The inaugural Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival (KLLF), organised by Perbadanan Kota Buku as one of its effort to certify Kuala Lumpur as the World Book Capital as certified by UNESCO, was held from 11th to 13th November 2016 at the Art Printing Works in Bangsar.
The organisation also stated that “…the event aims to position the nation’s capital city as a content hub for writers, readers, literary figures and art practitioners,” in its press statement.
Keeping with the theme of ‘Letters of the Archipelago’, KLLF gathered literature lovers for a robust exchange of ideas and knowledge that is informed by, and inspired from, literature in its many forms.
Featuring book launches, discussions, workshops and performances from established voices from Kuala Lumpur, the event gathered world-renowned literature figures and writers from all over the world such as Marzanna Kielar (Poland), Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia), Sapardi Djoko Damono (Indonesia), Carlomar Arcangel Daoana (Philippines), as well as esteemed writer Michael Kleeberg (Germany) who shared their insights on the world of writing.
Launched by Emeritus Prof. Muhammad Haji Salleh, KLLF was supported by Kuala Lumpur City Council, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Institute of Translation and Books Malaysia (ITBM), PUSAKA, LiteraCity, Gerakbudaya, Say It Like You Mean It (SILYMI) and PENA, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Goethe Institut.