By Keira, Class 6Y

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is an event held in Ubud – Bali, that celebrates all things about literature, reading, writing, film and culture. Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has become one of the largest literary, artistic and cultural events in Southeast Asia.

The festival is the brainchild of Janet De Neefe, an Australian-born woman who envisioned a literary space where talented artists could express themselves.

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is a yearly pilgrimage for experts and lovers of the literary world, ranging from readers, authors, musicians and chefs. There are a number of workshops and classes held throughout the festival where writers can hone their skills and get feedback from experts in the field. 

The mission of this event becomes a forum for an exchange of ideas and extraordinary stories as well as raising global issues. This festival is a meeting place for hundreds of writers and artists from around the world to recognize Indonesia as well as showing it off to the international scene. It presents panel discussions, exclusive banquets with world writers, workshops, film screenings, music and art performances, and many other activities.

The main festival events take place on Jalan Raya Sanggingan, just 5 minutes from the Ubud town center. Each year the program is spread out over a number of venues including Taman Baca, Indus Restaurant and Neka Museum. But there are also a number of other events scheduled in and around Ubud. 

Most sessions will be held in English, Indonesian or bilingual. Translators will be present in most sessions.

This year UWRF will be held from October 8th until October 17th,2021. The Festival moves forward with the theme drawn from a Balinese – Hindu philosophy, Mulat Sarira, interpreted in English as Self-Reflection. The Festival will explore self-reflection, cultural introspection, and human rights

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