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 24–27 October.

Spanning 70 sessions over four days, it’s 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 runs between each venue and Museum Puri Lukisan on Jl. Raya Ubud every 30 minutes, from 8:00am to 6:00pm.


Main Program | Susan Orlean: We Are All Storytellers

26 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Susan Orlean’s curiosity has fueled a career researching flowers, famous dogs and fires. A bestselling author who has written prolifically for The New York Times, her latest book, The Library …

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Main Program | Reza Aslan: God: A Human History

26 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Born into a Shia Muslim family that migrated to the US after fleeing the Iranian Revolution, Reza Aslan converted to Christianity as a teen and then returned to Islam. He …

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Main Program | Read to Me: Poetry

26 Oct 2019 13:00 /

We’ve gathered a stellar line up of UWRF’s finest to regale you with all things poetic. There’s nothing left for you to do but pick up some lunch from a …

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Main Program | The Unsung Heroes of Literature

26 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Translators are the unsung heroes of literature. Transposing literal meaning never cuts it: translators are always reliant on context, making constant calls of judgement. It’s because of their overlooked efforts …

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Main Program | Rewriting the Classics

26 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Dante’s Divine Comedy woven into a story about human trafficking. Pride and Prejudice as a Muslim rom com in modern-day Toronto. The ‘Malay trollope’ in W. Somerset Maugham’s The Four …

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Main Program | Compete or Collaborate?

26 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Living within a community can stoke the embers of our competitive side. From creatives to women to entrepreneurs, our panel of team players urges us to consider shifting that competitive …

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Main Program | Tony Wheeler: On Travel

26 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Described by The New York Times as “the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travelers,” Lonely Planet Co-founder Tony Wheeler’s new book On Travel is a celebration …

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Main Program | Peripheral Vision

26 Oct 2019 14:30 /

A nation of more than 17,000 islands yet – just like with its presidents – when it comes to publishing those from outside Java are too often overlooked. But the …

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Main Program | Tasting Memories

26 Oct 2019 15:45 /

“Food is the best way to explore a culture,” says our Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe. For these foodie scribes, writing about it is also the best way to explore …

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Main Program | Homegrown Heroes

26 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Indonesian comic superheroes have long been in the stranglehold of foreign character translations. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe is creating demand for local superheroes, along with Gundala, an upcoming film …

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Main Program | Talking ‘Bout a Revolution

26 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Countries on the precipice of revolution make for fascinating literary fodder. Travel back to times a-changin’ for Indonesia, Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe – from colonial regime to revolutionary uprising …

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Main Program | Richard Fidler: Back in Time

27 Oct 2019 09:00 /

Richard Fidler is taking his gift for storytelling back in time. He has traipsed through Istanbul uncovering legendary Constantinople with his son, and journeyed to the sites of the beautiful …

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Main Program | Millennial Memoir

27 Oct 2019 09:00 /

Memoirs are no longer seen as the self-indulgent domain of those at the end of long and accomplished lives: millennials around the world are writing fresh and compelling stories, tackling …

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Main Program | Life After #MeToo

27 Oct 2019 09:00 /

The dust has far from settled on #MeToo, “a movement that represents probably the greatest and most conspicuous collaboration of women since the suffragettes”, according to Sam George-Allen. With the …

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Main Program | Walk the Thought

27 Oct 2019 10:15 /

From Jesus to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Austen to Abramovic, Dickens to Darwin, the big thinkers needed to keep moving to keep thinking. Our panel reflects on the importance of putting one …

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Main Program | Blending In, Blending Out

27 Oct 2019 10:15 /

In our globalized world, love, work, curiosity and the quest for a better life mean we’re moving across borders, languages and cultures like never before. Our panelists have all called …

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Main Program | Reading in the Age of Instagram

27 Oct 2019 10:15 /

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Netflix… as we become increasingly screen-addicted, how can a humble book compete? The impact of social media addiction and binge-watching TV series on our reading habits …

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Main Program | Akala: Natives

27 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Award-winning hip-hop artist Akala’s bestselling Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire is a searing polemic on race and class in the British Empire. With a life and …

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Main Program | Moving Pictures

27 Oct 2019 11:45 /

The way we consume stories is rapidly changing, and the popularity of graphic novels, memoirs and other types of visual storytelling for adult audiences proves images can capture enthralling narratives. …

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Main Program | Indonesian Cinema as Soft Power

27 Oct 2019 11:45 /

With a vast domestic market and burgeoning production power, Indonesia’s film industry has huge potential. In recent times, Indonesian films and industry professionals have enjoyed rising international prominence. Could Indonesian …

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