Ubud writers & readers festival (14 - 19 Oct 2009)
The 2008 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will take place from the 14-19 October. The theme of this year’s Festival is Tri Hita Karana – Man, Nature, God.
This annual celebration of international and Asian literature is centred in the small hill town of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. Ubud is generally recognised as being one of the most important artistic and cultural centres in Indonesia.
The main program of the Festival comprises four days of panel sessions in which writers, journalists and academics discuss issues of society, religion, politics and culture from a literary perspective. These sessions take place at Indus Restaurant overlooking the Champuhan valley and a neighbouring venue, an old bank building nicknamed the ‘Left Bank Lounge’. Both venues are located on Jalan Raya Sanginggan, less than 5 minutes drive from the main street of Ubud.
In addition to these panel sessions the Festival also offers a wide range of writing related workshops for adults such as travel writing, writing for the media, editing and publishing, memoir writing, short story writing and novel writing. For convenience, workshops are held in venues close to Indus and the Left Bank Lounge.
Cultural workshops are also offered to those visitors interested in learning more about the culture and lifestyle of their hosts the Balinese.
Several Feature Events also take place over the four days of the main Festival program including our ever popular Literary Lunches and Dinners and the elegant Amandari Cocktail Evening. These intimate events, held in some of the most stunning resorts in the Ubud area, are a chance to hear some of the Festival’s ‘star’ writers talk in depth about their lives and their work.
Evening book launches are a chance to meet and mingle with authors and get a signed copy of some of the best new fiction, non-fiction, poetry and theatre in the region.
The streets of Ubud come alive at night as locals and visitors enjoy our free evening program of events. These events are held at various venues throughout Ubud, a moveable feast of theatre, music, film and dance culminating at the Festival’s late night Fringe Club at Casa Luna Restaurant.
Finally, the Festival’s popular children’s workshop program means you can enjoy the Festival guilt-free knowing that your children are enjoying the Festival just as much as you are with an exciting selection of workshops for every age group. Past workshops have included Japanese Manga Cartooning, How to be a Radio Presenter, Setting Poetry to Music and Story Writing using Wayang Kulit.