THE first ASEAN Literary Festival, themed “Anthems for the common people“, will be held next month in Jakarta from March 21-23.
Held at the Taman Ismail Marzuki compound in central Jakarta, the event will gather Southeast Asian poets, novelists, playwriters, critics, academics, scholars and artists to perform and discuss various themes ranging from colonialism, human rights, democratisation, religion and ethnicity.
“The festival seeks to become a medium to boost the quality of the region’s literary works while being one of the bridges to get people of literature and the public in the region to know each others’s culture, arts and literary works, boosting the likelyhood of ASEAN to become full-pledge community,” said the festival orgnisers, Muara Foundation, in a statement on their website.
“The ASEAN Literary Festival is the first cultural event where all ASEAN countries, which share proximity, similarities in culture and literature... gather in one literary festival as one community of literature and culture.”
The event is supported by Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The festival will also present an ASEAN Literary Award to an influential Southeast Asian writer.
The Brunei Times