The seventh edition of Dhaka Lit Fest will begin on the premises of Bangla Academy in the capital today.
The Bangla Academy, cultural affairs ministry and Jatrik Production Limited (JPL) are organising the three-day literary event which will continue till November 18.
A total of 31 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Canada, Singapore, the UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, China and Bhutan, are taking part in the event.
In all, 75 writers, researchers and thinkers from different countries will perform in this festival while 150 writers, researchers and teachers from Bangladesh will join more than 90 sessions during the festival.
Talking to the daily sun, the organisers said, “The main purpose of this festival is to introduce Bangladeshi literature to the world’s literary arena.”
“Dhaka Lit Fest has created a link between Bangladesh and the global culture,” they added.
Foreign guests, including Syrian poet Adonis, Nigerian poet Ben Okri, English actress Tirla Swinton, and award-winning Indian poet Nabaneeta Dev Sen, will also grace the occasion.
Noted literary personalities Syed Manjoorul Islam, Moinul Ahsan Saber, Aly Zaker, Selina Hossain, Shamsuzzaman Khan, Anwara Syed Haque, Asad Chowdhury, Anisul Haque, Salimullah Khan, Kaiser Haque, Khademul Islam will be present at the festival from Bangladesh.
The festival will be conducted by writer Kazi Anis Ahmed, publisher of the Dhaka Tribune, Poet Saadaf Saeed Siddique and Poet Ahsan Akbar.