Ubud festival: A dance, conveying the message “Tat Tvam Asi” (I am you and you are me), is the highlight of the opening of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 at Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud, Bali. (Ubud Writers & Readers Festival/Anggara Mahendra)
Writers and literary fans alike are currently gathering in Ubud, Bali until Oct. 29 to attend the famed Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) 2017.
“UWRF takes the first for the most anticipated literature event in Southeast Asia,” said UWRF founder and director Janet DeNeefe.
UNWRF is said to be among the top three high-class events in Bali alongside Ubud Food Festival and Bali Emerging Writers Festival.
Back in 2015, the event attracted thousands of visitors during the five-day festival. More than 50 locations around Ubud were used for UWRF 2015 and more than 150,000 writers, speakers and cultural experts from Indonesia and overseas attended the event.
This year marks the 14th anniversary of Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.
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“This year’s UNWRF will have the theme of Origins in the midst of unrest and political turmoil. Origins also invites people to see the big picture; it isn’t just about the person-to-person relationship but together as humans in this planet from time to time,” Janet added.
The theme is inspired by a Hindu philosophy called "Sangkan Paraning Dumadi" that talks about the humans’ eternal relationship with the human origins where they will return later in life.
Indonesia is said to send 15 representatives who have previously been selected from a total of 915 literature works. The judging process will be done by three judges, namely Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Leila S.Chudori and Warih Wisatsana.
“The 15 chosen writers will appear at UWRF 2017 with award-winning writers,” said Leila. (kes)