UWRF 2018 Ndaba Mandela
UWRF 2017
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The Full Line-Up for UWRF 2018 is Here! – Welcoming Ndaba Mandela on Board

UBUD (8/14) – After announcing the first speaker’s line-up, finally Ubud Writers and Readers Fest (UWRF) 2018 has shared its full line-up. UWRF 2018 has reportedly invited Nelson Mandela’s grandchild, Ndaba Mandela as one of the speakers at the festival. He will share his journey about people’s movement, the power of resistance, endurance, the triumph of forgiveness, and the beauty of reconciliation. He has taken the torch from his late grandfather and his take is worth sharing with those who currently aim to have their words taken seriously by those in power. The annual literary festival which promises a world of stories, ideas and solutions at a time when amplifying diverse voices and rarely-heard perspectives are more critical than ever. That is why memoirist Clemantine Wamariya will be on board to share her experience in seeking refugee in 8 African countries. The author which has been invited to US talkshow Oprah will inspire you with her powerful journey and how she overcame tragedy.

Mandela and Wamariya will be joined by British filmmaker and novelist, Hanif Kuerishi; Indian novelist, Anuradha Roy; legendary poet from Indonesia, Sapardi Djoko Damono; Australian author, Kim Scott; British novelist and essayist, Geoff Dyer; Italian novelist, Giuseppe Catozella, and more names. The leading festival in South East Asia will reach its 15th edition this year, so it befits that the speaker’s line-up is selected from the best only. Fatima Bhutto, Dee Lestari, Uzodinma Iweala, Leila S. Chudori, Aan Mansyur, Sidney Jones, Jewel Topsfield, Yenny Wahid, Haidar Bagir, Noor Huda Ismail, Janet Steele, Dina Zaman, Barbara Demick, Rudi Fofid, Febriana Firdaus, Endy Bayuni, Putu Fajar Arcana, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister – Susi Pudjiastuti, Emmanuela Shinta, Yeb Saño, Gillian Triggs, Jane Caro, Djenar Maesa Ayu, Tishani Doshi, Clementine Ford, Saras Dewi, Jill Stark and Gurmehar Kaus are among the stunning line-up for this year’s UWRF.

UWRF 2018 Ndaba Mandela
UWRF 2017
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There are more names involved in this festival that you can see in our previous articles. Janet De Neefe, the festival’s co-founder also shared her opinion about Indonesia’s literature that should reign on its own home turf. Nowadays, more people acknowledge our country’s excellent authors, poet, filmmakers, writers and it is a good sign of change. See all programs of UWRF 2018 and grab the tickets on the website. 

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