The eighth installation of Dhaka Literary Festival will be held on Bangla Academy premises from November 8 as the capital once again brace to bathe in the radiance of brilliant minds where people with different languages will gather to exchange diversified literature and culture.
This year more than 200 speakers, performers, thinkers, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and others from 15 countries will take part in the three-day event, featuring over 90 sessions, which will end on November 10.
Festival directors, partners and sponsors on Monday organised a press conference at Munier Choudhury auditorium of Bangla Academy on Monday morning.
Kazi Anis Ahmed, one of the festival directors, said that they have already completed all the preparations and cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the festival on Thursday.
He further added that DLF will not remain restricted in the literary arena rather it will create a wonderful scope for discussion on different disciplines of knowledge. The event will also include cultural performances, writing workshops, film screening, interactive panel discussions, book launches, creative sessions for children, poetry performances and much more.
DLF Director Ahsan Akber said that Dhaka Lit Festival creates a great opportunity for the young writers to meet with foreign writers and be acquainted with literary diversity.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winning writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif, actor and director Nandita Das, literary icon Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, winner of Ondaatje Prize Philip Hensher, winner of the Orwell and Ondaatje prizes James Meek, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Imdadul Haq Milon, Kaiser Haq, Selina Hossain will grace the festival among others.
This year, Jemcon Literary Award will given on the second day of the festival while Cambridge Short Story Prize will be inaugurated on the same day.
Bangla Academy director (admin) KM Mujahidul Islam, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, Bangla Tribune editor Zulfiqer Russell, DLF director Sadaf Saaz, Brac Bank head of communications Zara J Mahbub and Dhaka Tribune literary editor Rifat Munim, among others, were present at the press conference.
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