Program Category: Special Events

From intimate literary lunches with Festival headliners to eating your way across the archipelago at a long table dinner, our Special Events take place at Ubud’s top-rated restaurants and resorts.


Special Event: Gala Opening & Writers Dinner

24 Oct 2018 18:00

Join our Gala Opening at the Ubud Royal Palace, featuring key Festival speakers and a performance of Siwa Nataraja. Then, head to Casa Luna where you’ll rub shoulders with the …

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Special Event: A Storyteller’s Lunch

25 Oct 2018 12:00

Indulge your inner wanderer with stories of searching and serendipity over a lavish lunch at breathtaking Alila Ubud. Combining curiosity and creativity, Geoff Dyer, Jay Griffiths and Carl Hoffman explore …

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Special Event: Cocktail Hour with Hanif Kureishi

25 Oct 2018 17:30

He’s been thrilling us since My Beautiful Laundrette – Hanif Kureishi’s work is beloved for its examination of relationships, race, regret and longing. As the sun sets over Plataran Ubud, …

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Special Event: Literary Lunch with Ndaba Mandela

26 Oct 2018 11:30

At 11-years-old, Ndaba Mandela was unexpectedly invited to live with his grandfather, Nelson Mandela. They built a relationship that would affect both of them profoundly. Over a memorable Maya lunch, …

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Special Event: Long Table Dinner: Edible Indonesia

26 Oct 2018 18:30

Indonesia inspires many of UWRF’s writers, and its cuisine is celebrated by the chefs at Desa Visesa’s Lumbung restaurant. We’re bringing them together for a long table dinner where you’ll …

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Special Event: This Alien Nation

26 Oct 2018 19:00

In a multicultural world, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, hilarious, and weird. But it makes for some great stories. For this special UWRF edition of the beloved New York …

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Special Event: Look Who’s Coming to Lunch at Nusantara by Locavore

27 Oct 2018 12:00

Nusantara is the Indonesian archipelago. From Sumatra to Sulawesi, take a culinary journey across 17,000 islands in the finest literary company. Alongside some of the Festival’s most fascinating speakers, you’ll …

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Special Event: Feast and Fiction

27 Oct 2018 18:30

UWRF unites lovers of great storytelling, and we’ve gathered three of the Festival’s most beloved novelists for a one-night-only celebration of fiction at its finest. Join Fatima Bhutto, Anuradha Roy …

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Special Event: Club Continental at Casa Luna

27 Oct 2018 21:00

Get ready to groove as Ubud’s beloved Casa Luna hots up for a dynamic Saturday night. French spoken word artist KWAL (supported by Institut Français Indonesia) will dazzle you with …

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Special Event: UWRF’s 15th Birthday Brunch!

28 Oct 2018 11:30

Have you heard? We’re 15 this year! The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is built on the spirit of celebration. Go back to where it all began with UWRF’s Founder …

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Special Event: Stories by the Sea

31 Oct 2018 18:30

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival comes to Sanur for one night only. As the sun sets over one of Bali’s iconic views, join fellow book lovers over Tandjung Sari’s …

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