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.


Live Music & Arts | Poétique Ensemble

26 Oct 2019 19:00 / /

Matthias Gault grafted a cello string onto his viola and taps his instrument like a drum. Ayouba Ali’s voice leads us to the crossroads of classical, pop and world music. …

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Film Screening | 27 Steps Of May (2018)

26 Oct 2019 19:00 /

Loosely based on the rapes of Chinese Indonesian women during the May 1998 riots, 27 Steps of May tells the story of May who was gang raped when she was …

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Festival Club | A Storyteller’s Life

Adriaan van Dis’ book Repatriated was published to great acclaim and translated around the world – so naturally, the next step was to team up with Peter van Dongen for …

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Festival Club | A Shared Past and Future

Join four storytellers from The Netherlands with a family history in Indonesia as they explore the influence of Indo-Dutch roots, colonialism and migration on their work. Through conversation and performance, …

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Live Music & Arts | [untitled]

26 Oct 2019 21:00 / /

Join host Maeve Marsden for an evening of tales from the margins, stories of pride, prejudice and finding community through a shared experience of difference. Maeve’s award-winning storytelling event sells …

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Live Music & Arts | Moe Clark: Poetic Transformation

26 Oct 2019 21:15 / /

Métis performing artist Moe Clark draws from multilingual lyricism to create meaning rooted in personal legacy. Join the looping pedal mistress, spoken word poet and nomadic songbird for a magical …

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Children & Youth | Creative Writing through Circus Skills

27 Oct 2019 10:00 /

Circus is a fun and interactive way to access your inner creative writing process. It can be used as a tool for team building and overcoming many different obstacles. In …

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Children & Youth | Every Picture Tells a Story

27 Oct 2019 10:00 /

What do you see? What do you hear? How do you like to tell stories? Let your imagination run wild when you use pictures to feel inspired. In this workshop …

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Book Launch | The Colour of Things Unseen

27 Oct 2019 14:00 /

Adi leaves his village in Central Java to attend art school in Sydney, Australia. After four years of study and a successful exhibition, Adi summons the courage to begin a …

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Children & Youth | Develop Your Poetry

27 Oct 2019 14:00 /

In this workshop, writer and teacher Maryam Azam will share the theories and techniques that guide her poetic practice. You will have the opportunity to use these strategies to write …

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Book Launch | Tutur Feminis Meluruhkan yang Biner

27 Oct 2019 14:00 /

This coloring book is a collection of thoughts and feelings based on conversations with five women who are leaders in their respective areas. They are writers, strategists, scholars and facilitators …

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Film Screening | Bibliographia (2013)

27 Oct 2019 15:00 / /

A film by João Manso and Miguel-Manso, a Portuguese poet part of this year’s Main Program. In the summer of 1969, four friends rode a raft down the rivers Zêzere …

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Book Launch | UWRF19 Bilingual Anthology

27 Oct 2019 16:00 /

Each year UWRF puts a call out to emerging writers across the archipelago: send us your stories. From hundreds of submissions, the most outstanding new Indonesian voices are published in …

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Satellite Program Banjarmasin | New Home, New Hope

Come and meet Jenny Zhang and Cynthia Dewi Oka. Jenny was born in Shanghai. When she was five-years-old, she immigrated to New York City to join her father, and now …

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Satellite Program Jakarta | Book Club with Terence Ward

What would it be like to be born in the USA, but spend your childhood in Saudi Arabia and Iran? Writer, documentarian, and cross-cultural consultant, Terence Ward received the Iranian …

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Satellite Program Banten | A Conversation with Terence Ward

No religion has received as much misunderstanding in recent years as Islam. Meet Terence Ward, a writer and cross-cultural consultant who has advised corporations and governments in clarifying cultural and …

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Satellite Program Berau | Writing About Family and History

Centered on a community of immigrants in 1990s New York City, Chinese-American author Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart examines the ways that family and history can weigh us down, but also …

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Satellite Program Berau | A Poetic Sanctuary

Come and meet Canadian-Indonesian-American author, poet and activist Cynthia Dewi Oka, as she shares her experience of working with a community of migrant poets in Philadelphia, USA. How did poetry …

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Satellite Program Semarang | Writing Can Change Everything

Can writing change your life? Come and meet this diverse group of writers as they share how reading and writing has shaped their lives. From memoir to fiction, how was …

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Satellite Program Semarang | Writing The Fish Girl

Mirandi Riwoe’s award-winning novella, The Fish Girl, tells the story of an Indonesian girl who moves from a small fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant. …

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