The eighth Dhaka Literary Festival (DLF), the biggest international literary festival in Bangladesh, opened on the historic grounds of Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Thursday (Nov 8).
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the three-day festival in the presence of over 200 local and international literary figures, performers and intellectuals representing 15 countries.
Since 2012, the country’s biggest literary extravaganza has been organised every year at Bangla Academy, with a view to promote Bangladeshi literature and cultural heritage in the global arena and create a bridge between native and international literati.
This year’s line-up features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson, Bengali literary icon Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Mohammed Hanif, winner of the Ondaatje Prize Philip Hensher, winner of the Orwell and Ondaatje prizes James Meek, popular Indian author Jaishree Misra, Novelist and London National Academy of Writing Richard Beard, Indian writer Himanjali Sankar, Writer Mitali Bose Perkins, Wall Street Journal Asia Chief Hugo Restall, US journalist Patrick Winn and writer and journalist Nishid Hazari.
Award-winning Indian actor Manisha Koirala, Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton and award-winning actor and filmmaker Nandita Das will also grace the three day festival.
Syed Manzoorul Islam, Imdadul Haq Milon, Kaiser Haq and Selina Hossain will also take part in the festival.
On the second day of the event, Gemcon Literary Awards will be announced with the launching of Cambridge Short Story Prize scheduled on the same day.
Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune are the Title Sponsors of the event, with BRAC Bank Ltd as Key Sponsor. Energis is the Gold Sponsor and British Council, a Strategic Partner.
Online registration will remain open till the last day of the festival at www.dhakalitfest.com/register/