The Jakarta Post
In its second installment, Festival Literasi Gerakan Menulis Buku Indonesia encouraged people to write. (Shutterstock/File)
Festival Literasi Gerakan Menulis Buku Indonesia (Indonesia book writing movement literacy festival) was held on Nov. 6 at Graha Saba Convention Center in Surakarta, Central Java, as a way to encourage people to write.
Organized by the Gerakan Menulis Buku Indonesia (GMBI) program, the festival was the culmination of a literary events series held by GMBI. It was attended by 850 people, comprising students, teachers and members of writing communities from different provinces.
Suryo Handono, head of Gerakan Literasi Nasional, (national literacy movement) which was founded by the Education and Culture Ministry, told kompas.com that the festival aimed to motivate people to write.
Suryo went on to say that the ministry provided activities to encourage teachers and students to write regularly.
This year's event was the festival's second installment, featuring discussion panels and a book launch, among other things. A poetry competition at the festival broke the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) record for amassing 19,991 poems. (wir/wng)