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Writers try to reclaim “people” during 2019 MIWF

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, June 26, 2019  /  04:06 pm
Writers try to reclaim “people” during 2019 MIWF

Makassar International Writers Festival 2019 poster. (Makassar International Writers Festival/-)

The word “people” is a popular one used by politicians and political parties in democratic countries such as Indonesia. After all, the most common definition of a democracy is a government by the people, for the people and of the people. Nevertheless, in almost every election, the word “people” has been used as nothing but a mere vote-getting instrument for elites who want to be in power. To address this issue, dozens of writers and hipsters alike will gather, dine and chat among themselves to take on “people” as a theme for the ninth edition of the annual Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF). Running from June 26 to 29 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, the MIWF will attract 68 writers and speakers. They will join 68 discussions spread across Fort Rotterdam and five universities in Makassar, with an expected 30,000 in attendance. With ...