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THIS IS THE WAY I RESIST: LITERATURE, DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN TODAY’S SOUTHEAST ASIA

MOHD FAIZAL MUSA (FAISAL TEHRANI)

Opening Speech 4th Asean Literary Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

1. Why Do We Write?

There’s no good reason for me to be here; sharing this space, expressing my aesthetic rights without a singular imperative: I believe in literature. I have faith in democracy. I have the right to express myself and to express the rights of others that I believe in too. Surely every person out there believes in their rights, although some do not believe them to be equal. But we are all equal citizens of the same earth, there is no other way to champion these rights than to struggle with each other to find compromise; be it through legislation, or revolution if necessary. As Hannah Arendt put it:

If the laws of [your] country do not live up to the demands of the Rights of Man, [you] are expected to change them, by legislation&hel >>more


Program Book of ALF 2017

For more detail of ASEAN Literary Festival 2017, download Program Book of ALF 2017 here

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Literary Lunch with Okky Madasari

Batavia Market Kota Tua Jakarta

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 11.00 am onwards

 

After five novels, a short-story book, series of essays and a literary festival, Okky Madasari invites you for a special, intimate and exclusive lunch during the fourth ASEAN Literary Festival as she opens to discuss about her thoughts, works, activities.

 

This lunch is a little bit of farewell as she is going to Iowa Writing Program followed by a visiting fellow with the National University of Singa >>more


Jambore Nasional Sastra

Writing can change the world and you can make a difference!!!

Literature can be much more fun than game, gadget or even social media

This year we introduce new program spesifically for students, children and teenagers called “Jambore Nasional Sastra” so that they can be part of literary world and know reading and writing can be fun.

 

Venue: Museum Keramik, Kota Tua, Jakarta

 

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Workshops for Life

Every year we present series of quality workshops related to art and literature to raise awareness while giving basic understanding and skills, and practical sides of the subjects to the public in general. This year, the festival presents series of workshops as follows:
 
 
Venue: Museum Wayang, Kota Tua Jakarta 
 
1. Writing Workshop with Gramedia Pustaka Utama Part 1
"Eksplorasi Tema Novel Remaja" (I >>more


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