Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

What's On | Written By, NOW! BALI | July 25th, 2013

Ubud, in the beautiful highlands of Bali, has long been an area associated with culture and the arts. Since 2003, it has also been home to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival – South East Asia’s most acclaimed and culturally diverse literary event. In 2013, the Festival will commemorate its 10-year anniversary with a five day celebration of stories…

Ubud, in the beautiful highlands of Bali, has long been an area associated with culture and the arts. Since 2003, it has also been home to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival – South East Asia’s most acclaimed and culturally diverse literary event. In 2013, the Festival will commemorate its 10-year anniversary with a five day celebration of stories and storytelling from 11-15 October.

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival was first conceived of by Festival Founder & Director, Janet DeNeefe, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing. Over the past ten years, the Festival has grown to become an internationally renowned event, bringing together brilliant writers and thinkers from around the world in an intimate and magical setting. Fascinating cross-cultural conversations, high profile international authors, and the opportunity to discover new and exciting local voices combine to make the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival an unmissable annual event. 

In 2013, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival comes full circle, returning to its original theme Through Darkness to Light (Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang) honouring RA Kartini, Indonesia’s beloved women’s rights pioneer. Beyond paying homage to Kartini, the 2013 program will focus on women’s stories, women’s rights and education, heroes and visionaries. Writers across all genres will be embraced, including travel writers, songwriters, playwrights, poets, comedians and graphic novelists.

Over 150 inspiring writers, performers, artists, musicians and visionaries are already confirmed to appear in Ubud this October – including best-selling author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk about Kevin), UK screenwriter Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), publishing entrepreneur and Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler, legendary Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig, and local literary superstars Goenawan Mohamad and Dewi Lestari. The full program, with all guest speakers and session details, will be released on the Festival’s website in early August. 

Along with the main program’s panel discussions – held daily at Indus Restaurant, Neka Art Museum and Left Bank on Jl. Raya Sanginggan – more than 40 other venues across Ubud will play host to special events, ranging from book launches and literary workshops to elegant cocktail evenings. Live music and performances, food and art markets, film screenings and a free program for young people of all ages will round out the program. Special highlights this year will include a tribute night to Kartini featuring theatre performances, poetry readings and a presentation of her letters; a street party showcasing Balinese dance and music until the small hours; and the closing night party at Blanco Renaissance Museum. 

For the first time in 2013, the Festival will also welcome Indonesia’s leading culinary expert, William Wongso. William will be joined by celebrity chef Farah Quinn and will conduct special cooking demonstrations at the Festival’s food market. 

The 2013 Festival promises to be a remarkable celebration of books, ideas and storytelling in all its forms. Tickets for the Festival are now on sale on the Festival’s website, www.ubudwritersfestival.com. The 10th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will run from 11 – 15 October 2013. 

 

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