From last year’s theme of exploring Dangerous Ideas, this year’s edition of The Cooler Lumpur Festival sees them rallying a curation of talks centred on the perpetual struggle of people achieving independence with the stylised theme of RE: Independence. Here, independence means the will to express, live, and simply be the person you want to be, but it also looks at the question of how much control do we actually have over ourselves and our actions in relation to technology (smartphones, apps, social media).
The festival will see four speakers in respected theatre critic from The Times Kate Bassett, journalist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, special correspondent for The Washington Post John Dinges, and comic book artist Evangeline Neo. Also joining the international list of speakers are illustrator Boey Chee Ming and author of the Inspector Singh series Shamini Flint. Programme highlights include, RE: Chic Lit. or Why Women Should Rule the World, RE: The “Art” of the Biography, RE: English, Singlish, Manglish, and RE: Stories for Boys and Girls, Both Big and Small.
The Cooler Lumpur Festival will also see the introduction of The Cooler Lumpur Disruptions – presented by TBWA\KL. The Disruptions Track will look at how these principles apply to brands, corporations and communities. Featuring a lineup of individuals and organisations who have challenged and revolutionised their respective industries, these sessions will look to answer questions and question answers. For the much younger crowd, Jen and Nat Whitman will host Bump in the Night, which is a horror story sharing session for activities under Cooler Lumpur Junior.