Program Category: Main Program

From intimate in-conversations between leading authors, artists, thinkers, and performers, to fiery debates on some of the region’s most pressing issues, the Main Program takes place from 27–30 October.

Spanning 63 sessions over four days, it’s held across three venues: Festival Hub @ Taman Baca, and Indus Restaurant all within walking distance of each other on Jl. Raya Sanggingan. A free shuttle runs between each venue and Museum Puri Lukisan on Jl. Raya Ubud every 30 minutes, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.


Main Program | Festival Welcome

27 Oct 2022 09:00 /

Join us as Ubud Writers & Readers Festival begins with a traditional Balinese welcome dance, a warm welcome from out Founder and Director Janet Deneefe. This year we celebrate 19 …

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Main Program | Keynote with Putu Oka Sukanta

27 Oct 2022 09:15 /

We reflect on the extraordinary life and immense contribution that Putu Oka Sukanta has made to Indonesian literature over more than 40 years. Imprisoned for 10 years during the Soeharto …

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Main Program | Rekindling Dormant Languages

27 Oct 2022 10:15 /

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein. Language is imbued with cultural values, ways of thinking, and histories that must be preserved and …

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Main Program | In Conversation with Michael Vatikiotis

27 Oct 2022 10:15 /

Lives Between the Lines is a family story of Michael Vatikiotis’s grandparents and parents in the Levant, spanning from the mid-1800s to the end of the Second World War in …

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Main Program | Writing Inner Worlds

27 Oct 2022 10:15 /

Though the stories we read may be fiction, often at their heart are characters that feel genuine and real. How does a writer know where to begin writing these inner …

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Main Program | Parallel Lives: Living Between Cultures

27 Oct 2022 11:30 /

How do we create belonging and space for ourselves to feel a sense of inclusion? Our speakers come together to discuss their experiences of living between cultures and the importance …

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Main Program | Eco Feminism: Earthly Connections

27 Oct 2022 11:30 /

Saras Dewi, Doctor of Philosophy and author of Ecophenomenology, and Esther Vincent Xueming, author of Red Earth, an ecofeminist poetry collection, discuss the connections between feminism, healing, and ecology and …

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Main Program | Diversity in Literary Spaces

27 Oct 2022 11:30 /

As we celebrate the growing rise in diverse stories and representation on bookshelves around the world, it remains important to acknowledge how far the literary industry has left to go. …

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Main Program | Voices of Our Young Generation

27 Oct 2022 12:45 /

Two voices from the younger generation, Laksmi DeNeefe Suardana and Andovi Da Lopez, will invite us to empathize with literacy issues and social problems around us. Both of them are …

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Main Program | In Conversation with Kylie Moore-Gilbert

27 Oct 2022 12:45 /

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a scholar of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, tells of her false imprisonment in Iran from September 2018 to November 2020. Her memoir The Uncaged Sky is a detailed, beautifully …

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