Nandurin Karang Awak: Cultivate the Land Within
In addition to being about literature, words and the ideas they convey, the Festival is about connection and this year’s theme Cultivating the Land Within gives writers and readers, presenters and our audiences the place to explore and acknowledge an inner life.
The act of writing becomes a cipher, a place where the reader, led by their imagination can be transported to another world, a place that is a “land within”.
What is also impressive about this year’s Festival is the range of writers and speakers who will make up the program. This year the Festival features writers from Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Russia, Denmark, Italy, France, Palestine, Hong Kong, Columbia, the Ukraine, Japan, Tunisia, Samoa, Germany, Malta, Cuba, the United Kingdom, Egypt, India, Africa, Tunisia, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
The 8th International Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will take place in Bali, Indonesia from 5 – 9 October 2011. The UWRF will hold the festival in over 50 venues around Ubud, featuring a mixture of ticketed and free events, all underpinning the festivals aims;
- Sharing through storytelling, ideas and literature craft in the spirit of cross-cultural understanding;
- Foster greater international awareness and understanding of Indonesian literary cultures;
- Create opportunities for Indonesian writers to present their work to a global audience;
- Expose Indonesian audiences to the work of international writers.
The theme for this year’s Festival is Nandurin Karang Awak – Cultivate the Land Within. The theme “Nandurin Karang Awak: Cultivate the Land Within” is inspired by a line in Gaguritan Salampah Laku, a long poem in traditional metres. It was composed by Bali’s greatest Kawi-Wiku (poet-priest) Ida Pedanda Made Sidemen. In one part of the Geguritan, Ida Pedanda Made Sidemen says,”…idep beline mangkin, makinkin mayasa lacur, tong ngelah karang sawah, karang awake tandurin…” (My intention now, pursuing the life of simplicity, [since I] don’t have any rice field, [I shall] cultivate the land within myself).
This theme will provide a broad platform for attending authors to discuss about present and future issues, particularly ones that related to “land” the physical land as well as the metaphorical one, from alienation, exile, annexation, marginalization, to identity.
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