Crowned the best literary festival in the world in 2018, the George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) returns this November with “The State of Freedom”.
This year, GTLF was awarded The International Excellence Awards 2018 for Literary Festival at The London Book Fair. “In a strong field, George Town Literary Festival stands out as a vibrant, diverse and brave festival that engages with a wide community of voices, speaking to the world from a complex region, said the judges of the International Excellence Awards 2018. GTLF is the only literary festival in Southeast Asia to be conferred this award.
Since the growth of the festival over the past editions and with a record 4,500 festival goers in GTLF 2017, the producer of GTLF, the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) has seen it fit to expand this year’s edition to four days from 22 to 25 November. Heading the curatorial team is GTLF Festival Director Bernice Chauly. Bernice Chauly is assisted by Curating this year’s festival is the Bernice Chauly Joining her in shaping up the co-curators Gareth Richards, Melizarani T. Selva and Pang Khee Teik.
“The State of Freedom is significant as 2018 marks many milestones in contemporary history. Seventy years ago in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations in the recognition of fundamental human rights for all. A hundred years ago in 1918, women got to vote in the UK, after years of struggle and strife by the suffragette movement, and in 1968, Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated and the civil rights movement in America reached an ugly head. Ten years ago, Kevin Rudd said Sorry to the aboriginal peoples of Australia. And on May 9th this year, Malaysia peacefully and democratically exercised its right as a nation. The George Town Literary Festival 2018 celebrates our most diverse voices in world literature and the many states of freedoms we continue to live, write and struggle in,” states Festival Director Bernice Chauly.
Additionally, GTLF is proud introduce the first ever Malaysian National Poetry Slam. The slam will be an annual spoken word poetry competition focus on poems written and performed in English and Bahasa Malaysia, where 12 Malaysian poets, ages 15 years and above, will compete to become the National Slam Champion.
The festival is thankful to have a great amount of support by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Embassy of Belgium in Malaysia, British High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Creative Scotland, Goethe Institut, Icelandic Literature Center, Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur, Royale Chulan Penang, Writers SA and many more. GTLF is free and open to public with the exception of the paid workshops.
鉴于去年的乔治市文学节有4千500人参与，槟州国际会展及展览局决定将今年的文学节扩展至4天，即从11月22日至11月25日间举行。乔治市文学节节目策划为BerniceChauly，活动联合策展人包括Gareth Richards、Melizarani T. Selva和Pang Khee Teik。