The 2021 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai is planning ‘a mix of live physical events, probably staged outdoors, and online streaming.’
In examining what literary festivals are to mount digital renditions of their programming, the new association for those festivals “goes digital,” itself.
A timely development for literary festivals during the coronavirus pandemic, the new Global Association of Literary Festivals opens with more than 30 members.
Said by the jurors to ‘inspire questions about the destiny of the Arabic individual,’ six novels compete for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Programming a major literature festival in 2020, says festival director Ahlam Bolooki, is about responding to the times: ‘We see questions.’
Better times are ahead, says writer Ahmed Khaled Towfik, who recently appeared at a Dubai literary festival: the Arab world is ready for science fiction, he says.
With programming for adult and children’s markets, the nine-day Emirate Airline festival in Dubai faces both the Arab world and internationalism.