Southeast Asia’s first and only festival of ideas, The Cooler Lumpur Festival, returns with its fifth edition – Notes from The Future – this August. This year’s theme will look to the social, political, technological, and cultural ideas that have become representative of these times and tell the story of our collective futures.
The Cooler Lumpur Festival is a multidisciplinary festival curated by PopDigital in partnership with the British Council Malaysia, Goethe-Institut and Embassy of the United States of America. The Kuala Lumpur-centric festival adopts specific themes each year with the aim to expand the city’s cultural horizons, build stronger communities and cultivate the creativity and imagination of people. The annual ideas festival plays host to a bevy of global writers, artists, thinkers and innovators to create new connections, share new and thought-provoking ideas as well as spark cultural conversations that hit close to home.
The question of what the future may bring has always been the driving force behind the world’s most compelling ideas. It has pushed us beyond the boundaries of our geography. It has brought us closer together. It has, in many ways, saved our lives. And yet, our trek toward the future, being a blur of perpetual motion, ticking away at a steady yet breakneck pace, has often left us with little time for reflection or contemplation. People of all ages from all walks of life are invited to explore the answers in a series of conversations and activities at the festival which include:
1. The White Mask, Visual Art Exhibition curated by Sharmin Parameswaran, Interpr8 Art Space
Based on a short story called “The White Mask” authored by Zedeck Siew in an anthology titled CYBERPUNK: MALAYSIA, this innovative art exhibition will showcase the viewpoint of a world taken over by highly advanced technology such as religious control by nanobots, programmable graffiti, self-replicating urban architecture, and yuppie diversions in a dystopian landscape. The exhibition will be curated by local art connoisseur Sharmin and will run from 14 – 22 August 2017.
2. The Food Fringe Festival
Feast your eyes (and appetite) at the Food Fringe Festival with delicacies prepared by migrant communities in Malaysia. The fringe festival serves food for thought to the table – does our makan culture bring us together or divide us?
3. Cooler Lumpur Junior
Curated by Makchic, the festival will return with Cooler Lumpur Junior, an annual treat for the kids featuring storytelling sessions, comic drawing workshops, a play area on the festival grounds, and more.
4. Journalism Campus
Follow a series of conversations on the current state of journalism. Presenting both Malaysian and international journalists, the campus will explore issues and topics such as fake news, the role of social media, as well as the future of this field in the digital landscape.
Details of the festival are as follows:
Day/Date: Thursday, 17 August – Sunday, 20 August 2017
Time: 10am onwards
Venue: Publika, Solaris Dutamas
The Cooler Lumpur Festival has always been about the future. About providing that vibrant space at which we can have those important (and sometimes difficult) conversations that help explain who we are and, most importantly, where we’re going.