On the occasion of the upcoming Dhaka Lit Fest 2015, a press conference was held on November 15 at the Shobha Kokkho Seminar Room of Bangla Academy in the city. The press conference was held to brief the planning of the Dhaka Lit Fest '15, which is due to start on November 19 at Bangla Academy. The press conference was presided over by the festival director Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi. The festival will end on November 21.
Ahsan Akbar and Kazi Anis Ahmed, directors of the festival; Shamsuzzaman Khan, director general of Bangla Academy; Zafar Sobhan, editor of the Dhaka Tribune; Sohail RK Hussain, managing director and CEO of City Bank Ltd; Akhtari Momtaj, secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs and many more were present at the press conference.
Kazi Anis said that the, "Festival will help disseminate the life and culture of Bangladeshi people to international audience through literature bred at our own home-grounds."
Zafar Sobhan said "As it has become one of the top literary festivals of the region we will certainly try to portray the best of Bangladesh to stand out at the global stage through this epoch-making event. Dhaka Tribune is very honoured and pleased to have the opportunity to contribute towards this great event."
While commenting on this innovative initiative, Shamsuzzaman Khan said that the younger minds of the country has brought up a phenomenon that can truly be regarded as a new addition to our cultural identity and as a new gateway for us to communicate with the rest of the world.
"After assessing the whole atmosphere and humdrums it can be concluded that Dhaka will go on to become an ideal cultural city through the event", said Sohail RK Hussain.
Into its fifth year Dhaka Literary Festival 2015 is expected to host at least 250 talents from around the globe. The event will remain open for visitors from 8am to 8pm everyday during its three day running period. Detailed schedule of the festival is also available at http://dhakalitfest.com. It should be noted that this is the first time that world-renowned journal Wasafiri has devoted an entire issue for the festival.
This year's edition will include Nobel Prize Laureate Dr Harold Varmus, the cancer researcher and author of The Art and Politics of Science. The list continues with literary queen Nayantara Sahgal, Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, British journalist Jon Snow, Indian bestseller Shobhaa De and Indian writer Ramachandra Guha.
Prominent Cuban science fiction writer Yoss, Kenyan children's storyteller Muthoni Garland, Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, novelist Amit Chaudhury, poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, and acclaimed film maker Leslee Udwin are also expected to illuminate the festival.