You'll probably recognise Ann Lee on the right in this picture, but who is this thoroughly obnoxious Malaysian government minister who wants to appropriate the Ubud Festival next year and have it happen in KL because, of course, the country does everything bigger and better?
This was once of the cabaret performances at the Jazz Cafe in Ubud last Saturday night. Other highlights of the evening were Indian author and contender Shashi Tharoor's stand up comedy with lots of UN jokes (the author was a contender for secretary general's post) , and Singaporean poet Cyril Wong's beautiful counter-tenor voice (he sounds like a cross between Andreas Scholl and Jimmy Somerville with not a note misplaced!).
A scene from Ann Lee's play Hang Li Poh: Melakan Princess being performed at The Yoga Barn on the first night of the Ubud Writers' and Readers' Festival. It was eerie and surreal ... but was this the way Ann intended it to be played when she wrote the piece?
I must confess though, that the full Balinese moon in the coconut trees did somewhat steal the show.
A much better account of the Writers' Caberet on Isman's blog.