Program Category: Main Program

From intimate in-conversations between leading authors, artists, thinkers, and performers, to fiery debates on some of the region’s most pressing issues, the Main Program takes place from 27–30 October.

Spanning 63 sessions over four days, it’s held across three venues: Festival Hub @ Taman Baca, and Indus Restaurant all within walking distance of each other on Jl. Raya Sanggingan. A free shuttle runs between each venue and Museum Puri Lukisan on Jl. Raya Ubud every 30 minutes, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.


Main Program | Festival Welcome

27 Oct 2022 09:00 /

Join us as Ubud Writers & Readers Festival begins with a traditional Balinese welcome dance, a warm welcome from out Founder and Director Janet Deneefe. This year we celebrate 19 …

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Main Program | Keynote with Putu Oka Sukanta

27 Oct 2022 09:15 /

We reflect on the extraordinary life and immense contribution that Putu Oka Sukanta has made to Indonesian literature over more than 40 years. Imprisoned for 10 years during the Soeharto …

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Main Program | Rekindling Dormant Languages

27 Oct 2022 10:15 /

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein. Language is imbued with cultural values, ways of thinking, and histories that must be preserved and …

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Main Program | The Causes and Consequences of Disinformation and Misinformation

27 Oct 2022 10:15 /

Sorting through the vast amount of information created and shared online is challenging, even for experts. Disinformation and Misinformation often influence how political, health, environmental, and religious issues are viewed …

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Main Program | Parallel Lives: Living Between Cultures

27 Oct 2022 11:30 /

How do we create belonging and space for ourselves to feel a sense of inclusion? Our speakers come together to discuss their experiences of living between cultures and the importance …

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Main Program | Eco Feminism: Earthly Connections

27 Oct 2022 11:30 /

Saras Dewi, Doctor of Philosophy and author of Ecophenomenology, and Esther Vincent Xueming, author of Red Earth, an ecofeminist poetry collection, discuss the connections between feminism, healing, and ecology and …

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Main Program | Intellectual Journeys with Brigid Delaney and Eric Weiner

27 Oct 2022 12:45 /

Journalist and writer Brigid Delaney’s latest book, Reasons Not to Worry tells of the Stoic principles of virtue, moderation and self-discipline from the teachings of three ancient guides, Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus. …

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Main Program | Speculative Fiction: Exploring our Future

27 Oct 2022 12:45 /

Laura Jean McKay, Norman Erikson Pasaribu, and Sequoia Nagamatsu explore the power of speculative fiction to educate and influence our behavior by ultimately posing the “what if?” question through their …

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Main Program | Where is Indonesian Art Going

27 Oct 2022 14:00 /

Indonesian art is as diverse and dynamic as the extraordinary cultures that flourish across the archipelago, with many artists fusing traditional with new techniques. Join our photo journey in tracing …

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Main Program | The Two Sides of the Wellness Industry

27 Oct 2022 14:00 /

The wellness industry has become a multi-billion-dollar business that claims to improve our health, happiness, and longevity. Our speakers share their research and personal stories that shed light on the …

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