Monday, October 24, 2011

Ubud Writers Festival in Bali

A couple weeks ago my senior blogger fellow Colson wrote about an interesting event carried out in Bali. ANZ Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) opens with a festive Gala Opening celebration in the Royal Palace, October 5 2011. The event was officially opened by Sapta Nirwandar Director General of Marketing for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Its audiences are spreading the word and being anticipated the most diverse, rewarding and enriching Festival ever. The writers are coming, the readers are booking, Ubud is opening its heart to welcome the literary community as never before! Whether your passion is poetry, your fetish is fiction, your love is of language, you’ll find it here.
In the four days ahead, ANZ UWRF will present an array of over 100 programs with 137 writers from 20 countries, including Indonesia. Acclaimed and emerging Indonesian writers will be sharing panels with international writers in various sessions that wraps around the Festival’s theme for the year: “Nandurin Karang Awak-Cultivate The Land Within” 
The luxury of laughter 
Among the big issues and concerns in the Festival program, laughter will ripple through the sessions. Seriously funny people at this year’s event include Hong Kong‘s best selling author of The Feng Shui Detective series, Nury Vittachi. Nury will romp through the delicate art of putting humour on the page in company with writer, comedian and actor Corinne Grant of Rove Live and The Glasshouse notoriety, the charismatic Iraqi born Rodaan Al Galidi and Sri Lankan novelist Shehan Karunatilaka. Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone is travel memoirist Brian Thacker, whose best selling reflections are brilliantly entertaining and hilariously irreverent. 
Watch out for the mayhem among the meaningful in the main program. Prepare for madness and wear comfortable clothing. 
Wow…. It’s really very sensational !


colson said...

The Festival was a sounding success - well, that's according to the ( limited) information I got. It helped to read a few a instructive posts and a lot of (sometimes hilarious) tweets by Hning (, who was a liaison officer during those four days.

Setyo-Utomo Said said...

@colson : Really appreciate your comments, Jerry. Have a great week ahead !

H. Nizam said...

Many years ago, I have lived in Ubud for several months. So I know that Ubud is the right place for writers' festival.

Setyo-Utomo Said said...

@H.Nizam : Thanks for your comments. Have a happy feeling every time you wake up in the morning !