Having celebrated the momentous change of government last year with “The State of Freedom”, the gaze of this year’s George Town Literary Festival is trained decidedly on the future. Consequently this year's theme, “forewords/afterwords”, engages notions of beginnings and transitions, with a strong emphasis on history.
We celebrate pivotal moments in modern history: the centenary of the end of the First World War which precipitated profound changes around the world, not least in the realm of culture and ideas, such as the May Fourth Movement in China and the Weimar Republic and the birth of Bauhaus in Germany. Also significant for its global reverberations are the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the epoch changing Fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. Back home, half a century has passed since the May 13th incident — a trauma that continues to shape the ideological contours of our contemporary reality.
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