Film Program: Indonesia Calling. Betelnut. Image Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja.
Film Program: Indonesia Calling. Betelnut. Image Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja.
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017 Introduces ‘Emerging Voices’ Program

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is coming back in 2017 and this time, Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati as the organizer of the festival introduces you to a new program called ‘Emerging Voices’. The program which is a free, four-day event aims to celebrate young writers, filmmakers, and artists from all across Indonesia. It is the reincarnation from former event called Bali Emerging Writers Festival which has been on hiatus for two years. Held alongside Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017, the program will create pathways for these emerging talents to the professional level. This year Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will be held from 26 up to 29 October 2017 at Taman Baca. Emerging Voices program itself will be conducted at Joglo of Taman Baca and comprised of a series of panels, discussions, workshops and performances spanning four key areas of the arts: writing, design, music and film.

LIFEs - Literature and Ideas Festival
Children & Youth Program: Make A Short Film. Campuhan College. Image Credit: Greg Saunders.
Children & Youth Program: Make A Short Film. Campuhan College. Image Credit: Greg Saunders.

A more detailed and complete schedule and line-up for the program will be announced simultaneously with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s main program in mid-August. The event will connect industry professionals and established artists, writers and performers with aspiring young creatives to develop their skills and confidence to pursue a career in the industry. “Supporting young Indonesians to pursue a career in literature and the arts, and to take pride in Indonesian arts and culture, has been at the heart of the Yayasan Mudra Swari Sarawati for over 14 years,” said Founder & Director, Janet DeNeefe. “Professional development opportunities for young creatives are still relatively scarce in Indonesia. Through Emerging Voices, we hope to instil confidence in participants and their families that, despite the challenges, a career in the arts is not only viable, but respectable. It’s something to be nourished and celebrated,” she continues. With these goals set for the program, it is no wonder that Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has been deemed as one of the best literary festival in the world by a renown media outlet, Harper’s Bazaar.

The Kitchen. Toko Toko. Image Credit: Sally May Mills.
The Kitchen. Toko Toko. Image Credit: Sally May Mills.

The ticket for this year’s festival will go on sale starting from July with the full line up completed and announced in August. The 14th edition of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will have “Origins” as its theme and once again it will deliver an eclectic program of events, from intimate literary lunches to hands-on workshops, fiery conversations to powerful live performances. Make sure to make room on your schedule to attend this festival, as your brains will engage in a fulfilling learning experience and inspirational sharing or workshops. For more information regarding this event, head directly to their officical website here.

Ubud Writers. The Kitchen: A Spice Journey: Masterclass & Lunch. The Herb Library @ Alaya Jembawan Resort. Image Credit: Sally May Mills.
The Kitchen: A Spice Journey: Masterclass & Lunch. The Herb Library @ Alaya Jembawan Resort. Image Credit: Sally May Mills.

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