Program Category: Front Row Reserve Tickets

Save yourself an upfront seat at the Festival’s highlight Main Program sessions with our Front Row Reserve tickets for IDR 50,000.

Available only with a valid 1-Day and 4-Day Main Program pass.


Main Program: Nh. Dini: A Living Literary Legend

A living legend of Indonesian literature, Nh. Dini will reveal the flame that sustained her prolific writing career spanning more than five decades. Listen in as she narrates her colorful …

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Main Program: China’s Women

With Wild Swans, Jung Chang illuminated the lives of three generations of women in China. Former rocket factory worker Lijia Zhang’s Lotus, inspired by her grandmother’s experiences, tells the story …

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Main Program: Madeleine Thien: Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Spanning decades and diasporas, Madeleine Thien’s stories “remind us what fiction can do” (New Statesman). She takes the UWRF stage to discuss the Booker-shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing, …

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Main Program: A Question of Faith

For these writers, an intellectual engagement with religion has been an ongoing preoccupation. What can an objective discussion of religion teach us in a time when fundamentalism is dividing societies? …

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Main Program: Past, Present, Future

“It’s all a cycle and it should resonate now,” reflects Madeleine Thien on the connections between history and the present. She’s joined by Bernice Chauly and Sergio Chejfec to explore …

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Main Program: Ian Rankin: A Life of Crime

He’s the wit and wickedness behind the beloved Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox, read in 22 languages around the world. Celebrating 30 years of Rebus, Ian Rankin brings a …

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Main Program: Tim Flannery: Sunlight and Seaweed

It can be hard to feel hope in the face of daily news updates on climate change and our threatened environment. Scientist, writer and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim …

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Main Program: Simon Winchester: A Case for Curiosity

An intellectual adventurer armed with insatiable curiosity, Simon Winchester’s bestselling books of narrative history include The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded and most recently, Pacific. …

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Main Program: Jung Chang: Writing Modern China

Jung Chang’s seminal Wild Swans is considered to be the most widely read book on China, ever. A scholar and historian, she has returned to her place of birth as …

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Main Program: Pierre Coffin: Movies and Minions

Did that Minion just say terima kasih? French-Indonesian animated film director and voice actor Pierre Coffin is the man behind the little yellow characters from the Despicable Me franchise, emblazoned …

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