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The Cooler Lumpur festival is set to takeover Publika once again between 10 and 11 September, with an impressive line-up of speakers and topics.

Southeast Asia’s only festival of ideas; the Cooler Lumpur Festival this year is a collaborative effort between creative media shop PopDigital, British Council Malaysia and BMW Group Malaysia.

Themed “RE: Independence”, the festival is set to delve into the concept of independence and re-examine what it really means for a person, a people, and a nation to be truly independent.

“This year’s theme RE: Independence is aimed at driving healthy discourse amongst communities, on everything from independence in nation-building, right down to independence in our everyday lives,” said The Cooler Lumpur Festival co-founder and Executive Director, Hardesh Singh.

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Among the anticipated speakers from abroad who will be participating in The Cooler Lumpur Festival weekend are:

– Kate Bassett (UK). Renowned theatre critic for The Times newspaper and author of award-nominated In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller.

– Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (US). This New York-based journalist is the author of insightful titles including the witty Sarong Party Girls and A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family.

– John Dinges (US). Former special correspondent in Central America for The Washington Post and recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for excellence in Latin American Reporting.

– Evangeline Neo (SG). Creator and artist of comic books Eva, Kopi and Matcha depicting cultural differences between Singapore and Japan and Eva Goes Solo made up of short stories and musings from her experience living in the land of the rising sun.


Mark your calendars. The Cooler Lumpur Festival 2016 is happening from 10-11 September at Publika. Head over to their website for more details on speakers and topics.

Gowri Krishnan
Writing is to her what flying is to Han Solo. The way to her heart is through a pint of Guinness while watching a Real Madrid game.