Today is the third Thursday of November, which means that it is Dhaka Lit Fest time.
Ever since taking over from its predecessor the Hay Festival in 2015, DLF has established itself as a world class literary festival, where some of the most relevant and interesting conversations are being had about the world today.
The three-day festival which begins today will feature the likes of Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri, and Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton.
It also boasts renowned Syrian poet Adonis, best-selling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver, and prolific columnist Azeem Ibrahim, discussing a diverse range of topics, and many others.
At its heart, DLF is an event that not only celebrates writing, but art, and how powerful and important it is in this day and age.
Dhaka Tribune is proud to be a sponsor for the event, which truly sets in stone Dhaka’s reputation as centre for culture, and enlightened debate.
An event such as this goes a long way in bringing in diverse opinions from across the globe, featuring panels which create discourse on a variety of issues, such as the Rohingya crisis and the rise of the far right.
It is important now, more than ever, to pay attention to what these festivals have to offer.
In a world where there are forces continuously trying to separate and segregate us, DLF stands as testimony to the power of the people, and what can be achieved if we work together, and have a space for free discussion and debate, without fear or the forces of intolerance.
DLF creates that much-needed space, bringing the world to Bangladesh, in a celebration of all that makes us human.