 2019 14:00 /

Here’s a radical idea: rather than plan for our retirement, let’s plan for our enjoyment. Would you make an enjoyment plan and make sure you could take early enjoyment? Go …

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Children & Youth | Short Story Session

25 Oct 2019 14:00 /

Do you like writing short stories, but sometimes don’t know where to start? Join children’s book author Lita Lestianti to learn how to dig for ideas, develop themes, and create …

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Book Launch | Rahasia Salinem

25 Oct 2019 14:00 /

Salinem is a courtier, a woman whose life is devoted to tending to the needs of the royal family. Throughout her life, which spanned nearly a century from 1923 to …

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Book Launch | Sambal Nation

25 Oct 2019 16:00 /

From one of the nation’s best-loved culinary personalities, Chef Bara’s new recipe book explores the diversity of Indonesian sambal through 45 recipes from across the archipelago. Despite the dramatic regional …

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Film Screening | The Woven Path: Perempuan Tana Humba (2019)

25 Oct 2019 16:00 /

Prominent director Lasja F. Susatyo’s two-part documentary illuminates the struggles and dreams of women in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Known for its spectacular scenery and magnificent traditional textiles, Sumba’s …

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Book Launch | bobo

25 Oct 2019 16:00 /

This collaborative art and storytelling book is about Bobo the basset hound, who accompanied Irma in her travels from Great Britain to Western Europe since he was young. Their journey …

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Festival Club | Frank Palmos: Living Dangerously

Veteran Australian journalist, translator and historian Frank Palmos was one of the obvious inspirations for the novel The Year of Living Dangerously, which was adapted into a film starring Mel …

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Live Music & Arts | Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi – Friday

25 Oct 2019 17:00 / /

As the sun sets, head to Taman Puisi for an hour devoted to your own writing and expression. Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi (Poetry and Expression Picnic) is open to all …

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Festival Club | Jenny Zhang: Sour Heart

Centered on a community of immigrants precariously balanced on the edge of poverty in 1990s New York City, the stories that make up Sour Heart examine the ways that family …

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Live Music & Arts | Simi’s Circus

25 Oct 2019 19:00 / /

Roll up, roll up! An emerging author, Simi Genziuk has spent 20 years performing as a trapeze artist with traditional circuses around Australia and with contemporary circuses around the world. …

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Festival Club | Didiet Maulana: Indonesian Chic

In 2011, Didiet Maulana established his own brand, Ikat Indonesia, with a mission to develop Indonesian woven fabric as the focus of his fashion line. He has garnered international praise …

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Live Music & Arts | Poetry Slam

25 Oct 2019 20:00 / /

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

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Film Screening | Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) (2018)

25 Oct 2019 20:00 /

Legendary director Garin Nugroho’s new film explores the winding inner journey of a Javanese Lengger Lanang dancer. Before its Indonesian premiere it had already won various awards in the international …

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Festival Club | On the Road Again

We’ve gathered a stellar lineup of UWRF’s finest globetrotters to regale you with travel stories both tall and true. There’s nothing left for you to do but order a beer …

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Children & Youth | Purr-fect Cat Character

26 Oct 2019 10:00 /

Calling all aspiring illustrators, or anyone who loves to draw! Young Indonesian illustrator Hezky Kurniawan and the team from Villa Kitty Foundation will guide you in creating your very own …

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