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 | 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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Main Program | In Defense of Poets

27 Oct 2019 13:00 /

From the misunderstood poet in the attic to feisty slam poets and the pithy poets of Instagram, it’s all too easy to stereotype these lovers of rhythm and rhyme. But …

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Main Program | Resa Boenard: A Landfill Life

27 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Covering 110 hectares and receiving more than 7,000 tons of trash daily, Bantar Gebang in Bekasi, West Java is Southeast Asia’s biggest open landfill. It’s also home to thousands of …

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Main Program | Water’s Edge

27 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Distant shores and intimately familiar beaches have been a constant source of inspiration for creative minds since time immemorial. What does the sea bring to their hearts? A sunrise of …

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Main Program | Irvine Welsh: Choose Life

27 Oct 2019 14:30 /

It’s been 26 years since Irvine Welsh gave the world Trainspotting, the book deemed by Rebel Inc. “the best book ever written by man or woman” that went on to …

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Main Program | Word of Mouth

27 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Oral storytelling traditions have never lost their grip on us. Whether it’s family history being passed on, breathing life into cultural wisdom, or for pure entertainment, there’s an intimacy and …

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Main Program | Bali’s Poet-Priests

27 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Danghyang Nirartha and Ida Pedanda Made Sidemen are the brightest beacons for Balinese writers navigating the intricate and often impenetrable terrain of the island’s traditional literature. Our panel reflects on …

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Main Program | Made Taro: A Lifetime of Storytelling

27 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Amid the onslaught of highly addictive digital gadgets and games, Made Taro travels across Bali and beyond, teaching children about the magic of traditional games, songs and folklore. Listen in …

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Main Program | Decision and Consequence

27 Oct 2019 15:45 /

For Balinese Hindus, Karma Phala is the spiritual principle that each action has a consequence equal in force, and similar in form. No one, real or fictional, is immune from …

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Main Program | Multilingual Wordsmiths

27 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Crafting the perfect sentence in one’s mother tongue is hard enough, without the complications that working in a second language brings. But that hasn’t stopped this panel. Not content to …

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