Held annually in Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heartland, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has become Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event.
The mission of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is to create a world class festival that celebrates extraordinary stories and amplifies brave voices; tackles global issues and big ideas.
We are proud of our continuing success in bringing Indonesian and international writers together on a world stage and creating a space for conversation and connection across cultural divides.
The 2016 dates will be October 26th to 30th.
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.
The main sessions of the program take place at Left Bank, Indus Restaurant and Neka Museum, all located on Jalan Raya Sanggingan in Ubud. We also use other venues throughout Ubud – more details will be available at time of program release.
Each year Ubud Writers & Readers Festival recruits a team of approximately 200 volunteers, without whom the Festival would not be possible. For more information on becoming a volunteer please visit the Volunteer page on our website.