Program Category: Main Program Day 2


Main Program | Guy Gunaratne: In Our Mad and Furious City

25 Oct 2019 09:00 /

“We’re sure Guy is set for big things,” said Metro on the release of Guy Gunaratne’s novel In Our Mad and Furious City, a snapshot of 48 hours in the …

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Main Program | Rise of the Tiger

25 Oct 2019 09:00 /

Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the 16th largest in the world. By 2030, it’s predicted to be the fourth largest in the world. What will it take to …

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Main Program | Throwing Out the Rule Book

25 Oct 2019 09:00 /

It takes an adventurous writer to throw tried and tested structures out the window and play with the infinite possibilities of text – and an even more intrepid reader to …

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Main Program | Imagining the Past

25 Oct 2019 10:15 /

Weaving fiction with historical threads is no easy feat. It demands a constant juggling act between the factual and the imaginary, reality and memory. Our panel explores the challenges and …

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Main Program | The Karma of Comedy

25 Oct 2019 10:15 /

From gentle mockery to caustic sarcasm, there’s a victim at the butt of most good laughs. Must comedy be cruel to work, and does that mean comedians have a free …

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Main Program | Yotam Ottolenghi: Simple

25 Oct 2019 10:15 /

“In this day and age recipes are abundant… I love that I can learn a little bit more, whether it’s political, philosophical, historical, or personal.” For Yotam Ottolenghi, food is …

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Main Program | Bali’s Art Activists

25 Oct 2019 11:45 /

The work of the island’s local contemporary artists and writers provides a window into Bali beyond the beaches and swaying palms. Meet a young writer and literacy activist fostering a …

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Main Program | Andreas Harsono: Race, Islam and Power

25 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Andreas Harsono has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch since 2008. His new book Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia is the result of his …

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Main Program | Lindy West: The Witches are Coming

25 Oct 2019 11:45 /

There’s no stopping feminist firebrand Lindy West as she takes on trolls, fat shamers, gender stereotypers, pop culture and politicians with biting clarity and sass. Hear from the writer Esquire …

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Main Program | Lessons Learned

25 Oct 2019 13:00 /

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in,” muses Murakami in Kafka on the Shore. Love a good true, transformative story? A …

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Main Program | Rhik Samadder: I Never Said I Loved You

25 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Actor, broadcaster and writer Rhik Samadder’s memoir about mental illness, bad acting, backpacking with his mother, and the infinite ache of being alive was described by The Guardian’s Kate Kellaway …

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Main Program | Indonesian, Elsewhere

25 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Around 9 million Indonesians live and work overseas, along with countless descendants of Indonesian migrants. Our panel of orang Indonesia living in diaspora recount their personal experiences of what it …

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Main Program | The Role of the Arts in Cultural Diplomacy

25 Oct 2019 14:30 /

“We’re fractured nations because we’re not reading or translating each other,” said Malaysian author Bernice Chauly during the UWRF17 panel on the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. Join our group of …

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Main Program | How Can Bali Survive?

25 Oct 2019 14:30 /

A small island of 4.3 million, Bali received almost 16 million tourists last year. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of the economy, making it an indispensable source of livelihood and …

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Main Program | Weapons of Mass Distortion

25 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Indonesia has 150 million internet users and 800,000 hoax-distributing websites, according to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. In a system swimming with fake news, what is the relationship …

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Main Program | Outside, Inside

25 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Migrants are frequently represented as outsiders in literature, powerless and vulnerable. Our panel is rewriting tropes of migration in groundbreaking ways, granting agency to people on the move and as …

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Main Program | Sartorial Art for Impact

25 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Meet our panel of creatives who tell stories with textiles. Whether advocating for the conservation of traditional Indonesian weaving, finding joy in bursts of color, or dressing to defy censorship …

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Main Program | Is All Contemporary Fiction Speculative Fiction?

25 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Speculative fiction has lurked in the shadows of the literary scene for years while realism hogged the limelight. Now, as the natural and political spheres crumble around us, speculative fiction’s …

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