Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

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2018 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (The Festival) is an international literature festival held annually in the United Arab Emirates. The festival is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, under the auspices of the Emirates Literature Foundation and is ran by Ahlam Bolooki. The Festival's offices are located within the Dubai International Writers' Centre.

The Festival is held each March in Dubai. It features more than 250 sessions and unique events including workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions and poetry readings.[1] The programme has events for adults and children in Arabic, English, French as well as other languages. An estimated 44,000+ visitors attend the festival each year.[2]

Along with daily sessions, the Festival conducts a "Fringe" for children to encourage local talent.[3] Students also get the opportunity to meet international authors during the "Education Days".[4]

The Festival is held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, in partnership with Emirates and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Emirates' authority for culture, arts, and heritage.

History[edit]

Awards[edit]

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature won the Middle East Event Awards’ Best Festival Award three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.[7][8][9] The Festival was awarded Best Family Friendly Day Out Award at the Time Out Kids Awards 2016[10] and Favourite Festival[11] at the What’s On Awards 2016. The Festival won the Best Arts & Culture Event at the Middle East Special Events Award in 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "160 authors and 300 sessions at EAFOL – Gulf News".
  2. ^ "EMIRATES AIRLINE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE 2017 COMES TO A SUCCESSFUL CLOSE".
  3. ^ "Theatre Focus at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Adult Fringe – Ameinfo -".
  4. ^ "Exciting Children's and Education Programme Announced for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2017 – Ameinfo -".
  5. ^ "NEW AUTHORS AND STRANDS ADDED TO EMIRATES AIRLINE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE 2017 LINE-UP".
  6. ^ "NEW #DUBAILITFEST SESSION – REFLECTIONS ON POSITIVITY AND HAPPINESS". Emirates.
  7. ^ "EMIRATES LITFEST WINS BEST FESTIVAL TITLE AT MIDDLE EAST EVENT AWARDS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR".
  8. ^ "EAFOL voted Best Festival".
  9. ^ "EAFOL defend Best Festival Title at Middle East Event Awards".
  10. ^ "FESTIVAL WINS BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY DAY OUT AT TIME OUT DUBAI KIDS AWARDS 2016".
  11. ^ "EMIRATES AIRLINE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE WINS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL AT WHAT'S ON AWARDS 2016".