The Jakarta Post
Fort Rotterdam’s field is transformed into a space hosting literary discussions during the 2017 Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF). (JP/Andi Hajramurni)
The eighth Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) is to be held from May 2 to 5 at Fort Rotterdam, several campuses and other locations across Makassar, South Sulawesi.
Initiated by independent cultural organization Rumata’ Artspace, the event has been given the theme “Voice/Noise” and is set to highlight several important topics related to current affairs, in Makassar, nationally and globally, such as the 20th year of Indonesian reformation, the 2018 simultaneous regional elections, preparations for the 2019 presidential election, the growing cooperation between communities worldwide to respond to social phenomena and the rise of literature and cultural collaborations between different countries that were independently initiated by global citizens.
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According to a statement, almost 90 writers and speakers will be involved in the event’s more than 70 discussions, work readings, book launches, short workshops as well as art performances. Among them are writer Leila S. Chudori, literature critic Melani Budianta, Ronny Agustinus, national book ambassador Najwa Shihab, Pustaka Bergerak Indonesia founder Nirwan Ahmad Arsuka, Indonesian language activist Ivan Lanin, Makassar’s young writers Faisal Oddang and Ibe S. Palogai, as well as six selected East Indonesia writers Alfian Dippahatang (Makassar), Eko Saputra Poceratu (Ambon), Mohamad Baihaqi (Mataram), Rachmat Hidayat Mustamin (Makassar), Riyana Rizki (East Lombok) and Wika G. Wulandari (Tidore).
Discussions on the 20th year of Indonesian reformation are scheduled to take place at several campuses as well as the festival’s main location in Fort Rotterdam. MIWF will also host a special event titled “World Literature” featuring speakers from Japan, Germany, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States and South Korea; a monologue show called “Cut Nyak Dien” by Sha Ine Febriyanti; and a performance by Australia’s child theater group Polyglot. (kes)
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