For the 12th year, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival delivered an astonishing and stimulating program that delighted attendees and artists from all over the world. The festival did face some controversy this year after local authorities threatened to revoke the event’s license should organisers insist on running panels and events related to the 1965 communist killings. As such, those events were cancelled, but festival goers still found spaces and opportunities to discuss the 1965 issue nonetheless as festival founder, Janet DeNeefe noted in her opening speech, ‘Beyond the panels, you can talk about anything’.
And everyone did, from Indonesia’s shifting cinema scene to the influence of passports on writers’ works, there was a veritable buffet of interesting ideas for everyone to consume. Here’s a gallery of some highlights, but for more you can visit the UWRF Facebook page.