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Bali: Festival lauded for engaging writers, readers

Closing out with a bang: The marching band from Udayana University performs during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival at the Blanco Museum in Ubud, Bali, on Sunday. 

The 13th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival ended on Sunday. The event successfully engaged literary luminaries with an eager audience.

The last day of the festival started with attendees participating in “Literary Jalan-Jalan”, a morning walk with some of the festival’s finest storytellers along the hidden paths of Penestanan, through lush rice fields and a permaculture garden, all the while listening to tales from near and far over a delicious brunch. Read more


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Ubud festival (UWRF) partners with the DSC Prize

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The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced a partnership with the world’s leading literary award for South Asian writing, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

According to the UWRF organisers, the partnership will commence with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2014, and will involve the commitment to bring each year’s winner to the Festival in Ubud, Bali. In 2014, the festival will host acclaimed author Cyrus Mistry who won the DSC Prize 2014.

Derived from a true story, Cyrus Mistry’s extraordinary DSC Prize-winning novel Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer is a moving account of tragic love affair involving the near invisible community of Parsi corpse bearers whose job it is to carry bodies of the deceased to the Towers of Silence. Continue reading


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Launch your book at 2014 Ubud Writers & Readers Fest–for IDR 6 million

Held annually in Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heartland, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting cultural and literary festival. This year the festival will be held from October 1-5, 2014.

The festival organisers have invited writers and publishers to launch new titles at Ubud. Continue reading


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Amit Virmani: Audiences need something to keep them engaged

Virmani_ASingapore-based filmmaker Amit Virmani’s debut, “Cowboys in Paradise”, was one of the most talked-about Asian documentaries in recent years. The controversial film on sex tourism in Bali (Indonesia) garnered international acclaim and has been broadcast in over 110 countries.

His second documentary feature film, “Menstrual Man” (2013), is already making waves. The film documents the struggles of India’s Muruganantham, a school dropout who realised that the majority of women in India couldn’t afford sanitary pads and decided to do something about it. A Netflix audience favourite at Hot Docs 2013, the film underscores the importance of empowering women to combat poverty and highlights the power every individual has to make a difference.

Amit is a graduate of Southwestern University, Texas, where he was honored with the Feminist Voices Award.

Kitaab presents an interview with this talented Asian filmmaker on the art of documentary filmmaking.

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ASEF & UWRF invite online voting for story contest

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partner the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) have launched an online voting platform for the short story contest, Long Way Home

483 entries were received from Asia and Europe for the contest; a professional panel of judges have shortlisted 10 stories which are now featured online and two lucky winners will be chosen by members of the public.

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Ubud Writers and Readers Festival website unveiled

The website for this year’s Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali has been unveiled. The event will be held between 11 – 15 October.

This year the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The organizers have launched their discounted Early Bird Passes to the 2013 festival. They said that the 4 Day Early Bird Passes will be available to purchase until 31 July. They are valid for the 4 days of Main Sessions events and offer a discount of around 25% off the regular ticket price. 

This year will see some brilliant guests making their way to Bali  – including international authors Lionel ShriverIrvine Welsh,Deborah Moggach and Glen Duncan, as well as local superstars Goenawan Mohamad and Dewi Lestari – and many more events and guests are yet to be revealed.

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John Pilger to headline at UWRF 2012

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According to a statement by the organisers of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary maker based in London, has confirmed his participation as featured guest in the main Festival program.

Pilger has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award and his devastating and internationally renowned documentaries have polarised media and public opinion for decades. In 2009, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard.

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