Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 is only 2 weeks away, and we’re getting all excited. Being both writers and readers ourselves, we try to go every year, and we can honestly tell that each year gets better and better. It’s the overall festival mood that we enjoy the most, but also the people we meet (literally from all over the world!), the creative vibe, the not-so-common chats at the coffee breaks. Hey, check this out: nobody talks swells, yoga teacher crushes or beer pong hangovers! Which is quite refreshing The festival is not only about lectures and workshops, it’s the fringe events that we enjoy most: there are art exhibitions, concerts and poetry slams within the After Dark programme, great food and so much more. Heaps of FREE things to do, too!
If you are still not sure WHY a tough guy/sexy babe like yourself should join the “book worms gathering”, we’ve selected the most unusual participants that might catch your attention. Click on each name to find out what these guys gonna be doing at the festival.
- Muslim hip-hop group, the Brothahood: the Brothahood use hip-hop as a tool to instil faith into young Muslims who are conflicted with their own identity. They break down stereotypes and misconceptions of Muslims from the West, as well as bringing positive insights into life through music, regardless of race, gender or creed. They’ve created a whole new theme to the wider hip-hop scene whilst maintaining hip-hop’s core essence: taut and intelligent rhymes, and production skills that are sharp and always on-point.
- Reigning Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin : an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin was to represent Canada at the Miss World pageant in China. However, she was refused a visa and declared a persona non grata by Chinese authorities for her outspoken views on the country’s human rights violations and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. An accomplished actress, Lin often works at the intersection of art and activism.
- Poet, activist and World Poetry Slam Champion, Emi Mahmoud : the reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion of 2015. Currently a senior at Yale University, a Leonore Annenberg Scholar, and Global Health Fellow, Emi studies Anthropology and Molecular Biology at Yale in the hopes of one day alleviating structural disparities on maternal and child health in disadvantaged communities the world over.
- 2016 Cannes Short Film prize-winning film-maker, Wregas Bhanutedja : in 2014, his short film Lembusura was chosen to compete at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival 2015. Another short film, The Floating Chopin (2015) competed at the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival and his film Prenjak (In The Year of Monkey) was awarded Leica Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film at Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival 2016.
Find out about tickets and day passes here.