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: 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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Main Program: Darkness Descends

28 Oct 2018 13:00 /

“Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.” – Abraham Lincoln. Violence takes many forms and is explained with numerous pretexts, but the outcome is inevitably suffering. These brave speakers …

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Main Program: At Home, Everywhere

28 Oct 2018 14:30 /

At home everywhere, or nowhere? By choice or by necessity, ‘third culture kids’ grow up in a culture different from that of their parents, often moving between worlds with linguistic …

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Main Program: The Price of Freedom

28 Oct 2018 14:30 /

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: Marty Natalegawa: Does ASEAN Matter?

28 Oct 2018 14:30 /

Former ambassador and foreign minister Marty Natalegawa offers an insider’s perspective on the role and relevance of ASEAN. How can the regional alliance ensure that efforts to ensure prosperity and …

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Main Program: Jagadhita

28 Oct 2018 15:45 /

Like many Festivals past, this year’s theme is drawn from a Balinese Hindu philosophy. ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals. …

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Main Program: Uzodinma Iweala: Speak No Evil

28 Oct 2018 15:45 /

Uzodinma Iweala’s debut novel Beasts of No Nation announced an important new writer. He returns with Speak No Evil, the story of Niru, a Nigerian-American coming of age and coming …

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Main Program: Fifteen Years of UWRF

28 Oct 2018 15:45 /

As the sun sets on the fifteenth Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, join Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe and some old Festival friends as they recall the humble beginnings, surprises …

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