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Suka Duka

7 September 2009

Suka-Duka is the theme of the sixth Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and is an Indonesian philosophy that translates as compassion and solidarity. It defines the essence of shared support that communities in Indonesia offer in times of joy and sorrow.

Invited guests include Noble laureate Wole Soyinka, Vikas Swarup, Hari Kunzru, Fatima Bhutto, Mohammed Hanif, N.H. Dini, Marco Calvani, Lloyd Jones, Arthur Flowers, Sonya Hartnett, Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Dany Laferriere and Alison Lester.

4 packed days of conversations, panels, performances and readings will take place in over forty venues across Ubud.

The human condition will be one of the underlying themes of the 2009 Festival with more than eighty established and emerging writers from more than twenty countries confronting global issues of humanity, the endurance of the human spirit and the experience of the “other”.

It will be a dialogue like no other with writers, poets and artists from all corners of the world descending on Ubud and expanding visions and shattering ethnic stereotypes. Voices from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond will share their thoughts in a dynamic exchange of words and wisdom. In 2009 we welcome writers from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and Haiti.

Linger over a literary lunch or candle-lit dinner in some of Ubud’s elegant hotels and gracious homes featuring our acclaimed writers. Enjoy poetry under the shade of frangipani trees or late night readings in Ubud’s legendary bars. Be dazzled by some of the finest performance poets in the region in grass-roofed venues surrounded by ricefields and be prepared to laugh out loud in a Karaoke celebration of words with our acclaimed authors belting out re-writes of modern tunes.

Join workshops that teach the craft of writing, in between book launches, performances, exhibitions, cooking classes, cocktail parties and celebrations into the early hours of the morning.

And if that is not enough, the 2009 Festival will take to the streets, once again, with a dazzling carnival of poetry and performance in one of Ubud’s charming laneways.

Is it any wonder we are named ‘one of the top writer’s festivals in the world !’

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