Bringing together the finest writers from across Southeast Asia, the ASEAN Literary Festival 2014 will again be held at Taman Ismail Marzuki Art Center, Jakarta from 15th to 22nd March 2015.
Building on the huge success of the first ASEAN Literary Festival in 2014 when it adopted the theme : democracy and human rights under the banner of "Anthems for the Common People", the 2nd edition of the ASEAN Literary Festival will take on how ASEAN's literary works and its authors respond and adapt to the current global system, and deliver questions faced by themselves and their societies, with a bold tagline on "Questions of Conscience."
"The theme is chosen in response to the global dynamics and progress, especially on consumerism and the rapid development of the information technology" stated Director of ASEAN Literary Festival (ALF) Abdul Khalik as reported by tempo.co.
This year, over 20 countries (ASEAN and non-ASEAN) will participate in the event by bringing together some of the finest writers, artists, academics, publishers, and filmmakers. The number has grown from last year's inaugural edition that featured 14 countries. The festival will also stretch from only 3 days last year to over a week. This year's festival has added variety to the programs which, aside from discussions and workshops, offer film screenings from participating countries and special literary trips that will take participants to the most historical sites related to the development of Indonesian literature.
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