Dhaka Lit Fest, the preeminent international literary conclave of the country, has begun at the Bangla Academy on the Dhaka University campus.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the three-day event on Thursday morning.
In the inaugural speech, Muhith said in the current world perspective such kind of literary festival is a resistance against the attacks on thoughts.
Kazi Anis Ahmed, director of Dhaka Lit Festival, Nayantara Saigal have given speeches in the inaugural session.
Nayantara said as imagination is under attack so the literature needed to do action.
It is the first visit of the leading literary figure who is one of the pioneers of the award returning writers in protest of attack on literature.
She said now literature needs to stand for reason against unreason.
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.
An original composition of a musical choir by Armeen Musa will be the special attraction of the opening ceremony.
Doors will remain open for visitors from 9am to 7pm until Saturday.
Visitors will have to register for free – either online or with the booths at the venue – to join the festival.
On the occasion of the festival, the entire Bangla Academy complex was decorated colourfully and around 40 stalls have been set up.
Seven stages have been set up at different points on the premises; the guests from home and abroad will grace the numerous sessions with their presence, speeches, discussions and dialogues.
Dhaka Tribune, the Title Sponsor of the event, and Bangla Tribune have published special bulletins in English and Bangla respectively, detailing schedule, map to the venue and brief biographies of participants.
The information is also available on the festival’s official website http://dhakalitfest.com.
The road adjacent to the Bangla Academy – leading from the TSC roundabout to the Doyel roundabout – will be a one-way road. Only participants will be allowed to use that road.
Registered participants bringing personal vehicles will able to enter through the TSC point only and leave through the Doyel point. They will also have to collect parking stickers for their vehicles from a booth set up at the TSC.
The festival-bound vehicles with stickers can be parked in the Suhrawardy Udyan near the Ramna Kali Temple, opposite the festival venue.
The Shahbagh police station authorities on Wednesday said they have made special security arrangements for the festival in and around its venue.