THE EMIRATES AIRLINE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE LAUNCHES FIRST FULL SESSION RECORDING IN DIGITAL CONTENT SERIES FROM 2020 FESTIVAL

Dubai, United Arabic Emirates, 08 April 2020: The Emirates Literature Foundation, home of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, launches its digital content to the world this week, featuring a limited series of panel discussions from the 2020 edition of the Festival.

This Tuesday, 7 April, the public can log on to see two of the world’s greatest living adventurers, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, discussing their extraordinary experiences during a panel talk at the LitFest. This is the start of the series of panels, with one new session recording released each week.

To view the sessions and to keep updated of all the latest content, subscribe to the EmiratesLitFest YouTube channel, follow EmiratesLitFest on social media and log on to the elfdubai.org website.

The 12th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature saw literary heroes such as Jane Goodall, Jo Nesbo, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Chris Bonington, Tayari Jones, Fatima Bhutto, Jokha Alharthi and more, converge to answer life’s big questions. During this period of social distancing, the Foundation is publishing a limited series of filmed panels from this year’s festival, as well as book recommendations, and a curated list of resources for literary entertainment, education and self-improvement across their digital platforms. This includes reading lists and other resources for children of all ages.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is the flagship event of the Emirates Literature Foundation and brings together multicultural audiences with leading international and local literary talent, promoting literature, education, debate, and above all, the love of reading.

About the Emirates Literature Foundation:

The Emirates Literature Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which supports and nurtures a love of literature in the United Arab Emirates and the region, through a programme of varied cultural initiatives.

Established in 2013 by Royal Decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Foundation aims to foster a love for literature, with a focus on the Arabic language.

In line with the National Reading Policy of the UAE, the Foundation has implemented several long-term projects including the School Librarian of the Year Award and the annual Arabic Language Week, as well as conducting year-round student education programmes, book clubs and creative writing courses. The Foundation’s previous initiatives included the 2016 Dubai Translation Conference and the 2017 Dubai International Publishing Conference, which hosted a number of international participants.

The Foundation is also the governing body of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the UAE’s premier literary festival, which was held 4 – 9 February, 2020.

About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature:

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, featuring international and regional writers, poets, thinkers and speakers from around the world. In 2020 the Festival reached more than 43,000 people through the Festival’s main programme of events which featured Jane Goodall, Jo Nesbo, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Chris Bonington, Tayari Jones, Fatima Bhutto, Markus Zusak, Mitch Albom and Jokha Alharthi, among many others.

The aim of the Festival is to develop a culture of reading as an enjoyable habit in the UAE, and its efforts have been recognised through many awards over the years. By providing an equal platform for international and locally based talents, the Festival continues to build the literary landscape in the UAE and further afield.

Alongside the main programme, the Festival organises an Education programme, which positively impacted on more than 30,000 students across the UAE. The programme includes education days, student sessions and author school visits where young people meet and interact with their favourite authors, plus student competitions, held in Arabic and English, which allow young people to showcase their skills through poetry, short stories and reading.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Festival is a key part of the Emirates Literature Foundation, which was established in 2013 by Royal Decree. The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held in partnership with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture.

For information and updates about the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature visit the website: www.emirateslitfest.com

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