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Ubud Writers & Readers Festival | Ubud - Bali, 26 - 30, October 2016

TAT TVAM ASI I AM YOU, YOU ARE ME


Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Go Local: 2016 UFF to showcase the very best in local restaurants, ingredients and Indonesian culinary tradition, May 27 - 29, 2016

After bringing together over 6,500 foodies from across Indonesia and the globe for the inaugural event in 2015, the Ubud Food Festival (UFF) has announced its return to Bali's culinary capital from 27-29 May this year.

Showcasing the deliciousness and diversity of the Indonesian archipelago, the three-day event will span high energy cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops and master- classes, special events across some of Ubud's most celebrated culinary establishments, in- depth food forums and much, much more.

Go Local

"If there was one lesson we learned from the 2015 Ubud Food Festival, it's that the hunger is real," said Founder & Director of the UFF, Janet DeNeefe. "The enthusiasm of the local and international culinary community was so overwhelming, there wasn't really any question of whether we'd bring the Festival back for a second year."

The full program and line-up is set to be released via the UFF website early April when tickets go on sale, but organisers already have a few tasty treats for food enthusiasts to sink their teeth into.

"This year, this Festival program is centred on the concept of 'go local'," explains DeNeefe. "Whether that's showcasing local producers who work together with some of Ubud's best restaurants, or challenging our International chefs to get creative with tempe and turmeric, it's all about working with what Indonesia has to offer."

A window into Indonesian culture, the UFF will also dive into the rich tapestry of culinary tradition, from what a Balinese priest eats to a visit to the 'Tofu Grannies' who have been producing Ubud's artisan tofu for generations.

The Festival will also continue on its mission to bringing together chefs from all across the archipelago, from new chefs making waves on the rapidly evolving local food scene to the 'ibu-ibu' (mothers) of Indonesian cuisine.

With last year's high energy Rendang Cook-Off between Indonesia and Malaysia a huge hit, the Festival's cooking demonstration series will challenge chefs to plate up their best dishes, from spicy sambal to bebek goreng, exploring regional influences and traditional culinary customs. "Indonesian food is so incredibly diverse; even the most well-known dishes such as nasi goreng are unique to the areas in which they are made. We're also now seeing the modernisation of Indonesian food, as it gains momentum outside of the country and takes on international variations," said DeNeefe.

"The UFF is all about enriching our understanding of this journey, and exploring the social, cultural and historical context that surrounds it. How do we modernise and keep our traditional roots? That's what this year's Festival is all about."

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival October 26 30, 2016
TAT TVAM ASI I AM YOU, YOU ARE ME

Go LocalAfter celebrating its most ambitious and well-attended event in November last year, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has announced its return to Bali's cultural capital from 26 30 October, 2016. Centring on the theme Tat Tvam Asi, a Sanskrit phrase translated in Bali as 'I am you, you are me,' the Festival's five-day program of panel sessions, literary lunches, hands-on workshops, food tours, poetry slams, night parties and more will focus on dissolving the social, cultural, political and geographical barriers that divide us.

"Tat Tvam Asi is a bold recognition that in our purest state, all humans are identical and equal kindred spirits," explains Founder & Director of the UWRF, Janet DeNeefe. "If our souls are identical, then to hurt one another is to ultimately hurt ourselves." "This is a powerful ideology that underpins the collective identity of the Indonesian archipelago uniting people from incredibly diverse religious, ethnic, cultural and historical backgrounds to share common respect and understanding," she said.

The concept of Tat Tvam Asi has been prominent in literary and artistic expression for thousands of years, encapsulated as early as 150BC by Roman playwright Terrance, who mused, "If I am human, then nothing human is alien to me."

It has since been explored in various forms, not just as a thematic undertone of creative expression but through the very power of the arts itself; to communicate and empathise with the most common of human needs and aspirations. "Some of the world's most powerful works of literature are those that connect us with people, places or things of which we know so little," said DeNeefe.

"The power of these works is that they enable us to understand the lives of others and recognise our common humanity." "Last year bringing together more than 165 authors from 25 countries across the globe, the Festival prides itself in being a global platform to celebrate big ideas and extraordinary stories. In many ways, the Festival has encompassed the concept of Tat Tvam Asi since it first began thirteen years ago."

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