Join us online for a live-streamed Festival

We are joining forces again with Writing WA to present a three-day celebration transporting the magic of Ubud to Perth.

For many years, the Perth Edition, presented in partnership with Writing WA, has been a celebration of the written and spoken word, featuring acclaimed writers and thinkers from Australia and Indonesia in an extraordinary presentation of free talks, performances, music, and poetry. Now, after two years in virtual form, our joint forum will be held in person again to connect readers with emerging and acclaimed authors from Indonesia and Down Under.


There’s plenty more to discover! Browse through the program and get your tickets:

Experience the best of Australian and Indonesian literature and ideas, including:


Friday, 21 October 2022 | 13:00 – 13:45
Author and journalist Andreas Harsono started his career as a reporter for the Bangkok-based Nation and the Kuala Lumpur-based Star newspapers. Since 2008, he has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch. Andreas joins historian Vannessa Hearman to discuss the ‘idea of Indonesia’ and consider how race and religion have become increasingly prevalent in the politics of the Post-Suharto era.


Saturday, 22 October 2022 | 15:00 – 15:45
Our theme for 2022 is ‘Uniting Humanity’. Our writers, Clarissa Goenawan, Siang Lu, and Alton Walley, offer their various perspectives on how writing and creative practice can help us to have richer conversations about race, deepen our appreciation for diverse cultures, and unite humanity, one story at a time.


Saturday, 22 October 2022 | 12:00 – 12:45
Writer and filmmaker Ahmad Fuadi and graphic artist and animator Tee Ken are adept at the art of visual storytelling. In this conversation, they discuss the differences between ‘showing’ and ‘telling’ and consider whether one picture really is worth a thousand words – or more.


Sunday, 23 October 2022 | 15:00 – 15:45
Paon is derived from pawon, the Balinese word for kitchen. In this conversation with our Festival Director Janet DeNeefe, one of Indonesia’s leading chefs, Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa, will shine a light on the depth and diversity of Balinese cuisine and provide insight into food and worship, sacred fare, and zero-waste cooking.

There’s plenty more to discover! Browse the full program of events happening in Perth and dive into the celebration:

We gratefully acknowledge and thank our generous supporter and partner, Writing WA.