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Announcing This Year’s Theme and Festival Artwork


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We are proud to announce the theme and artwork for this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), which will return on 27-30 October 2022.Our 2022 theme is ‘Memayu Hayuning Bawana‘, an ancient Javanese philosophy that means the principles by which we care for, protect, and beautify our universe.

UWRF translates this philosophy into ‘Uniting Humanity’, which will unfold as a series of programs responding to humanity’s capacity to strengthen our ties as individuals and the world  collectively.The artwork for this year’s Festival was created by Balinese artist Ni Luh Pangestu, who expresses the sentiment of connectivity through printmaking.

Click below to learn more about the theme. Please also scroll down to see the artwork in full and read more about Ni Luh’s process and vision.


We are also thrilled to announce that UWRF 2022 will return to on-ground events and take place in person.

We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Ubud and once again celebrate the ways in which stories connect us across cultures.  

Until next time!

PS: Stay tuned for ticket announcements coming soon! 

Balinese artist Ni Luh Pangetsu created the artwork by combining the techniques of carving, manual colouring, and digital colouring. The ‘cukil’ trail becomes the dominant element that forms the work. The practice of carving is a meditative process that requires a high level of concentration using a knife. Intricate lines form a figure whose lifeforce is woven into the landscape to create a rich and animated realm. 



In just one day, you can enjoy three days of uninterrupted indulgence at our sister festival, the 2022 Ubud Food Festival (UFF), which will feature more than 70 culinary events happening across Ubud. Join us from 24-26th June as we celebrate culinary #HEROES from Indonesia and beyond!


Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
Jalan Raya Sanggingan
Ubud, Bali
Indonesia 80571

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