lundi 27 août 2012

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival August 2012 : The 2012 UWRF 2012 Program Revealed

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We're very excited to finally reveal the 2012 Ubud
Writers & Readers Festival program to you.
Once again the festival fills Neka Museum with its mega set piece events, including the central session honouring the work and legacy of the great Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Literary conversations will play out in the beautiful setting of Indus and the intimate Left Bank Lounge.
Our program team have been working hard to develop the most exciting and diverse program to date. This year UWRF welcomes Nick Cave, Anna Funder, Jose Ramos- Horta, John Pilger, Richard Glover, Krys Lee, Jeffrey Eugenides, Kjersti Skomsvold, Kader Abdolah and Alice Pung to name but a few. From across the Indonesian archipelago the program showcases Riri Riza, Happy Salma, Mira Lesmana, Todung Mulya Lubis, Rio Helmi, Ketut Yuliarsa, Butet Manutung and Iswadi Pratama.
This year's festival features a raft of special events including:
Look Who's Coming to Lunch
Join Jose Ramos- Horta opens his heart and mind to the warm and witty Shamini Flint in tranquil and magical setting of Alia.
The Staff of Life
Relish the freshest, most thoughtfully presented and creatively inspired fusion food in Ubud as Como Shambhala's Executive Chef Amanda Gale, Myanmar's Ma Thanegi, Indonesia's Bondan Winarno and the US's Donald George discuss the growing, the sharing and the meaning of food with Janet Steele.
At Home with the Festival
Join Festival Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe at her iconic restaurant and relish the superb Indonesian fare for which she is famed. An abundance of food and fable, liberally studded with spice from Abeer Soliman, Bondan Winarno and Marcela Romero, flavoured with music from the island of the gods.
  joged bumbung dance The UWRF Street Party returns this year as Jalan Gotama closes to traffic and opens up to play - hosting a night of decadent fun with writers, poets, musicians and dancers. Featuring Komseni's musical orchestra, Joged Bumbung dance, bands and street poets at Bar Luna. We're proud to introduce a new addition to this year's festival: a venue where writers and audience can wind down overlooking the gorgeous Tjampuhan Ridge. The Art & Food Market (next to Left Bank Lounge) features the 'Rumah Baca/Reading Room' with a program of special readings throughout the festival, and a showcase of Endek cloth, batik, painting, sculpture and jewelry from the local Ubud artisans. Full program details and ticketing will be revealed at the end of August.
Stories in Cloth: A tour of Bali's Textile Traditions at the Alila Manggis
The Threads of Life tour offers five days in the countryside and on the coast of east Bali after UWRF. Steep yourself in the island's rich traditions, receive insightful introductions to the local culture and visit several weavers' cooperatives.
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Sign up soon as space is limited.
Fringe events have become a permanent fixture of the festival. Held at schools, universities and art communities in Denpasar, the free of charge events initially aimed at expanding the Festival's reach into local young authors and readers, who couldn't attend the Festival's programs in Ubud. Over the years, the fringe events have grown into an initiative that strengthens the Festival's relationship with the local literary communities and educational institutions.
This year the Festival will organize Fringe events at Udayana University, Danes Art Veranda, an alternative art space in Tanjungbungkak, Bentara Budaya, an art space funded and managed by the prestigious Kompas daily, and at DOK-Warung Tresni, an art hub in Renon that frequented by the island's creative artists.
The events will feature panel discussions, readings and performances. In Danes Art Veranda, authors Olyrinson, Indah Darmastuti and Muhary Wahyu Nurba will discuss their creative process and the very reasons that made them fall in love with literature in the first place while in
Bentara Budaya, Bandung Mawardi, Guntur Alam,
Benazir Nafilah and Mugya Syahreza will reveal their personal muses as well as whether they believe that their works have indeed made a difference to the world around
them. Amanche Franck, Ayi Jufridar, Aprilia Wayar,
Sunlie Alexander and Ayu Ratna Budhiarti will disclose the role of opposing sentiments have in their creative process and which that moves them the most, joy or pain, happiness or suffering. Iswadi Pratama, the brain and engine behind the captivating emergence of Lampung's Teater Satu, will share his knowledge and experience with Bali's young and promising dramatists in a workshop held at Bentara Budaya.

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