Makassar International Writers Festival

Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) is the first and only international literary festival held in Eastern Indonesia. The festival is organized by Rumata’ Artspace as an annual program. Since its first edition in 2011, the festival has become the most-anticipated literary event for the locals.

It is renowned for its relaxed and informal atmosphere as well as its diverse and eclectic program of stimulating, engaging and entertaining conversations.

Special Program

Ke Taman

A special collaborative project run by the festival’s creative team and artists which introduces a pop-up picnic park with a variety of different food, music, an open air cinema and an outdoor library. Ke Taman opens from 13 May until 20 May 2017

Special Program

Ruang Bersama

Ruang Bersama (or literally The Common Room) opens a dialogue on conflicts and trauma and how the victims and survivors share their stories with others. This program is sponsored by Kelola Foundation and The Danish Embassy, Jakarta.

Special Program

A Cup of Poetry

A Cup of Poetry is a combination of good coffee and tea with selected poetry and stories. Every afternoon at Taman Rasa, hosted by Rumata’ Founders: Riri Riza and Lily Yulianti Farid

Special Program

MIWF for Kids

a free program for children, parents, teachers and educators. Learn and enjoy the power of storytelling!

Special Program

Friends from Afar

is a special program for senior high school students living in regional areas to join the festival.

Speakers/ Writers

Djoko Damono


He was born on 20 March 1940 in Surakarta, Central Java. Sapardi’s lyrical poems have been widely published, read, discussed, analysed and transformed into beautiful songs.



an Indonesian-born writer, Xu Xi is an English language novelist from Hong Kong. Her latest novel, That Man in Our Lives, was recently published by C&R Press in September 2016.



Received a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award to move to West Java, Indonesia, and complete her first novel ‘Troppo’ in 2011. As part of this award, she worked with mentors at Universitas Padjadjaran and Universitas Islam Bandung.



Works as a librarian at Katakerja, a creative room in Makassar. His published works are: Aku Hendak Pindah Rumah (2008), Tokoh-tokoh yang Melawan Kita dalam Satu Cerita (2012), Kukila (2012), Kepalaku: Kantor Paling Sibuk di Dunia (2014), and Melihat Api Bekerja (2015).



Was born & is living in Germany, but Her parents are from Iran. Her first novel (Nachts ist es leise in Teheran = At night, it is quiet in Tehran) was acclaimed by many critics.



bestselling Indonesian author, best known for writing a series of popular novels focusing on the lives of young bankers in Indonesia. Her debut novel A Very Yuppy Wedding is published in 2007, and she has released seven books since

From last year

Check out the gallery from Makassar International Writers Festival 2016