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: In Memory of My Feelings

Inspired by Frank O’Hara’s poem, In Memory of My Feelings, this workshop will use an emotion as the basis for writing. Through poetry, prose, a short story, or nonfiction, the …

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Children & Youth: The Power of Words

Are you a young poet or writer who loves playing with words? Join poet, short story writer, storyteller, playwright, novelist, actor, musician and painter Apirana Taylor for a fun-filled workshop …

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Children & Youth: Small Acts of Kindness

The Festival’s theme is Jagadhita. One kind of harmony in the world we create is often achieved by simple acts of kindness. From a short story, you will recollect an …

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Book Launch: Buddha is a Punk Skater

28 Oct 2018 14:00 /

In a teaching career spanning decades, Wayne Furlong might just have seen it all. Buddha is a Punk Skater captures the life lessons learned along the way, in a look …

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Book Launch: Prayers on Canvas: Paintings, Spirituality and Humanity

28 Oct 2018 14:30 /

Prayers on Canvas or Wirid on Canvas is the first book celebrating the work of Nasirun, one of Indonesia’s greatest living painters. During a period of energy and inspiration the …

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Book Launch: Angkot dan Bus Minangkabau. Budaya Pop dan Nilai-nilai Populer

28 Oct 2018 15:00 /

Creative, funny, dynamic, nyentrik – the vibrant pop art on the wildly decorated buses and passenger vans (angkot) of West Sumatra is a sight to behold. This bilingual book, translated …

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Film Program: Etgar Keret: Based on True Story (2017)

28 Oct 2018 15:00 /

People from all over the world have come to love Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s surreal short stories in which he plays with fantasy and reality. His own life, too, seems …

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Book Launch: Touring Reality Without a Guide

28 Oct 2018 15:30 /

Short, short stories that resonate in the mind for a long, long time. This is a unique flash fiction collection for grownups who envy their kid’s illustrated books, giving readers …

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Live Music & Arts: Closing Night Party

28 Oct 2018 19:00 / /

You can’t miss this – the last night of the Festival is a joyous evening of music, dance, and appreciation. From Aceh to Borneo to Ireland, these performances are testament …

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Fringe Event: Ubud Book Club

Ubud Book Club is the only local monthly get-together for bibliophiles, and for its October session the featured book is Festival headliner Hanif Kureishi’s The Nothing. Relish its wicked humor, …

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