Having been with Adonis all the time there, I really appreciated these moments where he expressed some surprise, discovering new things, and keeping memories of very special moments.
The breadth of participants, the balance between sub-continental and international speakers, the quite incredible organisation in very difficult circumstances, the buzz around the whole Festival and the warmth and friendliness of everyone involved made it a time to treasure. It does Dhaka and Bangladesh proud.
The quality of writers and journalists you amassed was extraordinarily high... Managing a festival of that size in such a crowded, haphazard city is no mean feat.
Writer & journalist
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the city, listening to the talks and all the wonderful hospitality.
There was something about the atmosphere that was really electric.
Editorial Assistant Granta
That was genuinely the most stimulating literary festival I've ever been to.
Online Editor Granta
It was a triumph! You should be proud of yourselves!
Historian & Festival Director Jaipur Lit Fest
What sets the Dhaka Lit Fest apart is its earnestness, its belief in the possibility of change, and in the importance of literature in facilitating that change.
In a world where there are forces continuously trying to separate and segregate us, DLF stands as
testimony to the power of the people, and what can be achieved if we work together, and have a space
for free discussion and debate, without fear or the forces of intolerance.
Syed Zakir Hossain
In Bangladesh, where independent bloggers and journalists have increasingly become targets
of violence, the Dhaka Literary Festival has become a symbol of defiance. Its message about the power
of truth and art also serves as a respite in this South Asian country, which is facing a number of
Launching one of the world’s most exciting literary festivals, in the middle of the world’s
densest megacity, is accomplishment enough. But managing it year after year, meeting
increased expectations, and handling the particular challenges of a place like Bangladesh,
make the Dhaka Lit Fest one of the most remarkable literary events in the world.