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Litbeat Festival to boost collaborations among book, creative industries

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, August 30, 2019  /  06:07 pm
Litbeat Festival to boost collaborations among book, creative industries

The National Book Committee will hold Litbeat Festival to encourage collaborations among the book industry with the creative industry ecosystem. (Shutterstock/Ekaterina Pokrovsky)

The second edition of Litbeat Festival (Literaction Festival) is set to be held at the National Library of Indonesia in Central Jakarta from Sept. 2 to 3.

Organized by the National Book Committee, the festival will feature around 70 local and international writers, editors, publishers, illustrators and designers who will act as speakers and moderators in workshops and panel discussions.

The theme of Litbeat Festival 2019 is "What’s Next", to further explore the transition from manual to digital and the all-around development of information technology. It will also discuss the creative industry ecosystem, as books can be transformed into films, music, television programs or web series.

The festival is open to the public and is aimed as a room for book enthusiasts to share ideas and experiences.

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Along with Litbeat Festival, the committee will also hold the Jakarta Fellowship Program from Sept. 1 to 7, which is a residency for international publishers that aims to support collaborations with local publishers as well as future opportunities. Selected publishers and literary agent partners so far come from France, Australia, Turkey, China, Singapore and Bangladesh.

Other programs featured within the festival are The Market and Pasar Buku (Book Market). The former is a marketplace in a business-to-business format among the publishing sector with content creators and creative producers. The Indonesian Film Producers Association (Aprofi) will be one of the participants in the marketplace. Pasar Buku is a bazaar with books and creative products offered at affordable prices.  

Laura Bangun Prinsloo, head of the National Book Committee, said, “We support the collaboration of the book industry with other creative industries, especially films. We plan to encourage potential writers to make pitches to film producers and hopefully, from then on they can make a collaboration.” (wng)

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