We are delighted to announce the Emerging Writers for MIWF 2019. Our festival team will be contacting the selected writers for further information. On behalf of the festival curatorial team (Shinta Febriany, M. Aan Mansyur and Lily Yulianti Farid) we would like to extend our gratitude to 195 writers for joining this year’s selection. We do hope to see you all at MIWF 2019
As we are celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages this year, Makassar International Writers Festival and British Council Indonesia are inviting poets from Eastern Indonesia to join the Eastern Indonesia - UK Poet Exchange Program 2019. If you are a poet living in this region, we invite you to send your application by 30 May 2019. Please read the selection criteria above and only eligible applicants with completed documents will be included in the selection process. Don’t miss the opportunity!
In partnership with @at.indopositive we are inviting high school students from regencies in South Sulawesi to apply for “Sahabat Dari Jauh” (Friends from Afar) - a fellowship program designated for high school students to attend the festival. We will cover transport and accommodation for 5 selected students.
Check the detailed information and send your application by 7 June 2019.
We are thrilled to reveal this year’s festival theme: PEOPLE. The artwork is created by Malaysian artist Nadhir Nor and the official poster designed by Nurabdiansyah.
Here is the artist’s statement: “Grow and wilt. I promise I will be there for you, for us and for this ecosystem we built.” Hanya Memberi (To Only Give) explores the relationship we have with one another, with our community and even with ourselves. Whatever we do and whatever we give out into the world always comes back to us in some ways, pulsating into our veins and roots. Among these messy, almost chaotic system of giving and receiving, we can't deny the beautiful compositions and shapes we all take as we grow and entwines into one another. It is the beauty of growing together, and to always help and lend a hand (and nutrients) without ever expecting anything back and to create a sustainable future.