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Nepal Literature Festival starts in Pokhara Friday

Nepal Literature Festival starts in Pokhara Friday
KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The much awaited Nepal Literature Festival is all set to kick off in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board by the Phewa Lake in Pokhara on Friday. The fifth edition of the literary extravaganza is being held at the Lake city this year "in an attempt to introduce the taste of an international literature festival to the Pokhareli audience," states the press release.

Like in the previous years, the Festival this year will also see litterateurs, academics, journalists, artistes and musicians expressing their creative thoughts, celebrating written and spoken words and ideas, and indulging in vibrant and thought-provoking discussions.
An assortment of interesting events has been lined up for the four-day Festival. From book launches to discussions about the new constitution, moderated conversations with national and international writers and journalists, and a chat with actors Rajesh Hamal and Dayahang Rai on the meaning of being a hero—the festival has it all. About 60 personalities from various fields including Baburam Bhattarai, Gagan Thapa, Rabindra Mishra, Buddhi Sagar, Upendra Subba, and Amar Nyaupane will be attending the festival. Journalist Barkha Dutt and writer Ira Trivedi—both from India—are the only international personalities participating in this year's Festival.

The attendees will also be able to see selected photos that were part of Nepal's first international photo festival 'Photo Kathmandu' at an exhibition by photo.circle.

"The Festival will help make naturally beautiful Pokhara culturally beautiful as well," Festival Director Ajit Baral has been quoted as saying in the press release. Similarly, Poet and Culture Expert Tirtha Shrestha has been quoted: "The Festival will give energy to the literary activities of Pokhara."

Nepal Literature Festival 2016 has been organized by the Bookworm Foundation and co-organized by Random Readers' Society, a book discussion group committed to the promotion of Nepali arts, culture and literature.

The Festival will conclude on February 1.

For detailed schedules, visit nepalliteraturefestival.com.