After receiving news that her book launch at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival would be cancelled, author Eliza Vitri Handayani devised a creative peaceful protest that prompted discussions about working around censorship with the added bonus of helping her book sales.
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’.
The inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival will launch on 5 November with the four-day event bringing together a a range artists to celebrate contemporary Cambodian culture, according to Julien Poulson, event organiser and founder of the Kampot Arts and Music Association (KAMA).