The 2012 theme is “This Earth of Mankind: Bumi Manusia” from the title of a work by one of Indonesia’s greatest contemporary writers, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. This profound theme that touches on humanity in all its complexities and the universal power of story telling will be at the heart of the UWRF.
Nick Cave, one of the featured guests, is an acclaimed composer, script writer, novelist and occasional actor. Cave’s literary career began in 1989 with his debut novel And the Ass Saw the Angel while his second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, was published in 2009. Cave has also published collections of lyrics and prose and written mesmerising film scores and the screenplay for Lawless, starring Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce. He continues to record and tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and collaborates in an ever-increasing variety of music, literary, film and theatre projects.
Said UWRF International Program Director Jeni Caffin, “The festival celebrates great writing wherever it is found, in books, on screen, in journalism, song or on stage. To find an artist who straddles almost every genre and creates images and narratives of surpassing beauty and emotional intensity in every one of them is rare. It is an honour to include Nick Cave in our already stellar line-up.”
This program honours the diversity of writers across the globe, in keeping with the theme, This Earth Of Mankind. Other headliners include Anna Funder of Melbourne, the author of the internationally acclaimed prize-winner Stasiland and the Miles Franklin award-winning novel All That I Am, and John Pilger of London, journalist and documentary maker.
Book launches and special events, community & arts, children & youth, plus writing & cultural workshops like ancient shadow plays of Bali, batik making and herb walks around Ubud during the festival.
Visit the official festival website.
Gay and lesbian visitors to Ubud are plentiful year-round, and especially during festivals.