Asean Literary Festival celebrates art, free speech and 50 years of regional cooperation

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This article mentions Alanda Kariza Lily Yulianti Farid Okky Madasari
Written by Max Walden and was originally published in Asian Correspondent.
Aug 07, 2017


“FOR 50 YEARS, Asean was no more than a slogan and a series of meetings of elites. If we want to be a real community, we have to work at the grassroots level,” said Indonesian novelist Okky Madasari on Monday.

The Asean Literary Festival (ALF), which was held from Aug 3 to 6 – the same weekend as the region’s top annual security forum – brought together writers from more than 30 nations, celebrated freedom of speech and the rich literary traditions of Southeast Asia.

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