The preeminent international literary conclave of the country, Dhaka Lit Fest, will commence tomorrow at the Bangla Academy on the Dhaka University campus.
The first day is being especially anticipated for featuring Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus. He will talk from 5pm to 6pm on the Main Stage on the excitement of basic science research, government and science policy, and the future of global health care.
A special issue on Bangladeshi writing on Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing, will be launched at 3:30pm-4:45pm, following a discussion.
This is the first time an international literary journal has devoted an entire issue for Bangladeshi writing.
An original composition of a musical choir by Armeen Musa will be the special attraction of the opening ceremony.
The doors of the festival will remain open for visitors from 9am to 7pm until Saturday. Visitors will have to register for free – either via Internet or with the registration booths at the venue – to join the festival.
Dhaka Tribune, the title sponsor of the event, and Bangla Tribune have published special bulletins in English and Bangla respectively, detailing programme schedule, location map to the venue and brief biographies of the participants.
The information is also available on the festival's official website http://dhakalitfest.com.