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This top festival will insipre and move you
The festival, which started back in 2004, is a huge event on the yearly calendar within Ubud. It features around 180 authors, journalists, artists and activists hailing from around 30 different countries. And over the 5 days, there are 170 plus events taking place within 70 venues around Ubud.
It really is a truly international affair with the speakers traveling from all around the world. From Cameroon and Columbia to Portugal and Pakistan and everywhere in between. In fact, it has been named by The Telegraph as one of the world's five best literary festivals for 2019.
The programme consists of more than just presentations. There are lively debates encouraging meaningful exchange, the sharing of ideas and discussion of concerns. Together with intimate literary lunches and also hands-on workshops.
Every year there's a theme and this year is no exception - Karma. Although well-known around the world, as the location is in Bali, they are also taking into consideration what Karma means within the Hindu philosophy. How actions in a previous life may affect the present. Or deeds committed in the present affect your future. Balinese Hindus are aware their fate is not divine in origin, but in their own hands.
Photo with thanks from Priscilla Huwae
The festival is trying to accommodate anyone who has any additional needs. Although Indonesia is not generally wheelchair friendly, they do have people on hand to assist where possible. Please contact the organisers in advance to see if they can help you make the most of the event. Also, most sessions will be conducted in English. Bilingual or Indonesian sessions will be noted in the programs and translators will be on hand to help.
If you are in Ubud with children, they are more than welcome to attend the event too. See the main website for more details and be sure to book sessions for them as soon as possible as they are limited and very popular.
And don't forget Ubud in its own right is a special place; in fact this year it was placed sixth on Travel and Leisure's Top 15 Cities in the World. It's fondly nicknamed the heart and spiritual centre of Bali. Famous for its arts, crafts and practice of yoga, not to mention stunning views of rice fields and rivers.