Sixth Kerala Literature Festival to go Hybrid from 20 to 23 January 2022

Entertainment | December 9, 2021 | News

Kerala Literature Festival

After a year of going virtual, the sixth edition of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF 2022) will return in physical form at the beaches of Calicut (Kozhikode) from 20 to 23 January 2022. Organised by the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation, the event is supported by the Government of Kerala and Kerala Tourism Board.

Organisers said that the festival this year will be a hybrid event, with 70 percent of the sessions taking place in physical format and the rest being virtual.

KLF 2022 will host over 200 sessions featuring writers, thinkers, activists and performers from across India and more than 12 nations. Among the over 400 speakers will be Jeffrey Archer, Ada Yonath, Abhijit Banerjee, Arundhati Roy, Remo Fernandes, Sagarika Ghose, Wendy Doniger, Shashi Tharoor, Manu S Pillai, Devdutt Pattanaik, Chris Kraus and Sudhir Kakar.

Poet, critic, and writer Prof K Satchidanandan is the festive director of KLF 2022.

The sessions have been designed to map literature through discussions on science and technology, art, cinema, politics, music, environment, literature, pandemic and Its impacts, business and entrepreneurship, health, art and leisure, travel and tourism, gender, economy, culture genomics, history and politics.

This year, organizers will also introduce food trucks and ethnic cuisines.

Manu S Pillai, author and historian, said, “It is a privilege to be back at KLF and to remind oneself why this is among India’s best literature festivals. The line-up of speakers is not only exceedingly impressive, the time and space allocated to writers across languages, and on themes that are so diverse, makes attendance a richly rewarding experience. The audience is extraordinarily good and invested in the festival, their enthusiasm palpable from the large distances many of them travel in order to be at KLF. And finally, that the festival is situated in Kozhikode – a city with such a remarkable past – makes KLF even more delightful.”

The fifth edition of the festival at Kozhikode beach had attracted delegates from 17 countries in 227 sessions over four days, in January 2020.

Seventy percent of the sessions will be in-person affairs at the Kozhikode beach; over 400 speakers expected from across India and 12 countries.

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