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Bali’s Ubud begins 20th writers’ festival aimed at drawing 15,000 people

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In this article: Eka Kurniawan Putu Wijaya

Written by Clement Yong
Originally published in Straits Times.

Oct 19, 2023
Bali’s cultural capital Ubud on Wednesday night welcomed more than 200 authors, journalists and activists to its annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, continuing a struggle against the erasure of Indonesian literature on the world stage and seeking to reverse the falling number of Indonesian readers.

The opening gala was attended by representatives of the Indonesian government and the Australian and United States’ diplomatic corps, who praised the festival for promoting “literacy, the freedom of expression and diversity”.

Hundreds crowded into the intimate forecourt of the historic Ubud Palace, which formed the backdrop for recitals, traditional dance performances and speeches.

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