Bangalore gears up for its annual litfest

Beautiful gardens and parks, the gulmohar in full bloom, the most salubrious weather – Bangalore has always inspired creative thinkers and authors. The Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) celebrates this creative spirit of the city popular as the Garden City of India and commemorates the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside India.

The Festival, to be held on Dec 5 and 6 is an annual flagship event on the cultural calendar of Bangalore and focuses on rekindling the romance with literature and fostering fine reading and writing, especially amongst the young population of the city.

The first and second editions of BLF in 2012 and 2013 attracted over 200 authors and artistes from India and abroad, several Indian and global publishers and cultural and diplomatic organizations. The Festival made its mark with audiences of over 18,000 people thronging to the sessions over the three days of each edition.

The Bangalore Literature Festival’s guiding principles include being a Festival focused on India and Indian writing – a national platform with a ‘glocal’ appeal, reflective of the cosmopolitan nature of the city; a distinctive brand with the ‘Power to Influence’; a flagship annual literature festival that is rooted in Bangalore and with global aspirations.