The theme is drawn from Balinese Hindu philosophy. Jagadhita is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity, interpreted in English as The World We Create.
The Festival's five-day programme will explore countless ways to create a world that we want to live in; how we strive as individuals and as communities to manifest positive change; and how to nurture this through respect and action that sustains compassion for each other and ourselves.
"Last year's theme, Sangkan Paraning Dumadi, or Origins, was an important reminder of our shared humanity," says UWRF founder and director Janet DeNeefe. "At a time when disparities rather than shared values are shaping political decision-making, we'll ask what harmony and prosperity looks like in 2018 and consider the tensions that have emerged between personal and collective fortunes in contemporary life. We'll be celebrating the writers, artists, thinkers and activists from across Indonesia and the world who are making a powerful contribution to our harmony and prosperity. Through the Hindu philosophy of Jagadhita, we'll explore the world they create."