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: To Preserve and Promote

29 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Too often the restrictive realm of elders, in recent years there’s been growing interest among Balinese youth on the state of their cultural heritage. Meet three champions of the movement …

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Main Program: Breaking Boundaries

29 Oct 2017 13:00 /

It’s often remarked that Balinese women are among the hardest working in the world. A patriarchal society and a seemingly endless cycle of temple rituals and communal obligations have imposed …

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Main Program: Young at Heart

29 Oct 2017 13:00 /

For many of us, a childhood spent buried in books was the foundation for a life of reading. What is it about the books we loved when we were young …

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Main Program: Crime Fiction Club

29 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Writers are readers first, and crime is one of the most well-thumbed genres on bookshelves the world over. We invite Ian Rankin and Jock Serong to share the titles, writers …

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Main Program: Lost for Words

29 Oct 2017 14:30 /

The ‘Englishification’ of global languages seems almost unstoppable. What makes some writers favor another language over their native one, and what makes others determined to maintain their mother tongue? Unravel …

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Main Program: Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

29 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Sophal Ear escaped the Khmer Rouge due to his mother’s unflinching determination and moved to the US at the age of ten. He has overcome both genocide and poverty to …

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Main Program: My Island (Second) Home

29 Oct 2017 14:30 /

For many in the audience it’s a pleasurable daydream: building a life on one of Indonesia’s islands. Our panelists’ origins are diverse but all have found an island home here. …

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Main Program: Social Studies

29 Oct 2017 15:45 /

The Financial Times recently declared novels as ‘the new textbooks of history’. Can the novel be an agent of social change? From interpersonal interactions to societal shifts, the power of …

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Main Program: Funny Bones

29 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Seriously, being funny is no laughing matter. This wry and witty troupe of writers and comedians have no qualms about shooting satirical comments at serious and often dangerous subjects. From …

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Main Program: 30 Years of Lontar

29 Oct 2017 16:00 /

Founded in 1987, the Lontar Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary at UWRF17. Lontar has published work by more than 800 Indonesian authors and almost single-handedly created a canon of Indonesian …

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