This year’s Dhaka Lit Fest at the Bangla Academy promises to be the biggest and most interesting international literary festival held to date in Bangladesh.
VS Naipaul, one of the world’s best known living writers, leads a list of over 80 prominent authors and artists from around the globe who will be taking part in the festival between November 19-21.
Sir Vidya, the acclaimed Trinidad-born British writer of classic works like A House for Mr Biswas, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. The festival will also host another Nobel laureate, Harold E Varmus, the American cancer researcher and author of The Art and Politics of Science, who received the Nobel prize for Medicine in 1989.
As attendees from the previous four years’ events can confirm, Dhaka Lit Fest has justly earned its place as a landmark event that brings leading global authors and voices together to engage and interact with the public.
Dhaka Tribune is proud to be the title sponsor of this year’s festival, which accords a new name for the event formerly known as HayDhaka, to mark its fifth anniversary and advance the organisers’ commitment to promoting Dhaka and Bangladeshi culture to the world.
As in previous years, the festival will revolve around author readings and panel discussions. Most talks will be in English, but there will also be some Bangla and bilingual events to maximise the festival's commitment to promoting Bangladeshi literary culture and engaging with diverse and interesting voices from beyond our own borders.
The peaceful grounds and well-appointed facilities of the Bangla Academy have proven to give the event a unique atmosphere, which aptly fulfills the organisers’ intention to ensure the festival appeals to all ages and types.
Entry is free and accessible to all. Avid readers and the merely curious alike will find much to enjoy amid the varied stalls and relaxing atmosphere of the Bangla Academy grounds, while inside the auditoria, a diverse range of talks and seminars will be guaranteed to enthrall and involve audiences in discussions on every aspect of fiction, history, politics, poetry, philospohy, religion, and science.
Other notable international speakers this year include: Bollywood actor and activist Anupam Kher, Indian bestseller Shobhaa De, top Cuban sci-fi writer Yoss, legendary travel writer Paul Theroux, Kenyan children’s storyteller Muthoni Garland, Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, Kolkata-based author Amit Chaudhuri, writer and founder of the award-winning Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates, poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, London theatre director Jude Kelly, the US-based Islamic scholars William Chittick and Sachiko Murata, and leading British journalists Jon Snow and Lindsey Hilsum.
They will be joined by many leading cultural luminaries of Bangladesh, including: Economist Rehman Sobhan, Bangla Academy Director Shamsuzzaman Khan, and writers Kaiser Haq, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Niaz Zaman, and Syed Shamsul Huq.
In the run up to November 19, Dhaka Tribune will be featuring more in depth coverage of this year's speakers and events.
With its strong track record and global reputation, Dhaka Lit Fest will be well worth attending. Register now and read the full schedule and speaker list at the festival wesbite, http://dhakalitfest.com.