The capital city, Trivandrum, will soon host one of the largest and most polyphonic cultural events in God`s own country. Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters will bring together international and Indian writers with sessions devoted to divergent topics, trends, ideas and genres ranging from fiction, poetry, nonfiction, politics, environment, travel, and cinema prominently. Held under the theme `Known Lands; Unheard Voices`, the festival will have a strong field of speakers from Europe, the US, West Indies, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. MBIFL `19 will have a large contingent of close to 50 foreign speakers who include poets, novelists, academics, graphic novelists, filmmakers, and journalists. There are over 100 speakers from Kerala in addition to the leading Indian writers in English and other languages thus making it a total speaker resource of over 200.
The highlights of the festival are high-profile conversations, reading and storytelling sessions, impromptu performances, workshops and also an exploration of traditional Kerala cuisine. MBIFL will host numerous sessions devoted to divergent topics, trends, ideas and genres ranging from fiction, poetry, non-fiction, politics, environment, travel and cinema.
Some of the writers coming for Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters 2019 Include Germaine Greer, Shashi Tharoor, Azareen Oloomi, Shahad Al Rawi, Andrei Kurkov, JJ Bola, etc. The event will meld diverse literary artistic and cultural forms.
The logo of the festival is designed based on the first consonant – `Ka`- in Malayalam. The depiction has the letter standing tall against a vibrant, multi-hued background. Every word creates a universe of meanings linked to individual or collective memory, each alphabet sparks an explosion of imagination. `Ka` in Malayalam does it precisely. The enticing and exciting world `Ka` unravels is a cognitive journey.
MBIFL intends to reflect the ineffable nature of the human condition offering incandescent possibilities of imagination and creativity.