MIWF Virtual Event

From 23 until 26 June 2021, we will bring together writers, readers, translators, editors, publishers, and community organisations to hear from, and interact with, leading speakers from Indonesia and other countries


Over four days, participants will have access to compelling and inspiring insights, stories and ideas. While virtual, people will be able to connect, network and lay the groundwork for the range of partnerships needed.

With ANTHROPAUSE as the festival theme, we dive deep into varied themes including resilience, survival strategies, new insights on humanity and global-local solidarity acts, inequalities, and the future of our Planet, and but not least what does the pandemic mean to writers, readers, communities, and the publications of literary works.

When people have been forced to stay at home in a global scale since March 2020, our nature is healing, but our economy has been collapsed and the effects of the long-standing inequalities as harmful as the Covid-19. In regards with connectivity and collaborations, what are the new learnings in 2020 and 2021?


More about the events

Wed, 23 June 2021, 15.00 WITA or 3 PM (Makassar Time) Reading Circle: Timur
Writers from East Indonesia will get together and reading each other’s works (Bahasa Indonesia)
Speakers: Deasy Tirayoh, Emil Amir, Erni Aladjai, Eko Poceratu, Felix K. Nesi, Gody Usnaat, Ilda Karwayu, Jemmy Piran
Host: Shinta Febriany and M. Aan Mansyur

Wed, 23 June 2021, 18.30 WITA or 6.30 PM (Makassar Time) Opening : Why Anthropause?
An opening speech by the festival director, Lily Yulianti Farid followed by the introduction of Emerging Writers from Eastern Indonesia and a conversation with featured writers and speakers. With special performance: t o d
Speakers: Nicholas Saputra (Indonesia), Gody Usnaat (Indonesia), Suzy Hutomo (Indonesia), Marina Mahathir (Malaysia), Sayaka Murata (Japan)
Host: Lily Yulianti Farid

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 16.00 WITA or 4 PM (Makassar Time) Special Project: Silence – Virtual Residency Project for Deaf Communities (Indonesia – UK) (International Program)
How have policies during pandemic affected people from deaf communities in Indonesia and UK? Are the policies inclusive and fair enough for them? How these people feel and what can they share to the public about inclusivity in the times of pandemic?
Speakers: Erni Aladjai (Indonesia, Fitrah Ramadhan (Indonesia), Lily Yulianti Farid (Indonesia), Niall Griffith (Wales, UK), Safyan Iqball (Wales, UK)
Host: Desca Ang

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 18.30 WITA or 6.30 PM (Makassar Time) Indonesian Literature in Translations: New Generations and Initiatives (International Program)
Speakers: Rara Rizal, Syarafina Vidyadhana, Tiffany Tsao
Host: Intan Paramaditha

Friday, 25 June 2021, 16.00 WITA or 4 PM (Makassar Time) Immobility and Displacement: The Life of Refugees in the Time of Pandemic (International Program)
Speakers: Bechrouz Boochani (Iran/New Zealand, Omid Tofighian, Warsan Weedhsan, JN Joniad, Erfan Dana
Host: Intan Paramaditha

Friday, 25 June 2021, 18.30 WITA or 6.30 PM (Makassar Time) Reading The People of Asia (Japan) - Loneliness and Japanese Literature (International Program)
Speakers: Motoyuki Shibata (Japan), Maesy Ang (Indonesia), Sayaka Murata (Japan), Andry Setiawan (Indonesia)
Host: Maesy Ang

Saturday, 26 June 2021, 14.00 WITA or 2 PM (Makassar Time) And the Stories Still Travel Adaptation, agility and innovations! Three Indonesian writers sharing their creative journey while trying to cope with one of the most challenging periods in the modern history (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Speakers: Dewi Lestari, Felix K. Nesi, Inggit Putria Marga
Host: Maria Pankratia

Saturday, 26 June 2021, 16.00 WITA or 4 PM (Makassar Time) The Untold Stories of Lockdown for Indonesian female migrant workers, writing is a healing process (International Program)
Speakers: Marina Mahathir (Malaysia), Gavin Seah (Singapore), Eli Nur (Singapore), Erin Cipta (Taiwan), Dyah Pitaloka, Frenia Nababan,, Nurjanah (Singapore), Nur Fadilah, Puji Astutik (Hongkong)
Host: Dyah Pitaloka

Saturday, 26 June 2021, 18.30 WITA or 6.30 PM (Makassar Time) Climate Fiction “Crisis Within Crisis: An Introduction to Climate Fiction (Bahasa Indonesia)
Speakers: Andhtya F. Utami, Mandy Marahimin, Khairani Barokka, Suzy Hutomo
Host: M. Aan Mansyur

Saturday, 26 June 2021, 20.00 WITA or 8 PM (Makassar Time) Closing Ceremony: What now and what next? With Lily Yulianti and Riri Riza
with a special performance by hara (Rara Sekar)



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