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: Anonymous Ancestors

25 Oct 2018 18:00 /

Anonymous Ancestors is a solo exhibition by contemporary Balinese artist and creator of this year’s UWRF artwork, Budi Agung Kuswara. Budi incorporates photos taken in Bali from 1925-1930 into these …

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Festival Club: Stealing with the Eyes

In 1994, Will Buckingham travelled to the Tanimbar Islands in Indonesia’s eastern Maluku province as a trainee anthropologist. He recounts life-changing encounters with three craftsmen and their histories, myths and …

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Film Program: Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

25 Oct 2018 19:00 /

Screened at Cannes and numerous international film festivals, Mouly Surya’s Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (Marlina the Murder in Four Acts) is one of Indonesia’s most celebrated recent films. …

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Festival Club: Sayang Kalimantan

In 2015, forest fires in Indonesia put more carbon into the atmosphere than Europe’s annual carbon footprint. In the two years that followed, Wally Tham and his team worked with …

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Festival Club: Omar Musa: Since Ali Died

Bar Luna welcomes back rapper, poet and lyrical powerhouse Omar Musa for a triumphant evening of deeply personal stories and riotously political songs. In his acclaimed one-man show Musa mashes …

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Live Music & Arts: From Bali to West Africa

25 Oct 2018 21:00 / /

Thursday night is rich in cultural and artistic diversity at Taman Baca. Get ready for powerful poetry performances by Festival poets from near and far. Then, join virtuoso musician, improviser …

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Live Music & Arts: Casa Luna Jazz Club

25 Oct 2018 22:00 / /

When the first night of the Festival Club winds down the Casa Luna Jazz Club heats up! Casa Luna regular Nita Aartsen joins forces with Belgium-based traditional Balinese musician, Made …

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Children & Youth: Publish in a Flash

Do you dream of publishing your own book or comic book? Well, now you can! This workshop is a publishing program for young people from Bitread Kids. To publish your …

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Children & Youth: Spin Your Own Story

Get your creative story ideas whirling through a game of ‘Wheel of Words’. Debby is an award-winning children’s and teen book author, and she’s here to help you develop your …

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Book Launch: Banjarmelati

26 Oct 2018 15:30 /

In a traditional Javanese Muslim village, a career woman returns from Jakarta and reveals the story of her life, urging her two siblings to reveal their own. From Banjarmelati to …

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Book Launch: Komodo – In Pursuit of the Living Legends

26 Oct 2018 16:00 /

Photographer Volker Kess captures the realm of the Komodo dragons in an impressive and lively compilation – eye-catching photos and exciting anecdotes, supported by background information and personal thoughts. Volker’s …

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Film Program: Love is A Bird (2018)

26 Oct 2018 16:00 /

Richard Oh’s fifth feature Love is a Bird follows Darma who, leaving Jakarta with a camera, finds himself in Yogyakarta. A street dancer catches his attention, and he shadows her …

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Festival Club: The Epic

Inspired by the Ramayana and Shakespeare’s Othello, The Epic unites images, animation, music and voice to tell the story of a beautiful, other-worldly foundling and an ingenious outsider: a tale …

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Art Exhibition: Borobudur Under the Full Moon

26 Oct 2018 17:00 /

Praised by renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado, and sponsored by UNESCO, this exhibition features Caroline and Hughes Dubois’ extraordinary photos of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, taken under a full …

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Live Music & Arts: Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi: Dear You

26 Oct 2018 17:00 / /

As the sun sets, head to Taman Puisi for an hour devoted to your own writing and expression. One of the insightful instructors of The Jakarta Post Writing Center, Debra …

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Festival Club: Retronesia

If these walls could talk! ’50s futurism, tropical art deco, Indo-European Indische: Indonesia is home to a little-known trove of architectural treasures. Join unlikely explorer and retro enthusiast Tariq Khalil …

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Film Program: Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) (2017)

26 Oct 2018 19:00 /

Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) is an adaptation of Leila S. Chudori’s second novel, directed by Pritagita Arianegara and produced by Dian Sastrowardoyo Foundation and Cineria Films. From …

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Festival Club: The Last Wild Men of Borneo

In The Last Wild Men of Borneo, Carl Hoffman traces the fortunes of two Western explorers who travelled deep into the wild heart of Borneo. Their paths were different but …

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Live Music & Arts: Poetry Slam

26 Oct 2018 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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Festival Club: Buku Kuku-Ku

Groundbreaking toy designer, writer and illustrator Cipta Croft-Cusworth brings his unique multimedia shadow puppet performance with live storytelling to Bar Luna. Telling the tale of the creation of the universe …

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