The festival is managed by CEN, a creative sector organization based in London, said a press release on Friday
The two-day annual Bangladesh Festival, London begins on Saturday at Bethnal Green Library, London, UK.
The annual festival was put in place back in 2010 by Shommilito Sangskritik Parishad, UK, in partnership with Bangla Academy, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh High Commission in London, and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The festival is managed by CEN, a creative sector organization based in London, said a press release on Friday.
Golam Mostafa, the current president of Shommilito Sangskritik Jote, UK, and Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi, UK, with Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan, former director general of Bangla Academy, took the initiative to hold an annual book fair and literary festival in London, often said to be the world’s cultural capital.
The aim of the festival is to promote the rich Bangali cultural heritage – literature, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, arts and crafts – in Britain, home to the largest Bengali diaspora in the world.
In the past, a number of distinguished Bangladeshi political and cultural figures have graced the festival with their presence.
Among others, Dr Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the prime minister, eminent poet and Chief Coordinator of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary National Committee Dr Kamal Naser Chowdhury, Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem, The Asian Age Editor-in-Charge Syed Badrul Ahsan, poet Nazmunnessa Piari, Executive Mayor of London Borough of Tower Hamlet John Biggs, and mayor of London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz, will also be present at the festival's inaugural day.