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Ubud writers and food festivals to go online in October

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, August 25, 2020  /  11:21 am
Ubud writers and food festivals to go online in October

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF). (Ubud Writers & Readers Festival/Wayan Martino)

A festival that aims to "rebuild Bali" was announced on Monday by the creator behind the popular Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) and Ubud Food Festival (UFF).

Set to be held virtually from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8, KEMBALI20: A Rebuild Bali Festival is said to "bring together the most successful elements of UWRF and UFF".

“UWRF was created to boost the economy and ‘reflower’ the community after the devastating effects of the first Bali bombings. As a festival with a mission, we believe that once again, it is our duty to help Bali heal and that culture is at the heart of rebuilding societies,” said Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati founder and director Janet DeNeefe in a statement.

The online festival will be accessible for artists and audiences around the world through donation-based sessions. The programs are said to include discussions, workshops, book launches, poetry reading, children’s program and film.

Due to the pandemic, both UWRF and UFF, which aim to promote Ubud as a center for arts and culture and showcase Indonesian artists, writers and chefs on an international stage, have been postponed for the first time in 17 years. (gis/kes) 


Due to the global pandemic, Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati made the tough decision to postpone #UWRF and #UFF for the first time in 17 years. Now, the Foundation is back with a new and exciting event delivered in a new format, KEMBALI 2020: A Rebuild Bali Festival Presented by ABC. Kembali — Indonesian word for return, come back — is a festival of literature, food, art and culture, bringing together the most successful elements of UWRF and UFF. KEMBALI20 will be this year’s most important celebration of Indonesia’s creative arts and culinary richness, a pillar of human resilience and survival. #KEMBALI20 will serve programs focusing on an outstanding line-up across the creative arts, from literature to film, design, fashion and journalism, as well as, those in the culinary world. From Sabang to Merauke, Singapore to Mexico, all events are accessible to a global audience through its donation-based sessions. Discussions, workshops, book launches, poetry readings, children’s program and film, will be presented in digital format. Some programs will be available on the ground for limited local audience, following all the required COVID-19 safety procedures. Stay tuned on this space as we will be releasing the full program and schedule in September. For more information about KEMBALI20, head to Linktree in our bio. #KembalikeBali #ARebuildBaliFestival #KEMBALIPresentedbyABC

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