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 25–28 October.

Spanning 70 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: Still the Morning of the World?

27 Oct 2018 11:45 /

“Even in the 1930s people were aware that tourist clichés had arisen about the island, but in the 1950s the image of Bali as paradise became fixed,” wrote Adrian Vickers. …

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Main Program: The Big Read: Telling Tales

27 Oct 2018 13:00 /

It’s one of life’s pleasures: having someone read to you. A treat for lovers of a good story, UWRF’s prose pros will share their work in a little corner of …

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Main Program: Ladies to the Front

27 Oct 2018 13:00 /

From a queen’s chambers to a modern day writing group with an erotic twist, from finding one’s voice to exuberant elderhood, for these writers women’s stories are essential. They talk …

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Main Program: Serious About Young Minds

27 Oct 2018 13:00 /

Ranging from a profound examination of childhood to contemporary works that engage the intellect of children and teenagers, these writers and artists are serious about young minds. Connect with your …

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Main Program: It Takes Two

27 Oct 2018 14:30 /

Sometimes two heads really are better than one, but there’s an art to bringing together the written word and visual art to create something special. From shared inspiration to the …

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Main Program: Fatima Bhutto: The Runaways

27 Oct 2018 14:30 /

How far would you run to escape your life? In The Runaways, bestselling author Fatima Bhutto delves into difficult questions of modern Muslim identity in a world consumed by violence. …

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Main Program: Being Presidential

27 Oct 2018 14:30 /

“We politicians now have to compete against Netflix to get your attention,” President Jokowi told the 2018 ASEAN summit. After the watershed 2014 election, Indonesia returns to the polls next …

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Main Program: Art for Impact

27 Oct 2018 15:45 /

A pantomime artist slash social activist, a theatre director assisting mothers to stage their own play, a visual artist helping people with schizophrenia, and an actor and illustrator remembering the …

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Main Program: In Praise of Slow

27 Oct 2018 15:45 /

Faster! Better! More! Productivity and personal achievement are dominant cultural values in 2018, but do we have to buy in? Our panel asks you to put down your phone, put …

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Main Program: Shrabani Basu: Victoria & Abdul

28 Oct 2018 09:00 /

Shrabani Basu was on holiday when she noticed several captivating portraits of an Indian servant to Queen Victoria. She would go on to uncover the story of Abdul Karim, 24-year-old …

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Main Program: Fighting for the Forests

28 Oct 2018 09:00 /

In the last half-century, more than 74 million hectares of Indonesian rainforest have been logged, burned, or degraded, with devastating effects for humans, animals and the land itself. Driven and …

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Main Program: Ndaba Mandela: Going to the Mountain

28 Oct 2018 09:00 /

In Going to the Mountain, Ndaba Mandela shares the story of his coming-of-age alongside South Africa’s rebirth. From the violent, segregated Soweto ghettos to his grandfather’s presidential home, join him …

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Main Program: The Price of Freedom

28 Oct 2018 10:15 /

Indonesia celebrates its 73rd anniversary of independence this year. A revered sculptor who designed the nation’s tallest monument, a Moluccan poet who inspired peace in his conflict-torn homeland, a legendary …

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Main Program: Intimate Instincts

28 Oct 2018 10:15 /

Sometimes the smallest details tell us the most. In their moving and memorable books, these writers draw on intimate interactions of ordinary families in extraordinary circumstances. They share the craft …

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Main Program: It Takes a Village

28 Oct 2018 10:15 /

The solitary author in her eyrie is a romantic image, but support is key to many writers making it across the finish line, whether with their first book or their …

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Main Program: Serial Storytellers

28 Oct 2018 11:45 /

Surely the only thing better than a good book is an entire series of good books. Meet three authors who have created wondrous worlds that keep readers coming back for …

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Main Program: What a Map Cuts Up

28 Oct 2018 11:45 /

“What the map cuts up the story cuts across.” – Michel de Certeau. This year, UWRF brings together writers from 30 countries, celebrating the power of story to inspire empathy, …

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Main Program: Geoff Dyer: Scene by Scene

28 Oct 2018 11:45 /

Brilliantly observed and exquisitely written, Geoff Dyer’s work is a unique beast: singular in style and wide-ranging in its obsessions. From yoga for people who can’t be bothered to do …

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Main Program: The Big Read: Food For Thought

28 Oct 2018 13:00 /

Fancy some food for thought over lunch? We’ve assembled a lineup of UWRF’s most provocative thinkers with bold ideas and unique solutions for you to chew on. Grab a tasty …

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Main Program: UWRF18 Indonesian Emerging Writers

28 Oct 2018 13:00 /

Our 2018 Indonesian Emerging Writers Program received 850 submissions from across the archipelago. Five were selected for our annual Bilingual Anthology. From Aceh, Yogyakarta, Rantau in South Kalimantan and Bone …

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