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.


Film Screening: As Worlds Divide

27 Oct 2017 19:30 / /

Captured over a nine-year period, feature documentary As Worlds Divide was produced with the goal of preventing the loss of Indigenous culture of the Mentawai Islands off West Sumatra. Along …

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Film Screening: Istirahatlah Kata-kata (Solo, Solitude)

27 Oct 2017 20:45 / /

Written and directed by Yosep Anggi Noen, Istirahatlah Kata-kata (Solo, Solitude) is a biopic about Indonesian poet-activist Wiji Thukul, an opponent of the Suharto regime whose whereabouts are still unknown. …

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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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Children & Youth: Feline Fables at Villa Kitty

Let your imagination follow in the paw prints of Villa Kitty’s furry friends. Tom Lang writes funny, entertaining animal books, and he will show you how to create special stories …

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Book Launch: Sai Rai

28 Oct 2017 14:00 /

A girl is turned to stone, but gives life from her tears. A young man who is in love with his mother wants to return into the woman who gave …

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Emerging Voices: Write!

Punya mimpi buat jadi penulis bestseller atau jurnalis yang disegani? Jika jawabannya iya dan mimpi itu membuat kamu tersenyum, maka jangan ragu untuk mengejar mimpimu dan hadir di sesi ini. …

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Children & Youth: Awesome Creatures

In this multimedia playshop, celebrate the wonder of life on earth with amazing species that seem mythical but are in fact real. As the team at Yellow Coco conjure up …

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Film Screening: How to Change the World

28 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Join leading climate scientist Tim Flannery for a snapshot of the environmental challenges and opportunities facing the Asia Pacific. The Body Shop Indonesia’s Suzy Hutomo will lead a discussion on …

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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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Book Launch: Believe, Commit, Act

28 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Have you ever been overwhelmed with fears and past experiences that keep you from moving towards your goals? Believe, Commit, Act shows you how to clear distractions, make powerful decisions …

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Book Launch: Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design

28 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Arguing that consumerism is the main engine driving climate change, Somebody Else’s Problem calls for a radical change in how we think about, design, make and use everyday products and …

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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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Book Launch: Going Global: Kita Semua Bisa Mendunia

28 Oct 2017 17:15 /

From Sumatra to East Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan to Papua, this inspiring collection of Indonesian success stories proves that no matter where you come from, you can become a global citizen. …

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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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Art Exhibit: Bali Cosmology: Authentic & Educative Art

28 Oct 2017 18:00 /

Bali Cosmology is a family collaboration between artist, educator and environmental activist Made Bayak, art teacher and fellow Indonesian Art Institute graduate, Komang Kartika Dewi, and their 11-year-old son Damar …

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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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Festival Club @ Bar Luna: Read to Me

Join emerging and established Australian and international cartoonists Sarah Glidden, Rachel Ang, Thi Bui, Campbell Whyte, Josh Santospirito, Sarah Firth, Eleri Harris, Max Loh and Fionn McCabe for live storytelling. …

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Special Event: Late Night Laughs

28 Oct 2017 22:00 /

It’s Saturday night and the penultimate night of the Festival – it’s time to let your hair down. We’ve plucked the funniest guests from the Festival lineup to get you …

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