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 Sequoia Nagamatsu

30 Oct 2022 14:00 /

Sequoia Nagamatsu’s debut novel, How High We Go in the Dark, follows generations of intricately-connected characters as humanity attempts to rebuild after a pandemic. This haunting and hopeful story about …

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Main Program | Jokowi and the New Indonesia

30 Oct 2022 14:00 /

In 2019, Joko Widodo – popularly known as Jokowi – was elected the seventh president of the Republic of Indonesia for a second five-year term. From modest beginnings in Central …

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Main Program | Looking to the Past: Writing about History

30 Oct 2022 15:15 /

João Morgado writes about the expeditions of Vasco de Gama, Magellan, and the spice trade with historical accuracy. Isna Marifa’s debut novel, Mountains More Ancient, focuses on Indonesian slavery in …

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Main Program | The War in Ukraine

30 Oct 2022 15:15 /

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered major global repercussions, from surmounting refugee crises and unprecedented economic sanctions to a shakeup of world relationships that are leading to escalating tensions and …

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Main Program | Local Culture in Literature

30 Oct 2022 16:30 /

Local traditions are important to carry critical pieces of culture as well as form a foundation for our families and society. Join the panel to talk about how they present …

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Main Program | Is All Writing an Exploration of Identity?

30 Oct 2022 16:30 /

Writers Fariha Roisin, Preeta Samarasan and Kirstin Chen discuss the identity issues that challenge them as writers, as well as ask how we can move beyond the optics of diversity to enact …

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