Program Category: Main Program


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Welcome Dance

27 Oct 2016 09:00 /

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2016 begins with a traditional Balinese welcome dance.

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Festival Welcome

27 Oct 2016 09:15 /

Join us as Festival Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe opens the 2016 UWRF, celebrating thirteen years of bringing together Indonesia and the world’s most fascinating writers and thinkers.

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Keynote with Seno Gumira Ajidarma

27 Oct 2016 09:30 /

Seno Gumira Ajidarma’s works reflect the undying rebel in his heart, bravely tackling political oppression. This award-winning novelist is also one of the curators of the UWRF’s annual anthology. Start …

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Keynote with Anastasia Lin

27 Oct 2016 09:45 /

Barred from China for outspoken views on her home country’s human rights violations, actress and beauty pageant titleholder Anastasia Lin continues to advocate for recognition and justice. As the Festival …

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First Languages

27 Oct 2016 10:15 /

What is the impact of one language upon another? Australia and Indonesia have a wealth of indigenous languages, yet a single language dominates public life and, of course, publishing. These …

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Eka Kurniawan: Beyond Beauty is a Wound

27 Oct 2016 10:15 / /

Hear from one of the most promising Indonesian authors of this decade: Eka Kurniawan has earned international recognition with his critically-acclaimed works – most notably Beauty is a Wound and …

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In Order to Live

27 Oct 2016 10:15 /

Joan Didion famously wrote, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Four writers unpack the way stories help us navigate the world and understand each other, and what the …

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Suki Kim: Undercover in North Korea

27 Oct 2016 10:15 / /

In 2011, investigative journalist Suki Kim went undercover in North Korea. Posing as a missionary and a teacher, she taught English to the 19-year-old sons of North Korea’s ruling class. …

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The View From Here

27 Oct 2016 11:30 /

Will we remember 2016 as the year everything changed? What effect will global events such as Brexit, the US election, and increased acts of terrorism have on Southeast Asia? Is …

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Side by Side

27 Oct 2016 11:30 /

When natural disasters strike, we’re all in it together. Hear from two artists whose work with the HANDs! project is uniting young people from across Asia and equipping the next …

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Tat Tvam Asi

27 Oct 2016 11:30 /

From the terrestrial to the celestial, Tat Tvam Asi – or ‘I am you, you are me’ – is our 2016 theme. In a year of political upheavals, rising violence, …

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Tethered Travel

27 Oct 2016 11:30 /

From Airbnb to Google Maps: has the internet robbed travel of its romance and adventure? Has the great unknown been replaced by TripAdvisor and daily Facebook updates? Pack your bag …

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Being the Change

27 Oct 2016 13:00 /

From brave dreams to bold action and big results, these four activists working in diverse fields – youth advocacy, human trafficking, climate change, deforestation – come together to chart the …

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Magda Szubanski: Reckoning

27 Oct 2016 13:00 / /

“If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.” One of Australia’s best-loved performers takes the UWRF stage to reflect …

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The Art of Reading

27 Oct 2016 13:00 / /

In an age of pop-ups, listicles and clickbait, have we forgotten how to read? Does the act demand courage, patience and curiosity? From Asterix to Aristotle, prize-winning philosopher Damon Young …

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Fact or Fiction

27 Oct 2016 13:00 /

Sometimes history can be more astounding than fiction. These writers discuss the struggle to sift fact from myth, and balance the tension between story and truth, without losing the plot!

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Paradise Revisited

27 Oct 2016 14:15 /

From busloads of tourists and bustling beaches, to Balinese Hinduism and a global voice, Bali is a place that knows how to adapt. Join this high-spirited session for a look …

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All the Single Ladies

27 Oct 2016 14:15 /

Single-by-choice, salary-independent and devoted to solo living, the single woman occupies a more powerful social, political, and economic position than ever before. What does the landscape look like across different …

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The Secret Life of Festivals

27 Oct 2016 14:15 /

What brought you here today? Are you a seasoned festival fiend or an intrepid first-timer? A group of festival-makers from around the world, including the UWRF’s Founder and Director Janet …

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Reading the Archipelago

27 Oct 2016 14:15 /

Last year, we explored the 17,000 islands of imagination. Set sail again beyond Jakarta and Bali with these translators and curators to hear how the Festival’s Emerging Writers Program has …

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