This highlights the need for freedom of speech, and a safe place where writers, thinkers, academics, artists, and performers can come together
Another Dhaka Lit Fest has ended, and with that, we are reminded of the importance of such lively events such as this one, which celebrate books, ideas, and all the things that make us human.
Every year, DLF gives us the opportunity to sit down and discuss the many issues which plague our nation, with some of the brightest minds from around the world coming together in doing so.
That is exactly what Dhaka Lit Fest has always stood for -- discussion and debate, the space for which, sadly, has been shrinking in many spheres of life.
DLF took on topics ranging from sexual harassment, the proliferation of “fake news,” and the controversial Digital Security Act -- all topics of the greatest urgency.
With the participation of local heavyweights such as Afsan Chowdhury, Kaiser Huq, and Imdadul Haque Milon, along with internationally recognized names such as Tilda Swinton, Manisha Koirala, and Nandita Das, this year’s event has proven how the best discussions come out through diversity and disagreement.
Once again, this highlights the need for freedom of speech, and a safe place where writers, thinkers, academics, artists, and performers can come together and say what they believe needs to be said, without fear of repercussion.
As the curtains close on DLF 2018, we offer our congratulations to the winner of this year’s Gemcon Sahi Puroshkar, Proshanta Mridha, and all the others who were awarded for their creativity in the arts.
Finally, this newspaper is proud to have been title sponsor of the Dhaka Lit Fest -- to all those who came to the event, or showed their support, we give our heartfelt thanks, and hope to see you again next year.