For literary enthusiasts, there’s no better time to visit Bali than for theÂ Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, which fills the island’s art hubÂ for five daysÂ of readings, panels, poetry slams, film screenings, and book launches. This year’s festival is scheduled to run from October 28 to November 1, and it has justÂ announced theÂ first round of writers, activists, and artistsÂ participating in the event.
Under the theme â€ś17,000 Islands of Imagination,â€ť the festival, now in its 12thÂ year, is bringing together an array of international names includingÂ author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid, Vietnamese-born Australian author Nam Le, and founders of the Lonely Planet Guides Tony and Maureen Wheeler. FromÂ Indonesia, socialÂ advocate Andreas Harsono,Â novelist Eka Kurniawan, and political journalist Seno Gumira Ajidarma are set to attend, among others.
The festival has also opened itsÂ early bird ticket sales, offering a 20 percent discount on ticketsâ€”seeing four-day passes for international guests priced at US$238 and US$35 for Indonesian guestsâ€”until August 18.
For more information, visit the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.