Bali’s Writers & Readers Festival places women in the spotlight

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I Wayan Juniarta – Bali Daily – Thursday, 17 October 2013 (originally published 12 Oct)

The romantic lelambatan (a classical gamelan musical ensemble piece) played by an all female gamelan troupe lit up the opening ceremony of the 2013 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) on Friday evening at the Puri Ubud royal palace.

The presence of the troupe and later on a procession of women carrying the statue of the Goddess Saraswati and other objects associated with the goddess of the arts and sciences, signaled the festival’s attempt to focus on issues affecting women.

“This year’s theme is ‘Through Darkness to Light’, which is inspired by the work of RA Kartini. We want to pay tribute to Kartini and all the strong women across the globe who have contributed a lot to shaping the world we live in,” festival founder and director Janet De Neefe said . . .

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