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 | In Conversation with Max Lane: Indonesia Out Of Exile – How Pramoedya’s Buru Quartet Killed A Dictatorship

29 Oct 2022 10:15 /

Named ‘A fascinating book about the creation and impact of one of the world’s greatest literary works, in Max Lane’s latest work, Indonesia Out of Exile, he discusses how the …

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Main Program | The Media Landscape in SE Asia

29 Oct 2022 11:30 /

Southeast Asia is a diverse and complex region, geographically, culturally, and politically, with challenging terrain for media outlets to capture all these factors. This panel discusses the issues that are …

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Main Program | Bali, 50 Years of Change

29 Oct 2022 11:30 /

Jean Couteau and Eric Buvelot discuss Bali, 50 Years of Changes – A Conversation with Jean Couteau, translated from French by Diana Darling, looking back at Bali since the 1970s, …

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Main Program | Connecting Life with Words: The Women Powering Poetry

29 Oct 2022 11:30 /

Poetry is an invitation for introspection, an opportunity to reveal your unique voice and unearth what it is yours to express. Join our speakers as they discuss their relationship with …

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Main Program | In Conversation with Carla Power

29 Oct 2022 12:45 /

Carla Power, the author of two Pulitzer Prize finalists in General Nonfiction, discusses in her latest book, Home, Land, Security, the emerging field of deradicalization. By inquiring into the stories of those …

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Main Program | Human Rights Watch

29 Oct 2022 12:45 /

Elaine Pearson, Asia Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, and Andreas Harsono, author of Race, Islam, and Power: Ethnic and Religious and the Indonesian researcher for Human Rights Watch, will …

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Main Program | The Act of Remembering

29 Oct 2022 14:00 /

Memories often serve as inspiration for a writer’s works. No matter how far one may travel through place and time, we are always influenced by some of our most memorable …

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Main Program | Young Adult Fiction

29 Oct 2022 14:00 /

Young adult fiction can empower, educate and inspire future generations, but when writing about challenging issues, such as climate change, child trafficking, and racial discrimination, YA writers must decide how …

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Main Program | In Conversation with Audrey Magee

29 Oct 2022 15:15 /

In Audrey Magee’s beautifully crafted novel, The Colony, she explores character, language, culture, and place on a picturesque Irish island and the impact of political systems and imperialism. Magee discusses …

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Main Program | Barriers To Meaning: Working Across Languages

29 Oct 2022 15:15 /

How do we work across different languages? Words often elude direct translation and subtextual references, slang, and euphemisms in one language often mean something different in another. Join Tiffany Tsao, …

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