The Cooler Lumpur Festival

When: Sat, June 26, 9:30am – Sun, June 28, 7:30pm, 2013
Where: Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free (unless otherwise noted)
Info: Cooler Lumpur

The Cooler Lumpur Festival is a multidisciplinary festival curated by PopDigital. The Kuala Lumpur-centric festival will adopt 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.


Saturday, 22 June 2013

On the Development of the Local Indie Music Scene
9.30pm – 11.00pm, Black Box
Join music journalist and DJ Daryl Goh, Fikri Fadzil from the Wknd Sessions, and musician/academic Azmyl Yunor as they share their experiences from the early ‘90s to the present. Azmyl will also be performing a special set of covers of local indie classics intermittently during the Talk.

New Malay Literature: The Changing Face of the Malay Author
11.00 am – 12.00 pm (1 hour), Black Box
A panel that features non-Malay writers who write in BM. The panel will challenge assumptions about language and identity in Malaysia and also explore the market for Malay fiction.
Panelists: Uthaya Shankar (MY), Gina Yap (MY) and Alfian Sa’at (SG)
Moderator: Umapagan Ampikaipakan (MY)

Narrative Journalism Workshop by Janet Steele

11.00 am – 1.00 pm, Interpr8 Gallery (MYR 30)
The workshop will focus on narrative styles of writing for both print and online media, and how story-telling techniques can be used to engage new readers and maintain old ones.  It will include discussion of the components of good story-telling, as well as tips on scene-by-scene construction, listening for “the revealing quote,” and when to use first-person voice. Janet Steele is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference: Should Literature Be Political?
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm (1 hour), Black Box
One of the official panels of the EWWC which will be live-streamed on the internet, this panel aims to discuss whether literature should be political or should be enjoyed for its aesthetic value only. Are the two separable?
Panelists: Benjamin Markovits (UK), Huzir Sulaiman (MY), Shamini Flint (MY/SG) and Di Li (VN)
Moderator: Sharaad Kuttan (MY)

Fashion & Media in KL – Where is the definitive voice?
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm, Paradiso Lounge
Admission: Free. Sign up at The Cooler Lumpur Facebook Page.
There is lack of authority when it comes to writing about fashion in Malaysia. The relationship between the media and fashion is one of parties and networking. In our local industry there is no shortage of up and coming talent; but it seems to stop there – up and coming.
Panelists: Azura Rahman, Claudia Low, Jason Lim, and Silas Liew
Moderator: Loo Jia-Wei

Lecture Rishi Reddi – Multiculturalism + Literature
2.00pm – 3.00pm, Black Box
Rishi Reddi is a writer and environmental lawyer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of Karma and Other Stories, published by Ecco/ HarperCollins and winner of the 2008 PEN New England / L.L. Winship prize for fiction. Her work has been read on National Public Radio, performed at New York City’s Symphony Space, and published in Best American Stories, Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals.

Be Inspired by Afdlin Shauki
3.00pm – 4.00pm, Paradiso Lounge
Afdlin is a multi-talented artist and entertainer with a career spanning over 20 years.  His feature film directing debut 'Buli', won Best Screenplay and Best Original Script at the Festival Filem Malaysia 2004, and he went on to win Best Actor at FFM 2009 for 'Papadom', another film he wrote, directed and starred in - and that also won Best Film. Today, Afdlin is one of Malaysia's most beloved entertainers and continues to go from strength to strength, with 'Papadom 2' set to be released this year.

Edinburgh World Writers Conference: A National Literature
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm (1 hour), Black Box
One of the official panels of the EWWC which will be live-streamed on the internet, this panel aims to discuss the national literature – whether authors write to agree on, react against or to form the perceived notion of a national identity through literature. In this increasingly globalised world, is a national literature still relevant?
Panelists: A. Samad Said (MY), Chuah Guat Eng (BR), Suzanne Joinson (UK) and Alfian Saat (SG).
Moderator: Bernice Chauly (MY).

Writing for Teens – A Workshop by Nicola Morgan (UK)

3.30 pm – 6.30 pm  Interpr8 Gallery
With hit franchises like Twilight and The Hunger Games, the teenage fiction market is increasingly important to the publishing world. But how do you capture the hearts and minds of teenagers in your writing? What are the hidden rules and pitfalls? Find out at this workshop led by award winning writer and expert on the teenage mind, Nicola Morgan.

Readings at #Word

3.30pm – 6.00pm, The Bee
Readings organised by Sharon Bakar will run on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon of the festival. These readings will feature a line-up of both local and international writers and performers.

Film Screening by Filemmakers Anonymous
5.00 pm – 7.00 pm, Black Box
Filemmakers Anonymous will be screening the newest and coolest collection of short films for the 19th edition of Filemmakers Anonymous.

An Evening with the Evening Edition
5.30pm – 6.30pm, White Box
Have you always wanted to meet the faces behind Bfm’s The Evening Edition? Come meet Caroline Oh, Ezra Zaid and Umapagan Ampikaipakan as they talk about their on-air experiences and why they think radio is still a relevant medium today.

SERONOK (Performance)
5.30 pm – 7.30 pm, Paradiso Lounge (MYR 30)
SERONOK is a multinational poetry-art-technology blast, where gender, culture, language and identity get loud. Watch as participants battle and tackle what it means to be where you’re from, in the body you’re in, with the hearts you have.

