Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Cultural Workshops and Cooking classes as well

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) happening from 26th till 30th of October in Ubud is not just about writing and writers. It offers a whole variety of cultural workshops and special events you can attend to make you experience even better.

For example on 27th of October, you can awaken your senses with a guided tour through the iconic Ubud market and learn about the herbs and spices used in ceremonial and everyday Balinese dishes. Upon return, to the cooking school, you can help prepare a lavish Balinese feast, with a glass or two of local rice wine or chilled hibiscus tea. The day after you can go for a Balinese Permaculture Tour On and find out how the Balinese have merged local knowledge with contemporary permaculture practices to improve produce and farming. It is interesting to discover how farmers use Bali’s unique calendar system, observing auspicious days for rice planting, composting, and ‘mejukutan’. On 30th you can join Herbal Walk Workshop that will introduce you to the wealth of natural remedies made from herbs and plants that grow wild around Ubud.

Organisers really went an extra mile to make Festival diverse, so the program will also pay tribute to the recent boom of Indonesian cinema, with the industry experiencing a significant revival over the past two years. Appearing alongside a special contemporary Indonesian film program will be film-maker of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival-screened “Prenjak” Wregas Bhanuteja, iconic Indonesian actor and director Slamet Rahardjo, screenwriter of the newly-released “Nay” Djenar Maesa Ayu and director of the HBO TV-series HalfWorld, Joko Anwar.

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