Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature?
- What languages are spoken in Emirates LitFest sessions?
- When will the 2013 Festival take place?
- How many authors have signed up to take part in Emirates LitFest 2013 so far?
- What genres of writing will be represented by the authors who have signed up so far?
- Where will the Festival take place?
- What can we expect to see over the 5 days of the Festival?
- Will you be running another Students’ Writing Competition?
- Tell me more about plans for Education Day in 2012
- What activities are there for children?
- How and where do I get tickets?
- Where can I buy the authors’ books?
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (Emirates LitFest) is a celebration of literature in all its forms. As the Middle East’s largest annual literary festival, it offers residents and overseas visitors the opportunity to meet famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings and participate in workshops. Attendees can also enjoy the many free Fringe activities that are held as part of the festival.
The majority of our sessions are conducted in either Arabic or English, while some panel sessions may feature speakers of both languages. One session, at the Reflets Restaurant will be in French. There is simultaneous translation in all main programme events so, for example, English-speakers can still enjoy an Arabic session simply by collecting a headset as they enter the room. A handful of sessions are also conducted in other languages, in which case translation into both Arabic and English will be available. The French session will only be translated to English.
Language guidance is given on the web page for each session so that when you book you know which language you can expect to hear.
The 2013 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will take place over five days days, 5-9 March.
At time of writing 126 authors have signed up for the 2013 LitFest, representing 30 nationalities.
The 2013 Festival will include sessions on cookery, travel, sport, horror, popular fiction, literary fiction, crime, graphics, poetry, politics, journalism, autobiography, biography, entertainment, screen-writing, adventure, translation, creative writing, philosophy, local history, folk history, art, Islamic Studies, fantasy and science fiction.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is spread over a number of venues. The main part of the programme, and Education Day, will take place at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. The Special Events, such as the Desert Stanzas night and the Visit to the Emirates NBD Pearl Museum will take place off-site. For more information about our venues click here.
In 2011 the Festival also gained a permanent home at Dar Al Adaab (The House of Literature) in Bastakiya, Bur Dubai. Dar Al Adaab will host various festival events throughout the year. For more information about Dar Al Adaab, please click here.
Once again, there will be an Author Programme of talks, readings, interviews, debates and panel discussions led by bestselling international authors, along with cookery demonstrations, literary lunches and more. Opening Night (5 March) will feature young actors from the local community performing under the direction of Royal Shakespeare Company director Phillip Breen. From 7-9 March the Festival takes over the Event Centre at the InterContinental Hotel for the majority of author sessions.
The workshop and masterclass programme (7-9 March), already selling out fast, features classes taught by top authors and instructors across a wide range of subjects. The free Fringe Festival (7-9 March) consists of musical and drama perfomances around the InterContinental.
The Festival ran three major competitions in 2011-12: the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition, the Boeing Readers’ Cup Challenge and the Taaleem Poetry Award. All three are now closed to new entries, and winners will be announced during the Festival. Competitions for the 2013 Festival will be announced later in 2012.
In 2012 Education Day is moving to the InterContinental Hotel Event Centre, and is expanding to cover two days (7-8 March). Some authors will also be visiting schools.
As well as the sessions for children and young adults in the main LitFest programme, the Time Out Kids Zone and Moorfields Challenge will both be returning for 2012, offering free, fun and educational events on the weekend of 9-10 March. You can find out more about children’s authors and events here.
Buy your tickets online at tickets.emirateslitfest.com. Tickets are also available in-store at WH Smith, Oasis Centre (ground floor), Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tickets will also be available from our box office at the InterContinental Hotel Events Centre during the Festival.
Kinokuniya is the official bookseller for the 2012 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. They will be selling the authors’ titles on site throughout the Festival, as well as stocking their books in their shop at Dubai Mall – so you can start reading up now!
Telephone: +971 4 434 0111