From humble beginnings in 2004, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events – an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation.
Bringing together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers, the Festival is a platform for meaningful exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. A place where artists and audiences alike can discuss shared inspirations, ideas and concerns, the Festival transcends cultural and geographical borders to create a truly global community.
Across five days, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival delivers an eclectic program of events – from fiery conversations to intimate literary lunches, gripping live performances to hands-on workshops.
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, Co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.
After spending months working around the clock to find a way to deliver Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2020 safely and according to schedule, we finally came to a hard decision to postpone this year’s Festival until further notice. Just like many Festivals around the world, the rapid escalation of COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia and other countries has forced us to this decision. We understand that many of you have expressed eagerness and excitement for this year’s Festival, but the safety and health of our audiences, speakers, staffs, volunteers and those who are involved in the Festival is our number one priority.
The two core initiatives of the Foundation: Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) and Ubud Food Festival (UFF), over the years, have created significant economic benefits across all tourism sectors, from air travels, hotels, transports, restaurants and retails, to farmers in the rice fields. UWRF as one of the largest literary festivals in Southeast Asia and UFF as Indonesia’s leading food festival, are the nation’s most important cross-cultural gatherings, showcasing Indonesian culture and talent on a diverse global stage.
In order to sustain our community-building philosophy, we are seeking your help to ensure the survival of both Festivals and the Foundation. By supporting the Yayasan Patron Program and making a valuable contribution, you will be directly involved in delivering both Festivals in due time. Your contribution will go a long way to guarantee the future of Indonesia’s most meaningful cross-cultural platform of words, ideas and culture through its diverse programs.