Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Save the dates March 4 to 8, 2014! The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will return to Dubai to reignite your passion for quality prose and verse.
At its core, the Festival has a strong educational remit, through its Education Day, its Workshop programme and the close ties to schools developed through the Fringe Festival activities.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, has announced his vision of eradicating illiteracy from the Arab World. In our recent survey we found that more than 75% of our visitors felt they were more likely to pick up a book and read after attending the Festival.
This alone is a huge endorsement of the power of a literary Festival to help foster a love of reading and thereby, over time, create a reading culture.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and, above all else, reading.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, visitors and residents to meet famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops, and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation in all events, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves, who whether festival veteran or novice have praised the lively atmosphere and the diverse, intellectually switched-on audience.
The Festival’s headline sponsor is Emirates, and it takes place under the patronage of Dubai Culture. It is a not-for-profit event supported by sponsorship and the voluntary efforts of Dubai’s dedicated reading community.
More than 150 author sessions, Workshops & masterclasses, book signings, the Fringe Festival, Festival Friends, Gala evenings, children’s activities – including the TimeOut Kids Zone, cookery demos and panel discussions.
For More Information: http://www.emirateslitfest.com/