Program Category: Main Program

From intimate in-conversations between leading authors, artists, activists, chefs, farmers and performers, to fiery debates on some of the region’s most pressing issues, KEMBALI20 Main Program takes place from 29 October–08 November. Spanning 60+ digital sessions over 11 days, the sessions are available to view on ubudwritersfestival.com by creating a user account.

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Main Program | Keeping Bali’s Folklore Alive

29 Oct 2020 13:00 /

Legendary Balinese cultural preservationist Made Taro received the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. His son, Gede Tarmada, is carrying on the tradition. Join them to …

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Main Program | Ben Bland: Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia

29 Oct 2020 14:00 /

Man of Contradictions, the first English-language biography of Jokowi, argues that the president embodies the fundamental contradictions of modern Indonesia. He is caught between democracy and authoritarianism, openness and protectionism, …

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Main Program | Tyson Yunkaporta: Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

29 Oct 2020 15:00 /

Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective. His new book Sand Talk provides a template for living. It’s about how lines, symbols, and shapes can help us …

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Main Program | Made Janur Yasa: From Rubbish to Rice

29 Oct 2020 16:00 /

Somatic coach and martial arts instructor Made Janur Yasa has come up with a practical and effective way to encourage residents to manage their waste. How? By exchanging it for …

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Main Program | Christina Thompson: Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

29 Oct 2020 17:00 /

In Sea People, Christina Thompson explores the fascinating story of Polynesia’s ancient voyagers, as well as the sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who have puzzled over this history …

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Main Program | The Future of Dining

29 Oct 2020 18:00 /

Culinary trends come and go, but when a new concept captivates diners, it has the power to shake up an entire industry. What trends will hit restaurants in 2021? From …

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Main Program | Morganics: Hip Hop is My Passport

30 Oct 2020 14:00 /

Australian hip hop performer Morganics works around the country on community educational hip hop projects. He has five solo albums to his name and writes and performs hip hop theatre …

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Main Program | When the World Stopped Traveling

30 Oct 2020 15:00 /

As an island that relies heavily on tourism, the COVID-19 crisis has led to Bali’s most challenging period in recent memory. Our panelists have spent decades in Indonesia’s tourism industry …

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Main Program | Jonathan Safran Foer: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

30 Oct 2020 16:00 /

In his new book We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. Join him …

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Main Program | Edwidge Danticat: Everything Inside

30 Oct 2020 17:00 /

Edwidge Danticat’s latest book of short stories, Everything Inside, is set in Port-au-Prince, Miami, and beyond. It reflects on community, family, and love, and how people come to terms with …

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Main Program | Febriana Firdaus: Investigative Reporting in Indonesia

30 Oct 2020 18:00 /

Independent investigative journalist, Febriana Firdaus, is a regular contributor to The Guardian, covering topics from COVID-19 to the Black Lives Matter movement in West Papua. Her works have appeared in …

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Main Program | Nicholas Saputra: The Power of Film to Create Change

31 Oct 2020 10:00 /

Indonesian actor and film producer Nicholas Saputra has been involved in conservation campaigns for many years. Semesta (Islands of Faith), the first feature documentary by his production company Tanakhir Films, …

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Main Program | Alessandra Lopez y Royo: Contemporary Indonesian Fashion Through the Looking Glass

31 Oct 2020 12:00 /

In Contemporary Indonesian Fashion, Alessandra Lopez y Royo explores the diversity and complexity of the country’s sartorial offerings, which weave together local textile traditions with contemporary narratives. Questioning concepts of …

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Main Program | Agustinus Wibowo: When a Travel Writer Can’t Travel

31 Oct 2020 13:00 /

People around the world have lost the ability to travel due to border closures and grounded airlines. For those who make a living from sharing their travel experiences, what has …

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Main Program | Etgar Keret: Anything But Ordinary

31 Oct 2020 14:00 /

“My stories come from a very unconscious place. I don’t premeditate them, I don’t know what’s going to happen in them.” There’s no one like Etgar Keret. His stories take …

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Main Program | Gastrodiplomacy

31 Oct 2020 15:00 /

From kimchi to bubble tea, food as soft power has been embraced and celebrated in recent years. Using popular dishes to build Indonesia’s national brand – which some have called …

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Main Program | Roman Krznaric: The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World

31 Oct 2020 16:00 / /

Australian philosopher Roman Krznaric’s new book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World, explores six ways we can expand our time horizons to confront the …

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Main Program | Dee Lestari: How to Research for Fiction

01 Nov 2020 10:00 /

Dee Lestari is one of Indonesia’s most popular authors in modern literature. Join her for an insightful discussion about the research process behind her latest book, Aroma Karsa, which even …

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Main Program | Simon Winchester: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

01 Nov 2020 11:00 /

Celebrated writer and historian Simon Winchester returns with Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World. The bestselling author examines how we acquire land, how we steward it, …

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Main Program | Stephen Kinnane: Shadow Lines

01 Nov 2020 13:00 / /

Shadow Lines, Stephen Kinnane’s award-winning memoir, tells the story of Jessie Argyle, who was born in the remote East Kimberley and taken from her Aboriginal family at the age of …

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