14th Ubud Writ­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val to Fo­cus on ‘Ori­gins’

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For this year’s 14th Ubud Writ­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val, which will be held from Oc­to­ber 25 to 29, the world’s most prom­i­nent au­thors, per­form­ers, artists and thinkers will get un­der one roof to share sto­ries and ideas un­der the ban­ner of this year’s theme: Ori­gins.

Drawn from the Hindu phi­los­o­phy ‘Sangkan Paran­ing Du­madi,’ the theme ‘Ori­gins’ comes most ap­pro­pri­ately as it re­veals where we have come from and to where we will ul­ti­mately re­turn.

The lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val founder and di­rec­tor Janet DeNeefe ex­plains, “At a time of global un­rest and po­lit­i­cal tur­moil, ‘Ori­gins’ in­vites us to con­sider the big­gest pic­ture – to con­tem­plate not just our con­nec­tions from per­son to per­son, but as a col­lec­tive hu­man­ity ex­tend­ing across peo­ple, the planet and pe­ri­ods of time.” The fes­ti­val’s five- day pro­gram will build on pow­er­ful move­ments that have largely in­flu­enced and con­tinue to shape to­day’s world. It also aims to sup­port their cycli­cal man­i­fes­ta­tions through­out our ex­is­tence – from the po­lit­i­cal to the spir­i­tual to the tech­no­log­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal. As al­ways, the 14th Ubud Writ­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val will be a cel­e­bra­tion of the role lit­er­a­ture and the arts have in get­ting a good grasp of our place in the world. It will serve to pro­vide plat­forms for sel­f­re­flec­tion, col­lec­tive ac­tion and per­sonal con­nec­tions as lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals play a unique role in con­tem­po­rary dis­course.

Over the years, the fes­ti­val has evolved into a global com­mu­nity of ideas, em­pow­er­ment and ex­pe­ri­ences both for the in­di­vid­ual par­tic­i­pants and the di­verse groups that come to par­tic­i­pate. It brings to­gether hun­dreds of speak­ers from more than 20 coun­tries across the globe. UWRF re­mains one of the world’s most renowned av­enues that help show­case both the coun­try’s as­pir­ing and es­tab­lished writ­ers and artists.

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