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In its 16th edition, UWRF ponders consequences of human actions

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, October 13, 2019  /  06:31 pm
In its 16th edition, UWRF ponders consequences of human actions

Diverse lineup: Among the 180 speakers to appear at this year’s UWRF are (clockwise from top left) Iranian-American religious scholar Reza Aslan, Indonesian writer Laksmi Pamuntjak, Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh and Australian feminist author Clementine Ford. (UWRF/-)

More than a hundred authors, activists and journalists from 30 countries will gather at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) in Bali from Oct. 23 to 27 to share their stories and ideas on karma. Karma – the theme of this year’s UWRF – is derived from the Balinese Hindus’ spiritual principle of karma phala, where each action has a consequence equal in force, and similar in form. UWRF, one of the most prominent literary events in the world, will feature 180 speakers this year. True to its trademark as a platform for multidisciplinary contemporary dialog, the festival will showcase not just authors but also activists, chefs, fashion designers and performing artists. They will exchange ideas along with participants and guests across 170 programs during the four-day festival. Veteran Indonesian journalists Maria Hartiningsih and Andreas Harsono will...