There is a suffocating feeling of dread plaguing the world. The unintended and unexpected consequence of globalisation, multiculturalism, and that premature prediction regarding history’s end. Society is on the brink, and the world feels like it needs turning off and turning on again.
Control. Alternate. Delete. You know it. You’ve used it. You’ve abused it. It is a reboot and an interrupt. It is efficient, effective, and absolutely essential. It cleans the slate without destroying it. It restores things to their default settings. It allows for a fresh start. Whether or not you know you need one.
In its sixth year, Southeast Asia’s first and only festival of ideas – The Cooler Lumpur Festival – makes its annual return this October. This year’s theme will explore these individual notions of ‘control’, ‘alternate’, and ‘delete’ and what it all means when taken as a whole. When employed as that iconic three fingered salute. We wonder how to redo and remake the world if offered the chance at a reset.
The Cooler Lumpur Festival is a multidisciplinary festival curated by PopDigital. 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.
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. Apart from Journalism Campus and Food Fringe Festival, TCLF2018 will also be rolling out a new series entitled Nite sCool, a series of workshops, screenings, and experiences that features leading industry figures.
Attendees can expect interesting panels such as The Outsiders: How Global Journalism Shaped Our National Discourse, Kasi Viral: The Spread of Racial Disinformation in Malaysia, and Visual Journalism: Pictures Paint a Thousand Words.
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) conservations that help explain who we are and, most importantly, where we’re going. Come experience all of this in the one week long festival at:
Day/Date: Monday, 1 October 2018 – Sunday, 7 October 2018
Time: 10am – 10pm
Venue: MAPKL @ Publika