The 2015 Salihara International Literary Biennale Officially Launched

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October 5, 2015 — Valent Mustamin

A cool, little windy evening, was the cost of admission at open-air theater Komunitas Salihara, last Saturday, when the 2015 Salihara International Literary Biennale, “Sastra dan Rasa”, officially launched with an “Above and Below Jakarta’s Skies” literary reading at Annex Theater, as well a “Saying Grace with Poetry” literary dinner–featuring Indonesian dishes that have inspired Indonesian literary works–, two hours later at Rooftop Theater


But it doesn’t prevent people to occupied the venue. Under a beautiful evening sky, with Indonesia’s literary stars, mostly, it was a festival for literary lovers to celebrate. 

Some highlights are a full-packed “Coffee and Poetry” class in the afternoon, with the poet Joko Pinurbo and coffee brewer and stroyteller, Pepeng Firmansyah; and seems a little bit unplanned–but understandably–ceremonial launching of Salihara’s new revamped website. 

Meanwhile, “Lost in Translation”, a discussion about Indonesia’s literary works written in, or translated into English with Yusi Avianto Pareanom and Rain Chudori; a “Spoken Words and Poetry Slam“, where people can enjoy a cup of coffee under the sky, while engaging in poetry slam; and the Yogyakarta-based Papermoon Puppet Theatre, and a Berlin-based independent puppets theater company, Retrofuturisten, with a theater performance “Senlima: A Journey with No Limits”, at Black Box Theater, headlined the day two with awesome performances.

It was obvious that these two days was going to be a great reception. We saw many familiar faces, and the energy of all performers along with crowds was amazing.

 You can check out these yesterday’s photos highlight provided by Komunitas Salihara.

So, the first two-days of festival has come to an end, but as you well know, it’s not over yet, because there is still more program to be had two weeks from now.