Those that attended the 2019 Writers and Readers festival during late October 2019 had the privilege of experiencing one of Bali’s biggest events held in Ubud. 180 authors, artists, activists, and journalists including Irvine Welsh from Trainspotting’, hip-hop artist Akala and the award-winning writer, poet and playwright, Lemn Sissay from the US, writer Lindy West, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Megan K. Stack. Click here for a complete list of speakers, and click here for the Main Program events.
Opening Day at Ubud’s Writers and Readers Festival
The opening of the event started with a 4 pm workshop named “Writing for the healing”, followed by a film screening, a gala opening, and then a writer’s dinner party with live music, arts, and then ending the evening with a “Women of Words Poetry Slam”.
The next morning the doors reopened at 8 am where writers and thinkers alike started their day right with a traditional Indonesian breakfast at one location and a cooking class at another.
There were enough activities to keep everyone busy from sunup to sundown including stand-up comedy, cinema, live music concerts, and parties. There were also children’s workshops about “Building your own Superhero” or discussions on karma and kindness. (full lineup here)
In case you wanted to leave the scene, Ubud tempted many to explore past its busy roads like eclectic shops, art and history museums, or even check out Monkey Forest. Everything was in walking distance.
The last day of the festival started with early morning yoga at 7AM, a herb walk at 8AM, and events leading up to a final farewell night party and special event, “Stories by The Sea”‘.
Until Next Time in 2020
An international event that provides interesting workshops, not only deep discussion among writers but also connecting writers with their readers. Great theme with a ton of inspirations for all visitors.
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