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What will the future bring?

The one question that gets everyone thinking and is often the driving force behind the world’s most compelling ideas.

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With the theme ‘Notes from the future,’ The Cooler Lumpur Festival 2017 will look at social, political, technological and cultural ideas that tell the story of our collective future and will be held from August 17 to 20, at Publika, Solaris Dutamas.

This multidisciplinary festival curated by PopDigital, 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.

“We need to evolve mentally and emotionally as a society so we can embrace what’s to come. This year at the festival, we look to exploring a future we imagined decades ago becoming a reality in our lifetimes,” said the festival co-founder and executive creative director, Hardesh Singh.

This year the festival will be a collaborative effort between PopDigital, Green Future Malaysia, Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) and their returning literary partner British Council Malaysia.

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The signing of an MOU between PopDigital and British Council Malaysia for the Cooler Lumpur Festival. 

Through the Green Future Malaysia platform, the festival hopes to create a global debate on challenges such as the generation of green energy and to address issues related to global warming for creating a green future in Malaysia.

Making its debut at the festival, Episodes, a brand-new platform partnered by Astro, will appeal to emerging and professional content creators by channelling visual story telling in all its formats – film, photography, animation, social media and even e-gaming!

To spark important conversations, the festival will also play host to an impressive line-up of international and local speakers such as Eva Horn from Austria, Leif Randt from Germany, Bernice Chauly, Hanna Alkaf who authored the book GILA: A Journey Through Moods and Madness, and others.

For those of you eager to attend the Cooler Lumpur Festival, here are some not-to-be-missed festival highlights.

The White Mask

August 15 to 22, 2017

Based on a cyber punk story written by Zedeck Siew, the White Mask visual arts exhibition will see 21 artists who will be presenting their imaginary visions of urban Malaysia, in a dystopian future.

The Food Fringe Festival

August 19-20, 2017

Feast your eyes (and your appetite) at the Food Fringe Festival with delicacies prepared by migrant communities in Malaysia. This event will also focus on the management of waste food as F&B outlets in Publika will contribute leftovers to create compost for a makeshift urban garden.

Cooler Lumpur Junior

August 19-20, 2017

Dedicated to the little ones, Cooler Lumpur Junior promises to be an annual treat for kids with story-telling sessions, comic drawing workshops, a special play area and more.

Journalism Campus

August 18,2017

Make sure your current events are well updated for this one! Presenting both Malaysian and international journalists, the campus will explore issues and topics such as fake news, the role of social media, as well as the future of journalism in a digital landscape. 

For more information and updates, log on to or follow The Cooler Lumpur Festival on Instagram and Facebook.

P.S. The Food Fringe Festival will also give a chance to enjoy meals prepared by refugee families living in Malaysia and to catch a food documentary. 

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