One on One with Amir Muhammad
7.00pm – 8.00pm, White Box
Amir Muhammad is one of Malaysia’s successful independent publishers. This
is no small feat considering the tough business of publishing. He will be interviewed by Ezra Zaid, Director of ZI Publications.


Sunday, 23 June

On Identity & Culture
11.00am – 12.00pm (1 hour), Black Box
Join Huzir Sulaiman, Rishi Reddi, Chuah Guat Eng & BFM’s Richard Bradbury (moderator) as they discuss cultural identity in literature from the perspective of “the outsider”.

Poetry Jamming Workshop
11.00 am – 1.30 pm, Paradiso Lounge
Using the techniques of Poetry Slam, an international competitive spoken word platform -  voice, rhythm, theatricality, drama -  Poetry Jamming will look at the importance of both writing and performance technique, encouraging performers to express their individuality and to not only focus on what they’re saying but how they’re saying it.

Creative Writing Workshop by Ben Markovits (UK)
What is your novel about? Why are you writing it?
11.30 am – 12.30 pm. Interpr8 Gallery
Ben Markovits will talk about ways to answer these difficult questions by looking at a poem by Robert Frost. Markovits has recently been named by Granta as one of the Best Young British Novelists of this decade. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Reading and the Brain: What’s going on? by Nicola Morgan
11.00 am – 12.00 pm, The Bee, Publika
We believe reading is good for us. But how? What happens in our brains when we read – and when we don’t? Does it matter if we don’t read fiction? Whether we do it for pleasure? Digital or print? How does this affect our children? Literacy expert, Nicola Morgan, unpicks recent research and hopes to enlighten and challenge. The talk will be conducted in English for the duration of one hour, including a question and answer segment with audiences.

Poetry Jammin (Workshop)
11.00 am – 1.30 pm, Paradiso Lounge
Using the techniques of Poetry Slam, an international competitive spoken word platform -  voice, rhythm, theatricality, drama -  Poetry Jamming will look at the importance of both writing and performance technique, encouraging performers to express their individuality and to not only focus on what they’re saying but how they’re saying it.

Creative Writing Workshop by Benjamin Markovits
11.30 am – 12.30 am, Interpr8 (MYR 30)
Ben Markovits will talk about ways to answer these difficult questions by looking at a poem by Robert Frost. Markovits has recently been named by Granta as one of the Best Young British Novelists of this decade. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Lecture by Alfian Sa’at – Censorship Today
12.30pm – 1.30pm, Black Box
Born in 1977, Alfian Bin Sa’at is currently a Resident Playwright with Wild Rice. He  has been nominated seven times for Best Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, and has also won the Boh Cameronian for Best Original Script for ‘Parah’ and Best Original Book or Lyrics for ‘The Secret Life of Nora’. He has also been nominated for the Kirayama Asia-Pacific Book Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize for A History of Amnesia. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature.

Writing Workshop with Rishi Reddi
1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Interpr8 Gallery
If you want to learn how to get started on writing a story, this might be the workshop for you. This workshop will address the two basic building blocks of any good story: plot and character. Participants will do an exercise based on a discussion of plot and character, then have some of these pieces read out loud so that everyone can comment and learn from them.

Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference: Censorship Today
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm (1 hour), Black Box
One of the official panels of the EWWC which will be live-streamed on the internet aims to talk about what impact censorship has on the state of writing and literature in Malaysia and around the world.
Panelists: Marina Mahathir (MY), Lourd de Veyra (PH), Dr Ma Thida (Burma) & Nicola Morgan (UK). Moderator: Ezra Zaid (MY)

ad(WORD)tising

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm (1 hour), Black Box
What we are seeing these days are more conservative and restraint advertising. This panel will look at how words move in  advertising in relationship to how today’s consumers are culturally more sensitive.
Panelists: Sa’ad Hussein – CCO of the TBWA Group and 4As Creative Council President, Alvin Teoh – ECD of NAGA DDB & Harmandar Singh – Head Honcho of Adoi Magazine
Moderator: VJ Anand, Creative Director, Creative Juice Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Noir: The Real and Unreal in Crime Fiction

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm (1 hour), Paradiso Lounge
Admission: Free. Sign up at The Cooler Lumpur Facebook Page.
Asian Noir is increasingly popular in fiction and film. Here we speak to some Noir authors about this trend and about the darker side of their cities. Uma and Joe will also be hosting a screening at Café Paradiso just before the panel. Umaandjoe.com is everything you’ve ever wanted from an online show about movies – from previews to reviews.
Panellists: Shamini Flint (MY/SG), Brian Gomez (MY), Rozlan Mohd Noor (MY)
Moderator: Umapagan Ampikaipakan (MY)

Translations by MOCAFest

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm, Black Box
‘Translations’ explores the significance of classical poetry from the Muslim world in its original context as well as its modern relevance. There will be a performance that combines music, poetry, the spoken word and dialogue.

NUMINOUS (Performance)

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Paradiso Lounge
NUMINOUS presents a special spoken word edition featuring regional poets from Singapore, Australia as well as Malaysia’s very own Melizarani, Jamal Raslan and many more.