The Cooler Lumpur Festival, Southeast Asia’s first and only festival of ideas, will be making a comeback for its fifth edition on August 17 to 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. onwards at Publika, Solaris Dutamas.
Themed Notes from The Future, this year’s festival will be focused on the social, political, technological and cultural ideas that have become representative of these times and paints the picture of our collective futures.
The festival, open to participants of all ages and walks of life, include activities such as The White Mask, Visual Art Exhibition curated by Sharmin Parameswaran, Interpr8 Art Space, The Food Fringe Festival, Cooler Lumpur Junior and a Journalism Campus.
The Cooler Lumpur Festival will showcase an impressive line-up of speakers such as Eva Horn, an Austrian professor of modern literature and cultural studies and author of The Secret War: Treason, Espionage and Modern Fiction and The Future as Catastrophe; Olivia Sudjic, an award-winning UK writer and author of Sympathy; Jeff Stein, US author of A Murder in Wartime who also covers the spy agencies and foreign policy for Newsweek in Washington and many others.
Meanwhile, the international speakers will be joined by five local speakers which includes Bernice Chauly, award-winning author of five books of poetry and prose including Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) and Onkalo (2013); and Hanna Alkaf, experienced writer and author of GILA – an exploration of mental illness in Malaysia – published in 2016.
The Cooler Lumpur Festival, a free-of-charge event, is a multidisciplinary festival by PopDigital, in collaboration with the British Council Malaysia, Goethe-Institut and Embassy of the United States of America. It presents a specific theme each year with the aim of expanding the city’s cultural horizons, establish stronger communities and cultivate the creativity and imagination among participants.