April 19, 2016
by Makassar Writers
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Welcome to the team!

Dear Volunteers,

Thank you for your interest in the Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) 2016, and for being so considerate about the delayed of the announcement.

We received applications from many qualified individuals for this volunteer opening. After reviewing the applications, we had to determine those individuals who would volunteer in MIWF 2016 and those who would not.

We have enclosed the list of selected Volunteers, and we will need you to send confirmation to each coordinator of every division.

Kindly click: http://bit.ly/1S7GYUi

Once again, we appreciate all the applicants for taking the time to apply and would warmly welcome the applicants to apply again next year.

See you at MIWF 2016!

 

Sincerely,

MIWF Selection Team

 

April 15, 2016
by Makassar Writers
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PRE-EVENT MIWF 2016 #Volume 1

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Read Out Loud!

Let’s get lost and find ourselves in books.

MIWF tahun ini mengambil tema BACA! dan pre-event ini dibuat untuk mengajak orang-orang menceritakan aktivitas membacanya secara personal ataupun komunal.

Edisi pertama, hari Sabtu tanggal 16 April 2016, menghadirkan beberapa guest readers seperti Cafe Dialektika, Kedai Buku Jenny, Perpustakaan Katakerja, Rumah Baca Philosophia dan Malam Sureq Makassar. Tentu saja kalian semua juga diundang untuk menceritakan pengalaman membaca buku masing-masing.
Acara ini gratis, mulai pukul 19.00 WITA

April 10, 2016
by Makassar Writers
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Enam Penulis Undangan MIWF 2016 dari Indonesia Timur

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Selamat berjumpa lagi di Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) 2016. Kali ini MIWF ke #6.  Peristiwa ini akan selalu berarti bahwa puluhan penulis penting dari berbagai sisi dunia berjumpa, berdiskusi, serta membacakan karya mereka di berbagai tempat di Kota Makassar.

Sebelumnya, ratusan tulisan kiriman penulis dari Kawasan Indonesia Timur,  tiba di tangan tiga kurator MIWF. Tulisan-tulisan itu dibaca, dinilai, dan enam dari penulis terbaik dipilih untuk diundang membaca dan mendiskusikan karya mereka di MIWF. Mereka juga diharap berbicara mengenai diri, masyarakat, dan lingkungan kepenulisan mereka ke hadirat MIWF.

Ada 162 penulis yang mengirimkan tulisannya. Mulai dari puisi, cerpen, novel, skenario film, naskah  drama, maupun resensi buku. Seusai membacanya, terbayang hamparan padang tulisan luas yang bertumbuh membentang dari selatan ke utara Indonesia Bagian Timur. Menanjak dengan gaya dan idiom khas budaya masing-masing.  Semuanya sarat janji bahwa mereka segera berkembang dan menghasilkan tulisan penting.

Tahun ini, enam penulis terpilih adalah: Anta Kusuma (Cerpen) dari Banjarmasin, Cicilia Oday (Cerpen) Manado, Chalvin Jems Papilaya (Puisi)  Ambon, Ibe S. Palogai (Puisi) Makassar, Irma Agryanti (Cerpen) Mataram, Wahid Affandi (Cerpen) dari Makassar. Selamat!

Selalu dinantikan tulisan berdaya-tarik estetik dan menyampaikan hal berguna bagi pemuliaan kemanusiaan, kebudayaan, dan lingkungan. Kekayaan kebudayaan berupa peristiwa, kisah, sampai benda unik di Kawasan Timur Indonesia, merupakan bahan gagasan berharga untuk ditulis. Banyak di antaranya sedang beranjak punah. Tulisan terutama dalam bentuk sastra dapat diharap mencegatnya dari kepunahan total.

Juga perihal penindasan dan ketakmampuan bersuara sebagai minoritas, penistaan dan perlakuan tak adil karena berbeda suku atau agama, perampasan hak suku-suku terasing, fakta-fakta sejarah yang ditutupi atau ditulis tanpa berpihak ke korban, penting pula dituliskan ke khalayak.

Nah, kepada kawan-kawan yang belum terpilih, jangan henti mengirim karya terbaiknya ke MIWF. Event ini akan datang lagi tahun depan dan selalu terbuka bagi kita untuk berjumpa udar karya di MIWF. Terima kasih kepada semua yang telah mengirim karyanya. Kami tunggu anda di MIWF.

Makassar, 09 April 2016

Salam Kurator:

Aslan Abidin

Shinta Febriany

M. Aan Mansyur

March 31, 2016
by Makassar Writers
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We need your positive energy!

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We are looking for Volunteers to help out with a variety of roles. We want you to have a brilliant time working with us and so we’re keen for you to be involved in whatever area interests you most.

Kindly click bit.ly/1REUzhr and send us an email letting us know what you’d like to be doing, what your availability across the festival dates is like, and why you’d like to be a part of MIWF 2016 to jessicapalinggi@gmail.com

Please get in touch if there is anything you’d like to discuss.

See you soon, Team!!!

March 21, 2016
by Fiska Ramli
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Participating Writers Revealed….

In less than two months, the sixth edition of the Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) will be held in the City of Makassar, South Sulawesi. As the first and only international literary festival in Eastern Indonesia, MIWF brings writers and prominent speakers together to share experiences and ideas on a variety of topics. And now we are pleased to reveal the participating writers and speakers: from a talented and young spoken-word artist from Singapore to the most-celebrated Indonesian writers; from a defender of environment from Bali to a prolific and award-winning poet from Germany.

This year’s theme READ! (BACA!) is inspired by the emergence of community libraries in Indonesia, from a horse library in a small village of Central Java to a boat library in West Sulawesi. Through a series of panel discussions, workshops, readings, and open forums, the festival will explore how Indonesia and Indonesian literature as well as the reading habit have changed and developed over the years, as well as where it will be going in the future. In addition to the main theme, the festival offers various topics and issues to be discussed and an exciting line-up for the book launch programs! (We will reveal the final programs in early April, so please be patient…)

As the most anticipated literary and cultural event in Eastern Indonesia, with an annual following that exceeds 5,000 people, we are pleased to announce our participating writers: two award-winning spoken word artists Alia Gabres (Australia) and Deborah Emmanuel (Singapore); French journalist, writer and community activist now living in Yogyakarta, Elizabeth Inandiak; Indonesia’s most celebrated author Eka Kurniawan; young German poet Marius Hulpe; prominent Indonesian film producer and script writer Mira Lesmana; best-selling authors Dewi “Dee” Lestari, Ika Natassa,  and Aditya Mulya; the much-loved Indonesian poet, Joko Pinurbo; the prolific award-winning script-writer and author Gina S. Noer; Indonesia’s leading travel writer and photographer Agustinus Wibowo;  and our very own poets and authors from Makassar: M. Aan Mansyur and Faisal Oddang. This year, the heroes of a grass-roots literacy movement, Ridwan Alimuddin and Maman Suherman, will join us again to share the first year of their journey in building the independent library project Nusa Pustaka. We are also pleased to announce Ari Reda as our special guests for the festival’s most popular program Singing Your Poetry! Are you ready to sing along with them? The environmental defender and Al Gore’s climate presenter, Suzy Hutomo will also join us this year to spread the power of activism and a green life-style.

Last but not least, the most-anticipated writers in our festival are the five emerging writers from Eastern Indonesia! We will announce the selected writers in mid-April. So don’t forget to mark your calendar and prepare your literary journey in Makassar.

 

See you in May! See you in Makassar!

Lily Yulianti Farid

Founder/Director of MIWF