That time of the year is upon us again, when the Dhaka Lit Fest brings you a host of talks, performances, workshops, and so on. This event marks a resurgence of Bangladeshi literary culture while vigorously engaging other cultures far beyond our borders. This three-day event introduces you to eminent thinkers and writers from around the world, inspiring your inner writer.
But if you are still unsure whether this is really the place for you, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
Biggest literary festival in South Asia
The DLF is considered one of the biggest literary festivals in South Asia. This is not just a three-day event about books and literature, it is also about art, history, music, different forms of performance, journalism, human rights, and so forth. So, whether you are interested in feminism, science fiction or global politics – this is the place for you.
Opportunity to meet big writers and discover new writers
Did you ever expect to see a Nobel Laureate in Literature up close, hear him talk about literature or his life? Or, to put it a bit differently: How often do you get a chance to be on the hunt for autographs from a Man Booker International winner, or a Pulitzer winner for that matter? The answer is obvious – unless you are lucky and abroad, you don't expect to see a Nobel Laureate walking or speaking in front of you; you don't get a chance to collect autographs from big international award-winning writers. But this year for the first time, the DLF will see a Nobel Laureate, a Man Booker International winner and a Pulitzer winner attending the festival together. Now it is up to you to decide whether you want to miss this opportunity or not.
But this year for the first time, the DLF will see a Nobel Laureate, a Man Booker International winner and a Pulitzer winner attending the festival together. Now it is up to you to decide whether you want to miss this opportunity or not.
The big names apart, the DLF is also unique in that it always invites new, emerging writers from the hegemonic as well as under-represented languages and countries. So, there is a world of new ideas out there, and the DLF is your opportunity to engage with new conversations and let your own ideas be shaped and influenced by them.
Cultural education and exchange
The DLF is broadening its horizon every year, bringing in authors from countries and cultures that are usually kept at the margins in lit fests around the world. The international lineup of authors and artists this year will feature a hugely diverse set of speakers.
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Books you've never accessed before
If you are a reader who likes to go beyond the bestsellers and classics, and read widely and across genres, then you will know the disappointment that one often experiences when browsing the book stores in the capital. The DLF book stalls not only have a wide range of authors from all over the world, you are also bound to come across books that you may not have ever discovered in the city or even on online portals like Goodreads. Who knows? You might even discover your new favourite book there!
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Socialising with kindred spirits
At the risk of being accused of a certain level of intellectual snobbery, one can say it is often difficult to find like-minded people at regular social gatherings in the city. Schools tend to focus only on the curriculum, and there are hardly any libraries and even fewer book clubs. Whether you're a writer, reader or literary nut, the prospect of having a hot cup of tea over a heated conversation about the new DLF-inspired ideas bouncing around in your head with fellow literary enthusiasts, and that too on the historic premises of the Bangla Academy – can be enough reason to make sure you don't miss out this amazing festival.