Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Unveils Lineup and Opens Early Bird Sales

  • A poster of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014.

    A poster of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014.

  • A panel session held at Ubud's Neka Art Museum, one of the festival's main venues.

    A panel session held at Ubud's Neka Art Museum, one of the festival's main venues.

  • Readers and writers get together for a dining session as part of the festival's program.

    Readers and writers get together for a dining session as part of the festival's program.

  • Nighttime events range from dance and musical acts to poetry performances.

    Nighttime events range from dance and musical acts to poetry performances.

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For literary enthusiasts, there’s no better time to visit Bali than for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, which fills the island’s art hub for five days 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 just announced the first round of writers, activists, and artists participating in the event.

Under the theme “17,000 Islands of Imagination,” the festival, now in its 12th year, is bringing together an array of international names including 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. From Indonesia, social advocate Andreas Harsono, novelist Eka Kurniawan, and political journalist Seno Gumira Ajidarma are set to attend, among others.

The festival has also opened its early bird ticket sales, offering a 20 percent discount on tickets—seeing four-day passes for international guests priced at US$238 and US$35 for Indonesian guests—until August 18.

For more information, visit the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

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