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: Nusrat Durrani: Love in a Time of Hate

28 Oct 2017 11:45 /

The confluence of globalization, social media and technology has created unprecedented opportunity to connect the world and build bridges of understanding – especially through storytelling. A firm believer in the …

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Main Program: The Mother Lode

28 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Tap into a rich vein of inspiration as we mine motherhood in all its meanings. From mythologies of mother earth to the stories we inherit from our own mothers, the …

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Main Program: Simon Winchester: A Case for Curiosity

An intellectual adventurer armed with insatiable curiosity, Simon Winchester’s bestselling books of narrative history include The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded and most recently, Pacific. …

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Main Program: Bali in Frame

28 Oct 2017 13:00 /

From the Majapahit Empire to the modern day, Balinese art has experienced groundbreaking periods of creativity. Join these young creatives – a painter, a photographer, an illustrator and a street …

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Main Program: Sharing Stories with the World

28 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators is a think tank of individuals from across the region at the forefront of writing and publishing. Fresh from the tenth annual conference right here …

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Main Program: Aftermath

28 Oct 2017 13:00 /

What happens after the fighting ceases and the cameras stop filming? As the world moves on, scars remain for individuals, communities and entire nations. Casting a survey across Cambodia, India, …

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Main Program: Andreas Harsono: Keeping a Close Watch

28 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Numerous alarming events occurred in Indonesia this year. Among them, Jakarta’s popular ‘double minority’ governor was ousted in an election tainted with racist and radical rallies, and the Corruption Eradication …

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Main Program: Chapter and Verse

28 Oct 2017 14:30 /

For these writers, poetry is part of a constellation of creative expression. Writing from different cultures and literary traditions, they convene to compare notes on their poetry practice, writing women’s …

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Main Program: Paradise in Peril?

28 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Bali perpetually tops lists of the world’s favorite holiday destinations, but like most tourism hotpots it has its fair share of issues. From the environmental to the ethical: how much …

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Main Program: Jung Chang: Writing Modern China

Jung Chang’s seminal Wild Swans is considered to be the most widely read book on China, ever. A scholar and historian, she has returned to her place of birth as …

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Main Program: Moving Images

28 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Some films entertain while some trigger social change. Four of the Festival’s finest film minds step out from behind the camera to share their experiences challenging stereotypes, documenting social struggles …

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Main Program: Captivating Comics

28 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Adults read real books, and real books don’t contain pictures. For years, this was (and to some extent still is) how comics were perceived: as childish entertainment. But creators the …

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Main Program: Ben Sohib: Laughter is the Best Medicine

29 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Could humor be one of the much-needed antidotes for a country often grappling with religious, political and ethnic divides? Ben Sohib, an Indonesian of multi-ethnic descent who champions religious tolerance, …

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Main Program: Short and Sweet

29 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Short stories and flash fiction offer satisfying storytelling in petite packages. Are these the perfect formats for attention spans attenuated by modern life? Do different cultures have their own short …

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Main Program: Fuchsia Dunlop: Land of Plenty

29 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Described by the Observer Food Monthly as “a happy mix of scholarly and gluttonous”, Fuchsia Dunlop’s stories and recipes take us deep into the culinary heart of China. Join a …

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Main Program: The Founders

29 Oct 2017 10:15 /

What does it really take to start something from scratch? What’s the best recipe for turning a dream into reality? Four remarkable founders working in literature, literacy and fashion compare …

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Main Program: A Matter of Taste

29 Oct 2017 10:15 /

What do we really write about when we write about food? From a window into other cultures and time-worn traditions, to tantalizing travel itineraries and make-or-break restaurant reviews, food writing …

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Main Program: Beyond the Front Page

29 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Filter through the deafening noise of the 24-hour news cycle and go beyond today’s headlines with some of the Festival’s finest journos. Grab a coffee and catch up-to-the-minute insights on …

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Main Program: Kate Cole-Adams: Anaesthesia

29 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Anaesthesia is a modern miracle. But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Is pain still pain if we are not awake …

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Main Program: Pierre Coffin: Movies and Minions

Did that Minion just say terima kasih? French-Indonesian animated film director and voice actor Pierre Coffin is the man behind the little yellow characters from the Despicable Me franchise, emblazoned …

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