Saturday, October 10, 2009

Carnival lights up Ubud Fest

Ubud was a cacophony of sounds and words during Saturday's session of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, with a poetry slam, a street party and several discussions highlighting the fourth day of the festival.

The poetry slam session featured Omar Musa, an Australian hip-hop artist and spoken-word performer, who won the Australian National Poetry Slam.

The lively festival continued with a street party on Jl. Kajeng, which is deemed one of Ubud's most charming streets. During the party, people shared the community spirit and the local food in a carnival-type atmosphere of Barongs, monologues, poetry, comedy and music performances all along the street.

Saturday's festival saw some lively discussions between emerging local and international writers.

In a session themed "The Legacy of Rendra", Australian Max Lane - who translated some of W.S. Rendra's works including Perjuangan Suku Naga (The Struggle of the Naga Tribe) - said Rendra's works had yet to be influential in Indonesia.

During the full-day workshop, foreign participants learned one of the iconic art forms of Bali.

There was also the launch of Not a Muse, an anthology about 21st century woman, featuring more than 100 poets from 24 countries.

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival will close tomorrow night at the Antonio Blanco Renaissance Museum and will feature performances by musicians and street performers.

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