6 reasons you should buy an Early Bird ticket to Ubud Writers & Readers Festival: Part 2

Posted: 04 June 2018 Author: sikuska

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 2: Introducing the new International Student Early Bird ticket

Are you a full-time student from outside Indonesia? For the first time, UWRF is offering an Early Bird price for the International Student 4-Day Festival Pass. This isn’t only part of our 15th year celebrations. It’s recognizing the fact that over the past few years our audiences have been getting younger. At last year’s Festival, 23% of the audience was in the 18–24 age bracket, while 32% were in the 25–34 bracket.

After his packed-out in-conversation session last year, renowned historian and bestselling author Simon Winchester said:

Ten years ago my audiences tended to be elderly white people. But it’s no longer the case. The audiences are getting younger, and that’s very encouraging. It suggests to me that people still read, still feel passionate about books. The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is more intimate. It’s younger. It’s more multicultural. And it’s set in this extraordinary backdrop, and so I couldn’t be happier.

As we mentioned in Part 1 of this blog series last week, the International Student Early Bird saves you 20% – about 23 Australian dollars – on the 4-Day Main Program Pass. The Main Program comprises 72 sessions. That’s four days of extraordinary stories, big ideas, compelling in-conversations and fiery debates from leading writers, journalists, artists and activists from around the world.

We often receive feedback from students about how valuable these sessions are for their studies and research, not to mention the countless opportunities to engage with panelists at the Festival’s 70+ venues. We’ll be back next week with another reason you should snap up an Early Bird on 16 July, before the normal rate sets in alongside the full program announcement in mid-August. You can hear Simon Winchester speak his rousing words in the UWRF17 Wrap-Up video:


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