Dhaka Lit Fest to be dedicated to Bangabandhu: PM

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 20:04, Sep 11, 2019 | Updated : 20:19, Sep 11, 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking during a question/answer session at the Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 11). PHOTO: Focus BanglaThe next edition of the Dhaka Lit Fest will be dedicated to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of the year-long programme to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The PM made the announcement while responding to a query from Gonoforum lawmaker Mokabbir Khan during a Q&A session at the parliament on Wednesday (Sept 11).
The PM also disclosed more plans taken by the government to celebrate Bangabandhu's birth centenary.
In addition to the programmes to be taken by all government offices, dedicating the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela 2021 to Bangabandhu, establishing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Observatory in Faridpur, sailing of Bangladesh Navy warships at different ports across Bangladesh, organizing international seminars on Bangabandhu are among the government's plans to celebrate the programme, Hasina said.
File photo shows of a book stall at Dhaka Lit Fest.Began under the aegis of the world-famous Hay-on-Wye festival in 2011, the event was renamed as Dhaka Lit Fest in 2015.
Since the beginning, the festival has become a global literary hub for Western and Oriental literature lovers and a bridge to connect Bangladeshi culture with the world.
Held in 2018, the last edition of the festival brought together more than 200 speakers, performers and thinkers from 15 countries including Bengali literary icon Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Johnson, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Mohammed Hanif, popular Indian author Jaishree Misra, and writer Mitali Bose Perkins.
Award-winning Indian actor Manisha Koirala, Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton and award-winning actor and filmmaker Nandita Das were also among dignitaries who joined the 2018 festival.
The next and ninth edition of the festival will be held from Nov 7 to Nov 9 of 2019 in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.