The prominent literature and art festival in Bali, even the largest and most renowned in Southeast Asia, is back this End of October – Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. “17,000 Island of Imagination” as the theme reflects the culture diversity of Indonesia through regions, creations, works and much more.
Creating a world class festival that celebrates extraordinary stories and amplifies brave voices; tackles global issues and big ideas is the mission to manifest. The real scene where big ideas and important stories take place, people together, Indonesians and internationals, in open dialogue are. This 12th event is inviting A to Z leading writers, thinkers & artists from all over the world and from diverse backgrounds.
Heading the International line-up is Pakistani author of runaway hitHow to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid, bestselling Chinese-American memoirist Anchee Min, short-story author of The Boat Nam Le, The Rosie Project’s Graeme Simison, and creators of worldwide travel institution, Lonely Planet, Tony and Maureen Wheeler.
Spanning five days of intimate panel discussions, workshops, literary lunches, book launches, poetry slams, film screenings and more, the program will also feature debut novelist of The Fishermen Chigozie Obioma, 2015 Stella Prize-winner Emily Bitto, North Korea defector Hyeonseo Lee, Palestinian scholar Mazin Qumsiyeh and winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award, Sofie Laguna.
Exploring the theme 17,000 Islands of Imagination, in 2015 UWRF will showcase the incredible diversity of Indonesian talent, including leading non-fiction icon Putu Oka Sukanta, controversial filmmaker Nia Dinata, short-story writer and political journalist Seno Gumira Ajidarma, and winner of the 2013 Southeast Asian Writers Award Linda Christanty.
The Festival is also pleased to welcome social advocate Andreas Harsono, celebrated Indonesian novelist Eka Kurniawan, humanitarian and East Timor rights campaigner Galuh Wandita and Founder of the ASEAN Literary Festival, Okky Madasari.