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.


Children & Youth: Fantastical Facts

Take inspiration from the world around us to create your own fantastic stories! Author and science educator Cristy Burne will help you tap into serious superpowers and spooky surprises in …

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Children & Youth: Passion for Fashion

Have you always wanted to design your own clothes? Ani Himawati from Ubud fashion boutique Love Stories Market will let you in on her secrets, then you’ll get to work …

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Book Launch: Estonia: Simply Beautiful

29 Oct 2017 13:30 /

Estonia is a beautiful land rich in charming contrasts. The ancient soul of the country is represented by its architecture and rustic way of life, while its modern dynamics can …

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Emerging Voices: Perform!

Kalau dunia fashion membuatmu terpukau atau panggung konser selalu memanggil jiwamu, maka kemungkinan besar di sanalah masa depan kamu berada. Hadiri sesi ini dan pelajari apa yang kamu butuhkan untuk …

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Book Launch: The Banda Islands: Hidden Histories and Miracles

29 Oct 2017 15:30 /

The Banda Islands have long fascinated explorers, anthropologists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists. These ‘islands of spicerie’, tiny, almost indiscernible specks on the map of Southeast Asia, have witnessed key …

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Book Launch: Sarap Ve Ask Masali

29 Oct 2017 16:00 /

Widie Purwo has founded various literature and arts communities, and through them he blends the classic with the contemporary and cultivates marginalized stories. Join him for the launch of his …

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Live Music & Arts: Closing Night Party

29 Oct 2017 19:00 / /

You can’t miss this – the final night of the Festival is an evening of music, dance, and celebration with Festival friends old and new. Make memories to last a …

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Satellite Program: Surabaya // Crime Fiction and Creativity

30 Oct 2017 12:45 /

Australian author Jock Serong received the 2015 Crime Writing Association of Australia Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, while his bestselling The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for …

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Satellite Program: Solo // Preserving Minority Voices through Writing

31 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Writer and literary translator Tenzin Dickie is the Editor of The Treasury of Lives, a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, inner Asia, and the Himalaya. Highlighting rarely-heard voices and exploring little-known …

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Satellite Program: Solo // Found in Translation

31 Oct 2017 13:00 /

“A different language is a different vision of life,” said Italian film director Federico Fellini. Writer and literary translator Tenzin Dickie is the Editor of the first English language anthology …

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Satellite Program: Jakarta // Preserving Minority Voices through Writing

01 Nov 2017 18:30 /

Writer and literary translator Tenzin Dickie is the Editor of The Treasury of Lives, a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, inner Asia, and the Himalaya. Highlighting rarely-heard voices and exploring little-known …

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Satellite Program: Bandung // Returning to our ‘Origins’

01 Nov 2017 09:00 /

UWRF17 was explored through the theme of ‘Origins’, drawn from the Hindu philosophy ‘Sangkan Paraning Dumadi’. The theme evokes our eternal connection to where we have come from, and to …

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Satellite Program: Yogyakarta // Narrating History with Simon Winchester

02 Nov 2017 13:00 /

After decades of writing about extraordinary events, Simon Winchester is renowned for his witty and informative books covering a diverse array of subjects. One of the world’s master storytellers, Simon …

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Satellite Program: Yogyakarta // A Case for Curiosity

02 Nov 2017 18:00 /

Simon Winchester, bestselling author of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, heads to the majestic nDalem Natan to share some of his extraordinary stories. Simon’s non-fiction works cover a vast …

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Satellite Program: Jakarta // UWRF Comes to JIS

16 Nov 2017 9.15 /

UWRF is coming to JIS! This is your chance to meet two exciting speakers fresh from this year’s Festival. Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is a standup comedian challenging violence, extremism and promoting …

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