Dear friends of MIWF,
Six weeks to go before we kick-off the fifth edition of the Makassar International Writers Festival. Our office is gearing up as the Festival Team is now selecting five emerging writers from Eastern Indonesia and recruiting more volunteers to work with the team. We have scheduled the announcement for the selected emerging writers for April 30th, 2015, and for those who already applied as volunteers, please check your email inbox on May 3rd. Everyone in our office is filled with excitements as the clock is ticking!
This week we are delighted to announce our festival line-up, ranging from a charismatic poet from Malta to a professor in journalism from Washington DC, from a prolific novelist from Luwuk Banggai, Sulawesi to a graphic novelist from the Netherlands.
This year’s line-up will feature Adrian Grima, a poet and lecturer in creative writing from Malta; Janet Steele, a professor in journalism from the US; Marc Nair, a writer and spoken word artist from Singapore; Alia Gabres, a poet and spoken word artist from Melbourne, Australia; a graphic novelist Peter van Dongen from the Netherlands; an award-winning children’s literature and cartoonist from Australia, Rolf Heimann; Indian journalist and writer Pallavi Aiyar; the US writer Bryan Whalen; the Director of Publication of Lontar Foundation, John MCGlynn From Indonesia; as well as our participating writers, which include the award-winning writers Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Oka Rusmini, Leila S. Chudori and Erni Aladjai; a prolific writer, host and the creator of popular TV Shows, Maman Suherman, talented and charismatic poets and writers Khrisna Pabichara and M. Aan Mansyur; a film producer and song writer Mira Lesmana; a multi-talent writer Agus Noor; respected writers, researchers and literary campaigners Nirwan Ahmad Arsuka, JJ Rizal, Alwy Rachman and Nurhady Sirimorok. We, of course, will add more participating writers as the festival approaches.
We are also delighted to announce the festival performer line-up, including the participants of Friends of Indonesia (a three month scholarship program to learn Indonesian arts and culture). This year’s participants come from 11 countries: Roxanne Tan Yu Xian (Malaysia), Du Ngan Linh (Vietnam), Inkar Abzhanova (Kazakhstan), Akosita Gaunavou (Fiji), Fabrizio Bottaro (New Caledonia), Natalia Blay Varo (Spain), Lucas Joseph Maria Ausems (the Netherlands), Umang Kochhar (India), Carmen Fetz (Austria), Filip Haken (Ceko), Lotebawa Moannata (Kiribati), Irfani Fathunnaja (Indonesia). Two sweethearts from Melbourne, Australia, Yana Millane and Nina Lim (Yana&Nina) are making a comeback with a project called “Sweet as Poetry,” along with the Melbourne-based Indonesian Traditional Dance Club, Sanggar Lestari.
So don’t forget to pencil our festival dates 3 – 6 June 2015 and follow our Twitter @makassarwriters for more updates and info. We are inviting all of friends from outside Makassar to fly to the city during the festival and introducing two hashtags as our online invitation: #junikemakassar (which literally translate as: going to Makassar in June) and, of course, #MIWF2015.
We hope to see you in June in Makassar!
Lily Yulianti Farid
Founder/Director of MIWF