Program Category: Main Program

From intimate in-conversations between leading authors, artists, thinkers and performers, to fiery debates on some of the world’s most pressing issues, the Festival’s Main Program takes place from 26–29 October.

Spanning 72 sessions over four days, the program is held across three venues: Festival Hub @ Taman Baca, Indus Restaurant and NEKA Museum, which are all within walking distance of each other on Jl. Raya Sanggingan. A free shuttle service runs between each venue and Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud central every 30 minutes, from 8:00am to 6:00pm.


Main Program: A Critical Eye

27 Oct 2017 10:15 /

The best criticism can be a compass to guide us through rugged cultural terrain, deepening our understanding of books, films, art and more. What does it take to become an …

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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: Once Upon a Time

27 Oct 2017 11:45 /

It had to start somewhere: was it a particular story? A house full of books? An unforgettable teacher? Or was it a favorite band, a pile of magazines, the freedom …

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Main Program: Héctor Abad: First Person

27 Oct 2017 11:45 /

His brilliant depictions of contemporary Colombian society have won readers around the world. In Oblivion, the memoir of his father’s life and murder by Colombian paramilitaries, personal events are the …

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Main Program: Dazzling Debuts

27 Oct 2017 11:45 /

You get one chance to make a first impression, and these authors did so with a splash! They’ll take us on the journey from unpublished hopeful to bestseller lists, film …

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Main Program: Where We Get Our News

27 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Stephen Fry recently called for Facebook, Twitter and other ‘aggregators’ to be classified as publishers, arguing they shirk responsibility for the content they prioritize. Many users lack the knowledge (or …

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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: In Other Words

27 Oct 2017 13:00 /

In the words of Federico Fellini, “A different language is a different vision of life.” For these writers and translators, language is a way of life. They’ll dissect the art …

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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: Eastern Winds of Change

27 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Once on the outskirts of the Indonesian literary landscape, the eastern part of the archipelago now boasts some of the country’s most promising and exciting young writers. Listen to these …

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Main Program: Sutardji Calzoum Bachri: The Chanting Poet

27 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Iconic literary figure Sutardji once turned Indonesia’s time-worn poetry traditions upside down after proclaiming the liberation of words from their shackles of socially-enforced meanings. In an age of Twitwars and …

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Main Program: The Walking Cure

27 Oct 2017 15:45 /

“The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise […] but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. Fall …

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Main Program: One Thousand and One Writes

27 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Hailing from Iran and creating a new chapter in diasporic literature, these writers have their roots in a literary tradition spanning two-and-a-half millennia. They’ll contemplate the influence of this heritage, …

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Main Program: Questions of Travel

27 Oct 2017 15:45 /

“To travel is to live,” mused Hans Christian Anderson. But in places defined by tourism, how deeply do we consider the impact our presence has on the places we pass …

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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: The Last Taboo?

28 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Why is class such a taboo topic in the 21st century? It remains deeply embedded in most societies, yet many of us deny its existence with rhetoric around equal opportunity …

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Main Program: Simon Armitage: From Punk to Poet

28 Oct 2017 09:00 /

“I’ve always tried to think of poetry as an active ingredient in the language…” From a life-long passion for rock music to his post as Oxford Professor of Poetry, poet, …

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Main Program: True Stories

28 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Intimate, personal, and revelatory: memoir and biography take us into the lives of real people. A pleasure for the reader, this raises questions for the writer: How much creative license …

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Main Program: Half a Century of ASEAN

28 Oct 2017 10:15 /

In August 1967, ASEAN began as a collective of five countries. Now ten strong, it celebrates 50 years in 2017. We invite writers from across the region to share their …

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Main Program: Postcards from the Page

28 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Hit the road with writers and editors whose words have inspired intrepid explorers and armchair adventurers alike. Juggling delights, delays, and deadlines is all in a day’s work for these …

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