By UK/Indonesia 2016-18 team

23 August 2016 - 16:50

Lily Yulianti Farid, Indonesian journalist and writer. The initiator and director of Makassar International Writers Festival. ©

"All advanced cities or countries are always supported by communities with a literary tradition,” Lily Yulianti Farid.

Edinburgh is undoubtedly a leading festival city in the world. Through Edinburgh Festivals, Scotland's world-leading cultural brand, Scotland has been attracting over 4 million audiences and 30,000 artists from over 70 countries. 

As a part of Edinburgh Festivals International Delegates Programme, Momentum, Lily Yulianti Farid, a remarkable Indonesian journalist who has set into motion a literary celebration in the format of Makassar international Writers Festival has been invited to be a part of Momentum Literature Programme. Every year, over 100 delegates from more than 20 different countries take part in the programme as well as 13 country delegations. 

In celebration of cultural exchange and the spirit of collaboration, the programme sets as an opportunity to explore the festival city as well as a head start of an artistic and cultural collaboration, providing opportunities for delegates to showcase their country's talent. 


During her stay in Scotland, Lily will also join the largest public celebration of the written word in the world, The Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF). Whilst anchored around the EIBF festival garden site, the Momentum Literature Programme will provide a unique opportunity for Lily to engage with the literary heart of Edinburgh in-situ, with themed walking tours and visits to the literary quarter in the city’s Old Town to make connections with local venues and organisations. 

The programme is hosted by the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) and managed by both British Council Scotland and British Council Literature teams with Creative Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh as delivery partners.