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Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), will return this year for its 12th edition  from 28th October to 1st November at Bali’s cultural heart, Ubud. This upcoming festival will celebrate the theme”17,000 Islands of Imagination”, which was chosen by the Frankfurt Book Fair.

UWRF includes more than 200 events comprising 85 panel discussions, lunches, workshops, night parties, poetry slams, food tours and more, over five days. The festival has elected to present a united front in order to best showcase the rich literature and arts of the country to the world.

The festival will be attended by 160 authors from more than 25 countries which include American literary giant and Pulitzer Prize laureate, Michael Chabon, award-winning British foreign correspondent Christina Lamb, founders of the acclaimed Lonely Planet series Tony and Maureen Wheeler, and celebrated Pakistani author of ‘How to get filthy rich in rising Asia’,  Mohsin Hamid.

This prestigious festival will showcase talents from across Asia, including North Korea defector and TED-talk sensation, Hyeonseo Lee, and American author Elizabeth Rush, whose book ‘Still Lifes’ showcases her photographs of Yangon.

This year, discounted festival passes are available for ASEAN citizens. The ASEAN 4-Day Pass, which will be available to nationals from Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, offers 20% off the international ticket price.

The 4-Day Pass (ap US$223), the 1-Day Pass ($67) and the international visitor pass – for those without ASEAN passports – are all available for online purchase through the event’s website

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the non-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra SwariSaraswati. It was first conceived by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing. The mission of UWRF is to create a world class festival that celebrates extraordinary stories and amplifies brave voices, tackles global issues and big ideas.

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