The Dhaka Literature Festival aims to create a bridge between native and international literary figures, the directors of the event said at a press conference on Sunday.
Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan, Dhaka Lit Fest directors Ahsan Akbar and Sadaf Saaz, Additional Secretary of Cultural Ministry Mashiur Rahman, Bangla Tribune's editor Zulfiqer Russell, Dhaka Tribune's literary editor Rifat Munim, Brac Bank's Head of Communications Zara Jabeen Mahbub, among others, were present at the press briefing held at Bangla Academy.
The organisers said that they want to reduce the gap between home-grown and international literary circles.
"We are going to hold over 90 sessions and panels in the three-day long festival with parallel sessions going on in both Bengali and English," DLF Director Sadaf Saaz said.
"A few years ago, there was a gap between the local and international literary circles in the country. However, the gap has been reduced significantly over the last six years as the Dhaka Lit Fest has appeared as a promising platform," she said.
Bangla Academy DG Shamsuzzaman Khan said: "Dhaka is becoming an international centre for literature and culture because of the Dhaka Lit Fest."
"The initiative of promoting Bangla culture in the international arena is very much praiseworthy," he added.
Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune are the title sponsors of the event and Brac Bank the key sponsor.