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: Indonesia, Outside In

27 Oct 2018 11:45 /

By the end of 2018 Indonesia will have played host to the Asian Games, the International Monetary Fund and Our Ocean Conference. How is Indonesia’s place in the world changing? …

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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: Reni Eddo-Lodge: Changing the Culture

27 Oct 2018 13:00 /

Award-winning author and journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race sparked a new and frank conversation about systemic racism. From eradicated black history to …

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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: Ladies to the Front

27 Oct 2018 15:45 /

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: Africa is Not a Country

27 Oct 2018 15:45 /

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie famously warned of “the danger of a single story”: if we choose to hear only a single story about a country — or continent — we risk …

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Main Program: Hidden Bali

27 Oct 2018 15:45 /

Despite being one of the world’s top tourist destinations and the most documented island in the archipelago, Bali still holds many surprising mysteries for curious minds. Join these cultural detectives …

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Main Program: Yenny Wahid: Against All Odds

28 Oct 2018 09:00 /

Yenny Wahid has watched Indonesia from different vantage points; as a journalist covering Aceh and Timor-Leste, and as confidante of a president besieged by political intrigue. Now, as Director of …

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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: Dealing with Disaster

28 Oct 2018 10:15 /

When countries sit astride complex tectonics, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis become part of environment and consciousness. With ongoing rumbling in the Ring of Fire, and the recent deadly quake …

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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: Art for Impact

28 Oct 2018 10:15 /

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: 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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