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A feast of words

  • Published at 05:57 pm November 7th, 2018
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MAHMOOD HOSSAIN OPU

DLF has always stood out as a beacon of free expression, and this time will be no different

It is that time of the year again: Dhaka Lit Fest is back, with a list of participants as robust as ever. 

Ever since its inception, DLF has sought to celebrate democracy, debate, and free thought through its various panels, bringing forth discussions as varied as possible to the forefront, and Bangladesh needs this, now more than ever.

These issues were multifarious and diverse in nature, from topics related to race, ethnicity, and nationality, to language, literature, and politics, tackling the hard questions which many, in this day and age, fear to address.

DLF has always stood out as a beacon of free expression, and this time will be no different. 

As with every year, this year will also see the event host a wide range of eminent international personalities, such as Pulitzer prize winning author Adam Johnson and German writer Olga Grjasnowa, in addition to West Bengal stalwart Shirshendu Mukhopaddhay, and local heavyweights like poets Asad Chowdhury, Kaiser Huq, and Audity Falguni, and novelists Anisul Haque and Imdadul Haque Milon. 

But that’s not all: Dhaka Lit Fest has always stood for inclusivity and adaptation, representing contemporary culture and politics, understanding the value of diversification at a time when definitions of art and literature are constantly in flux.

As such, the three-day event will also include the likes of actresses Manisha Koirala and Nandita Das, baul singer Kangalini Sufia, and director Amitabh Reza.

By showcasing a wide range of writers, artists, and political commentators, the Dhaka Lit Fest highlights the importance of art like no other event.

DLF will run from today, November 8 to Saturday, November 10. We hope to see you there, in this celebration of literature, art, and free thought.