世界最佳的文学节 World’s Best Literary Festival

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.

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被誉为2018年世界最佳文学节的乔治市文学节,以“自由之国”为主题于今年11月回归。

乔治市文学节今年荣获2018年伦敦国际书展的文学嘉年华卓越奖,评审认为,乔治市文学节触及广泛的社区族群并向世界发声,是一个充满活力、丰富多样、勇敢无畏的文学节。乔治市文学节更是东南亚内唯一获得上述荣誉的文学节。

鉴于去年的乔治市文学节有4500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1122日至1125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 RichardsMelizarani T. SelvaPang Khee Teik

“自由之国在2018年有着极其重大的意义。70年前的1948年,联合国通过了世界人权宣言,承认所有人的基本人权。100年前的1918年,经过多年的女权运动斗争,英国女性获得选举投票权。而在1968年,马丁路德金博士因美国民权运动遭到暗杀;10年前,陆克文向澳洲原住民发表正式的道歉。今年59日,马来西亚以和平及民主的方式,让国家改朝换代。以2018年乔治市文学节庆贺我们得以多样的声音在自由的国家、世界文学里,持续生活、写作和奋斗。”节目策划Bernice Chauly如此表示。

此外,乔治市文学节将举办第一届马来西亚诗歌对战赛。对战赛以英文和马来文为主编写诗歌并将之朗诵,12位年龄超过15岁的我国诗人将相互对战争夺冠军荣耀。

本届文学节获得荷兰大使馆、比利时驻马大使馆、英国驻马最高专员署、创意苏格兰、歌德学院、冰岛文学中心、吉隆坡日本交流基金会、槟城皇家朱兰酒店、作家协会等支持。

乔治市文学节免费向公众开放,工作坊除外。

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