Set in the heart of Ubud, Bali’s vibrant art and cultural hub, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival invites thousands of attendees each year who are offered the opportunity to listen to world-leading writers, poets, and novelists in conversations about a range of themes.
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 18 – 23 October 2023
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival takes the spotlight as one of the flagship annual initiatives of the Mudra Swari Saraswati Foundation.
Established in 2004, the Foundation is a dynamic, independent, and non-profit organization, untethered from government influence. The dedicated members are all about enriching the lives and futures of Indonesians by weaving a tapestry of community-centric arts and cultural programs. The mission of the Foundation is to empower individuals and communities to unleash their creative potential, enabling them to thrive in our fast-paced, ever-evolving global society. The Festival serves as our creative engine, fueled by the proceeds from ticket sales at our events and workshops, allowing us to pursue our dreams of igniting creativity, providing education, and supporting the younger generation.
For the Foundation, it’s all about putting Ubud on the map as a hub for arts and culture. Its aim is to spotlight Indonesian writers on the world stage during our annual Festival and help young Indonesians unlock their potential through education and literature. Plus, the revenue the Festival generates from ticket sales covers free public events, workshops for local kids, high school students, and their teachers, and even enables local residents to participate, regardless of their budget.
The Foundation also supports emerging voices across the Indonesian archipelago. Each year, a team of independent curators sifts through numerous submissions, selects the best, translates their works, and publishes them in the Festival’s Emerging Writing Anthology Series. The winning authors receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Ubud to showcase their talent in front of international audiences.