Honoring 20 Years of Literary Artistry: Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2023

Honoring 20 Years of Literary Artistry: Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2023

In the picturesque town of Ubud, nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Bali, something truly magical happens each year. Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, set to celebrate its 20th-anniversary edition in 2023, is more than just a literary event; it's a celebration of culture, healing, and the power of words. Conceived in 2003 as a response to the first Bali bombing, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival was born out of a need for community healing. Over the last two decades, this remarkable event has not only provided solace but has grown significantly, establishing itself as a global platform for writers, thinkers, and performers.

Each year, this literary extravaganza brings together over 150 of the world's most captivating writers, thinkers, and performers. For five days, it serves as a platform for electrifying conversations, thoughtful debates, and the joyful celebration of literary culture.

The festival's program is a rich tapestry of author in-conversations, panel discussions, Indonesian dance performances, literary lunches, guided tours of Ubud's iconic sites, late-night comedy, music, spoken word galas, book launches, workshops, and events aimed at nurturing the creativity of emerging writers and young minds.

The Ubud Experience

One of the festival's unique offerings is the 4-Day Festival Pass, which grants unlimited access to its main program. With this pass, attendees can immerse themselves in engaging sessions for as many days as they desire. It includes:

  • Entry to the festival from Thursday, October 19th, to Sunday, October 22nd, 2023.
  • Access to the full spectrum of programs, including main panel discussions.
  • Entry to after-dark events, featuring exclusive film screenings and live music performances.

Nestled in the heart of Ubud, Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa is set to host an unforgettable event that will ignite the imaginations of literature enthusiasts and cultural aficionados. On October 21st, 2023, the Banyan Tree Deck and Sriwedari Lounge will come alive as they become the backdrop for the prestigious Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, broadcasting live to a global audience.

A Delightful Afternoon with Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb

In celebrating Ubud Writers Festival, one event not to be missed is a delightful afternoon at Plataran Ubud with Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb. These two remarkable women are among Australia’s most beloved journalists and cultural commentators.

Annabel Crabb, celebrated for her role as a writer and presenter at ABC, has spent two decades covering Australian politics with insight and humor. She's known for her popular series like "Kitchen Cabinet" and "The House," which provide unique glimpses into the world of politics and cuisine.

Leigh Sales, renowned for anchoring ABC’s flagship TV current affairs program, "7.30," is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Walkley Awards. Her debut book, "Detainee 002," received critical acclaim, showcasing her multifaceted talent. In addition to her television career, Sales co-hosts the immensely popular podcast "Chat 10 Looks 3," where she engages in discussions about books, television, politics, and culture, offering a personal and relatable touch to her work.

As Ubud Writers & Readers Festival enters its 20th year, it continues to be a beacon of literary excellence and a testament to the enduring power of words. It is a celebration of culture, healing, and the remarkable journey of bringing people together through the magic of storytelling.

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