Dhaka Literary Festival opens tomorrow at Bangla Academy
The seventh edition of Dhaka Lit Fest is going to open tomorrow at Bangla Academy. The three day festival will continue till November 18. Poet Adunis will launch the festival at 10am and it will be open for the next three days from 9am to 7:45pm.
This year's event will notably feature Adonis, Ben Okri, Sir David Hare, Tilda Swinton, Lionel Shriver, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, William Dalrymple, Esther Freud, Bee Rowlatt, Bigoa Chuol, Charles Glass, Andrew Feinstein, Dominic Ziegier and others.
Reputed personalities from Bangladesh including educationists Syed Manzoorul Islam, Dr. Fakrul Alam, Dr. Firdous Azim, poets Habibullah Shirazee, Kaiser Haq, Muhammad Samad, Helal Hafiz, Asad Mannan, novelists Moinul Ahsan Saber, Anwara Syed Huq,Zakir Talukdar, Ahmad Mustafa Kamal, Imdadul Haq Milon, and academician Salimullah Khan will also be present during the fest.
Over 200 speakers, performers and thinkers, representing 24 countries, will take part in the 3-day event with over 90 sessions, all of which will be free and open to all.
There will also be cultural performances, writing workshops, interactive panel discussions, book launches and creative sessions for children, including much more for literary enthusiasts.
One of great highlights of this year is the announcement of the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Besides that, the festival will launch the British literary Journal Granta and host Gemcon Literary Awards, the highest monetary value literary prize in Bangladesh.
The directors of Dhaka Literary Festival------ Sadaf Saaz, Ahsan Akbar and K Anis Ahmed.
Dhaka Lit Fest is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and hosted by Bangla Academy. Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune are the Title Sponsors of the event, with BRAC Bank Ltd. as Key Sponsor. Energis is the Platinum Sponsor, Meena Bazar is a Gold Sponsor, British Council is a Strategic Partner and the festival produced by Jatrik Productions Ltd.