In 2018, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival celebrates its 15th year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas, so naturally there’ll be a flurry of special festivities to mark the milestone. The celebrations start with the Early Bird tickets, which fly on Monday 16 July, alongside the first announcement of Indonesian and international speakers appearing at this year’s Festival. In this weekly blog series, we’ll share six reasons we think you should be part of the action by purchasing an Early Bird 4-Day Festival Pass.
Reason 1: You’ll Save Money
It’s obvious, but it’s true. The 4-Day Festival Pass gives you access to the Main Program. From intimate conversations with leading authors, artists, thinkers and performers, to refreshingly fiery debates on some of Indonesia and the world’s most pressing issues, the Main Program spans 72 sessions held across three venues.
The Festival offers a tiered pricing system to ensure it is accessible to local and international audiences. Here’s how much you’ll save with an Early Bird, depending on the ticket category:
||Early Bird Price||You’ll Save|
|Indonesian National*||IDR 600,000||IDR 480,000||IDR 120,000|
|ASEAN (proof of ASEAN passport required)||IDR 2,200,000||IDR 1,760,000||IDR 440,000|
|Resident (proof of KITAS, KITAP, Business, Sosial Budaya, DINAS or Retirement visa required)||IDR 2,200,000||IDR 1,760,000||IDR 440,000|
|International||IDR 4,000,000||IDR 3,200,000||IDR 800,000|
|International Full-Time Student||IDR 1,250,000||IDR 1,000,000||IDR 250,000|
*We have one more Ticketing Category for the 4-Day Main Program Pass – Indonesian Student – which goes on sale alongside our full program announcement in mid-August for IDR 150,000.
Now it’s time to imagine what you could purchase at the Festival with the money you’ve saved with an Early Bird. A couple of books by Festival authors, to be signed after their sessions, perhaps? A Workshop with your literary hero, or maybe a Cultural Workshop to delve deeper into Balinese culture. There are dozens of options for literature and arts lovers who’ve saved a little extra with their Early Bird. We’ll be back next week with another reason you should snap one up on 16 July.