Frequently Asked Questions


Got a question about our Festival? Check out our frequently asked questions.

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR UWRF 2022?
UWRF will take place between 27-30 October 2022

HOW DO WE GET TO THE FESTIVAL?
We provide a shuttle bus that will take you from Ubud straight to the festival site. Our shuttle will be operating a limited service of a few trips per day.

There is limited parking around Taman Baca, so travelling by our shuttle bus from Ubud city centre is the best way to do so. There will also be lots of super visible signs directing you from the stations below to the grounds.

WHEN IS THE FULL PROGRAMME OUT?
The programme will be announced soon. Make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter to be the first to see the program when it drops. 

HOW DO I BOOK TICKETS?
Tickets are booked through the event pages – as an International Festival goer, you can purchase your Festival Pass at TryBooking.com. As a Festival goer from Indonesia, you can get your passes at Big Tix. Please note that TryBooking and Big Tix will charge booking fees in addition to the ticket price.

WILL THERE BE ON-THE-SPOT DAY PASSES SALES?
Yes! You don’t need to pre-book your Day Pass at all, just turn up on the day and arrive on time. However, as audience capacities are limited for our Workshop and Special Events, we recommend booking a slot in advance.

WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR TICKET TERMS?
Take a gander at our terms and conditions here. The link can also be found on the footer of all our web pages. Scroll to the bottom if you’re low on some extra bedtime reading.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T ATTEND THE FESTIVAL DUE TO TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

If you cannot attend festival events due to testing positive for COVID-19, please contact the festival to arrange a transfer for next year’s festival, where possible, 7 days prior to the Festival to rearrange your ticket for next year. Please contact our service team by email at ticketing@ubudwritersfestival.com.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE FESTIVAL IS CANCELLED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE ORGANISERS’ CONTROL?

If the Festival is unable to proceed on the advertised date or location by circumstances beyond the organisers’ control, such as a pandemic, UWRF reserves the right to reschedule the event and offer a credit respectively in exchange for the rescheduled date.

WHAT FOOD OPTIONS ARE THERE ON THE SITE?
Whatever your taste, you’ll find something on the UWRF site to satisfy your appetite or quench your thirst.

HOW LONG ARE THE EVENTS?
Most on-site sessions last around one hour and are followed by book signings. Our time slots are designed to allow you to move from one event to another. Please check individual listings for non-standard event durations.

ARE THERE EVENTS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES?
Our kid-friendly sessions are for children and families and are included in the main listings.
Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied to all events and workshops by an adult.

DO CHILDREN REQUIRE A FESTIVAL PASS TO ATTEND?
Children six and over need to have their own festival pass ticket. Children under six can just pitch up and join in the festival venue – provided they have an adult with them, of course.

CAN CHILDREN VISIT ANY SPECIAL EVENT?
If you have booked tickets for our Workshops and Special Events, we ask you not to bring your kids. In general, kids are also not permitted to partake in any activities as part of the events and may not be permitted to licensed venues.

WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL THEME?
This year’s theme is ‘Memayu Hayuning Bawana‘, an ancient Javanese philosophy that means the principles by which we care for, protect, and beautify our universe. Bawana refers to ‘our world’, which is not only a physical space but also a cultural and deeply spiritual realm. ‘Memayu’, is the way we sustain the beautification of our planet on our eternal path to universal harmony. UWRF translates this philosophy into ‘Uniting Humanity‘, which will unfold as a series of programs responding to Humanity’s capacity to strengthen our ties as individuals and the world as a collective.

HOW ARE THE WRITERS CHOSEN?
We invite the writers, artists, thinkers, and performers we most admire. We try to bring the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices to our audiences. We talk to publishers, writers, and a huge range of advisors – including many UWRF-goers themselves.

WHO ARE THE ORGANISERS OF THE UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL?
The Festival is produced by Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, an Indonesian not-for-profit foundation, as one of the major annual projects. Learn more about the Foundation.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL?
You can support the Festival in so many different ways, and here are a few options below:

MORE QUESTIONS?

Please submit your questions here, or email us at info@ubudwritersfestival.com.