Over 150 writers, artists, activists and performers from more than 30 countries will take part in the 16th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) in Ubud, Bali, from Oct 23-27.
Drawing inspiration from Hindu philosophies, the festival unveiled that this year’s theme will be “Karma”. In a media release, it said that “for Balinese Hindus, Karma Phala is the spiritual principle that each action has a consequence equal in force, and similar in form”.
“As actions in their previous life affect their present, and deeds committed in the present affect their future, Balinese Hindus are aware their fate is not divine in origin, but in their own hands,” said Janet DeNeefe, UWRF founder and director.
The UWRF also revealed that the artwork for this year was created by visual artist Samuel Indratma, one of the founders of Yogyakarta public art collective Apotik Komik.
“I tried to depict what karma is. Do people change their face? Do they change their form? This is why I chose the symbol of the mask. I imagined karma as a human cycle that continues to spin, then returns again,” he said in describing his artistic process.
Last year’s theme “Jagadhita: The World We Create” promoted the idea that harmony with others should be one of our primary goals. Its speakers included Hanif Kureishi, Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas and Susi Pudjiastuti.
In July, early bird tickets will go on sale and the first line-up will be announced. The full programme will be announced in mid-August. – The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network