Program Category: Special Events

From intimate literary lunches with Festival headliners to long table dinners with the region’s most exciting voices, our Special Events take place at Ubud’s top-rated restaurants and resorts.

With limited spaces available, we strongly advise that Special Events are booked in advance. Please bring your booking confirmation to the event as proof of purchase, either printed or on your device.


Special Event | Gala Opening & Writers Dinner

23 Oct 2019 18:00

Join our Gala Opening at the Ubud Royal Palace, featuring key Festival speakers and traditional Balinese dance. Then, head to Casa Luna where you’ll rub shoulders with the Festival’s stars …

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Special Event | Arts of the Archipelago

24 Oct 2019 17:30

Join us for a magical evening at Padma Resort, featuring Papuan dance, poetry readings, and a solo recital by Jakarta-born pianist and composer Ananda Sukarlan. The Sydney Morning Herald named …

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Special Event | Front Line, Front Page

24 Oct 2019 17:30

Whether reporting from far flung locales or the world’s trouble spots, telling stories of tragedy or triumph, the work of a foreign correspondent is never dull. We’ve managed to pin …

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Special Event | Rhyme and Reason in the Region

24 Oct 2019 18:00

We’re bringing together old favorites and new voices as UWRF’s finest writers from across the region gather for a long table dinner. Indulge in exceptional Indian cuisine while our writers …

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Special Event | A Storyteller’s Lunch

25 Oct 2019 12:00

Ignite your imagination over lunch at breathtaking Alila Ubud. Susan Orlean, Richard Fidler, and Lucy Inglis breathe life into research, bringing to light stories at once true and incredible. Join …

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Special Event | Cocktail Hour with Yotam Ottolenghi

25 Oct 2019 17:30

As the sun sets over Campuhan Ridge, Festival foodies will gather for one of UWRF’s most anticipated Special Events. For an intimate cocktail hour, chef, restaurateur and food writer Yotam …

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Special Event | A Foodie’s Lunch with Yotam Ottolenghi

26 Oct 2019 12:00

“I want drama in the mouth,” is his cooking philosophy. Yotam Ottolenghi has reset the table and reinvented the way many home cooks get creative. In a UWRF first, Festival …

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Special Event | Thinking Big at bridges

26 Oct 2019 18:30

UWRF brings together thinkers from around the world and we’ve gathered three of the Festival’s biggest for a one-night-only celebration. Join religious scholar Reza Aslan, risk-taking journalist Sanam Maher, and …

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Special Event | Stories of Seeking Asylum

27 Oct 2019 12:00

An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home, and refugee writers are bringing first-hand accounts onto front pages and family bookshelves. Join Festival guests from …

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Special Event | Stories by the Sea

27 Oct 2019 19:00

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s Stories by the Sea returns to the iconic Tandjung Sari Hotel for one night only. Join renowned storyteller Idanna Pucci and bestselling author and New …

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