South East Asia’s largest and most prominent literary festival returns to Bali this 25-29 October 2017. The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017 is taking the theme of Origins this year and will once again bring the world renowned authors, writers, thinkers, creatives and academics to the cultural capital of the island.
About the Festival
Now in its 14th year, the 4-day festival has evolved far beyond what it started as. Now there is something for everyone, book lover or not, with events including workshops with prominent writers, forums of global dialogue and current affairs, poetry slams, film screenings and performances. From day to night, Ubud will take on new life as it is transformed into a hub of creativity and interaction.
This year, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017 draws on the Balinese Hindu philosophy of ‘Sangkan Paraning Dumadi’ as the inspiration for their theme, Origins. The philosophy centres around recognising that where we have come from, is where we shall ultimately return to. In a time of global political and social tension, it is a reminder for us to look at the big picture, to avoid individuality and adopt universal interests; what can we achieve together for a better world?
For years the festival has been able to attract numerous internationally acclaimed writers, activists, thinkers and artists from around the world, which they continue to do. However, drawing on a growing local interest, they have in recent years increased a focus on Indonesian authors, in line with their increased popularity and relevance on a global scale.
The festival has announced (17 July) a sneak peek line up for this year, this includes: king of crime writing Ian Rankin, Canadian historical fiction writer Madeleine Thien, The author of the book adapted into critically-acclaimed film, Lion, Saroo Brierley, Malaysian political author and activist Marina Mahathir, Founder of the Australian Climate Council Tim Flannery, revered Indonesian authors Seno Gumira Ajidarma and Leila S. Chudori, Indonesia’s premier puppet theatre group, Papermoon, Papermoon, and internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer, Eko Supriyanto, plus many more.
The festival’s 4-Day Main Program pass gives you access to 72 events – from intimate in-conversations with some of literature’s biggest stars to impassioned debates between leading human rights activists – and you can save 20% with their Early Bird tickets, available now until the program release on 16 August.
They’re also offering a limited number of VIP passes to the Gala Opening and exclusive Writers Dinner on Wednesday 25 October. It’s your chance to rub shoulders with the stars of the UWRF17 at these private, strictly invite-only events.
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