The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival August 2012 : The 2012 UWRF 2012 Program Revealed
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
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.
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.
Contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Jean-François Vernay is the author of three monographs including “Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch” (Cambria Press, 2007), “The Great Australian Novel– A Panorama” (Brolga, 2010) and an essay on fiction, literary theory, criticism and emotions.
Essayiste et chercheur en littérature, Jean-François Vernay est notamment l’auteur de « Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours » (Paris : Hermann, 2009) et « Plaidoyer pour un renouveau de l’émotion en littérature » (Paris: éditions Complicités, 2013).