With a footfall of more than 300,000 people, attendance of more than 650 authors and extensive digital media coverage over last 4 years, Gujarat Literature festival has proved itself to be an ace of literary gatherings in the state. Its fifth edition is kicking off on 3rd January 2018, in the heritage city of Ahmedabad, at Kanoria Centre for Arts, Hutheesing Centre and Gujarat University. GLF will be a five day affair teeming with literati hoping from across the globe. Over past half a decade, creators of the GLF have touched more than eight languages within in just 250 sessions. Philologists of varied age group have listed down GLF in their itinerary of ‘things to do during winters of Gujarat’ because of its lateral ideology and nonrestrictive approach of not limiting literature to just written word, but extending it to spoken word form too. A host of readers, writers, publishers, distributors, and enthusiasts who look forward to growing in the field of films, books, radio, digital media and journalism make unforgettable memories and associations here while consuming popular as well as offbeat literary works. They engage in thought-provoking workshops, mindful debates, enriching discussions and inspiring talks with virtuosos of the respective fields.
The festival theme, in its fifty edition is ‘Story Telling’ and the line-up includes luminous names like Anjum Rajabali, Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, Saket Chaudhary, Zeenat Lakhani, Saiwyn Quadras, Vinod Ranganath, R. Prasanna, Ketan Mehta, Saumya Joshi, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Sandeep Shrivastava, Vijayendra Prasad, Gauri Shinde, Kausar Munir and Ashok Mishra and many more.
Festive producer Samkit Shah during the official press conference declared about “the all-new GLF Awards, where potent high-fliers from the field of literature, journalism, films and design will be felicitated with an accolade.”, where as Festival Director Shyam Parekh informed, “this year at GLF authors of Hindi, English and Gujarati language will procure an opportunity to get their work published as publishers from all across India including delegates of Penguin India are planning to visit.” The only festival that is directly associated with the Screenwriters Association of India will inculcate panel discussions on entrepreneurship, literature for children, and heritage of Ahmedabad following with a highly discounted book fair. As per Niharika Shah, one of the core team members at GLF, “Till now more than 80% registrations made are below the age group of 30 years, and even our selected panellists include veterans as well as prodigy achievers from diverse fields.”
Check the complete schedule of the Festival here.
Know more about workshops at GLF here.
This year the festivity is expanded and has added a seperate edition at the cultural city of Vadodara. The maiden Vadodara edition is scheduled between February 2 to 4, 2018 at the iconic Alembic Ground.
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