Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF or Dhaka Literary Festival), held at the historic premises of the Bangla Academy every year since 2012, marks a resurgence of Bangladeshi literary culture while vigorously engaging other cultures far beyond our own borders. Dhaka Lit Fest began its journey with a pilot event in 2011 under the aegis of the world famous Hay-on-Wye festival.
The British Council has been collaborating with the Dhaka Lit Fest since its inception as part of Hay Festival International in 2011, and we have been pleased to watch it grow into an independent festival hosted on the historic Bangla Academy grounds, bringing together Bangladeshi and international literary influencers to an audience of 20,000 annually. As the largest international literary platform in Bangladesh, the Dhaka Lit Fest builds on 2,000 years of literary and cultural heritage through encouraging new writers and readers, creating a safe space for all kinds of discussion and dialogue and creating catalyst for future literary endeavours through showcasing and connections.
The British Council continued its collaboration with Dhaka Lit Fest through an outreach programme and roadshow by bringing British authors for talks and workshops in Chittagong and in Dhaka.
By working with Dhaka Lit Fest we aim to enrich the next generation of Bangladeshi leaders and strengthen their link with the UK, while making Bangladeshi literature accessible in the UK by bringing authors and discussions to our premises, we hope that like Dhaka Lit Fest, our sites will be seen as safe spaces for dialogue, critical thinking and freedom of expression.
We are organising several workshops and talks with three UK authors who are coming at the Dhaka Lit Fest.