This page uses content from Wikipedia and is licensed under CC BY-SA.
|Dhaka Lit Fest|
|Inaugurated||2011 (as The Hay Festival Dhaka)|
Dhaka Lit Fest began as The Hay Festival Dhaka on the premises of British Council Dhaka in 2012. The festival was initiated by Sadaf Saaz, Tahmima Anam, Ahsan Akbar and Kazi Anis Ahmed, all of whom write in English. In 2015, its current three directors, Sadaf Saaz, Ahsan Akbar and Kazi Anis Ahmed, renamed the Hay Festival Dhaka as "Dhaka Lit Fest" to tackle widespread criticism and backlash from mainstream Bangladeshi writers for importing a British literary festival from the former imperial country that colonized Bangladesh. The organizers were called Anglophile comprador bourgeois who are the unashamed agents of neo-imperial western hegemony in Bangladesh. Many also speculate that they initiated the event to promote themselves as writers in English and groom their own fandom in Dhaka.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dhaka Lit Fest.|