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2014 Theme

This year's theme of the festival is "Anthems for the Common People", which is inspired by "Song of the Grassroots" by an Indonesia's abducted and still-missing but influential poet and activist Wiji Thukul. With the theme, ASEAN Literary Festival wants to dedicate itself to become the voice of ordinary people. The event exists as a people's festival where literature and art will be brought closer to the public and celebrated together.


2014 Programs

Day 1 Opening
Workshop “Beyond Poetry Reading”
(Rendra is known as one of Indonesia’s greatest poetry readers beside his long-lasting poems. The New Order Regime, for instance, did not ban his poems, but prohibited his poetry reading events. This workshop is inspired by Rendra who among others shows us that a poetry reading could influence the mass, and that poems are most powerful when they are spoken out)  
Opening speech by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa
 ASEAN Literary Award presentation
 General Lecture
Day 2: Literature and Humanity
Contemporary ASEAN Literature
(a discussion of the region’s contemporary literature and its >>more

Speakers & Artists


Afrizal Malna

Afrizal Malna, is an Indonesian activist and writer of prose, poetry, and theatrical texts. He has published several books, such as: Ruang di Bawah Telinga, Biografi Visual Made Wianta (2009), Pada Bantal Berasap (2010), Perjalanan Teater >>more

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