Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about Dhaka Lit Fest.

When will Dhaka Lit Fest 2019 be held?

DLF 2019 will be held from Nov 7th to 9th, 2019.

When will Dhaka Lit Fest 2019 speakers and programme be announced?

Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to get updates regarding the speakers as they are announced. The programme will be up on the website soon.

Where is Dhaka Lit Fest held?

The festival is held on the grounds of Bangla Academy, on the Dhaka University campus. You can get directions from Google Maps here:

Due to the ongoing metro construction work, heavy traffic is expected. Please plan accordingly to avoid missing the sessions.

How do I register for the festival?

You can register for free from the DLF website. Registration is now open for DLF 2019! Registration is mandatory for all. The e-ticket must be presented in print or electronic format for entry to the festival. There will be no facility at the venue to print the e-ticket.

How do I become a DLF volunteer or team member?

This year’s volunteer intake is complete. Watch this space for more details on how to volunteer for DLF 2020.

How can I participate as a speaker at Dhaka Lit Fest?

This year’s programme is finalised and will be up soon. If you are interested in being a speaker in DLF 2020, please email us at [email protected] and tell us about your work. Do keep in mind that there is a great deal of interest to participate in Dhaka Lit Fest, and that we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Can my business have an outlet at Dhaka Lit Fest?

We love to feature diverse food and literature at the festival. If you are a publisher or a food vendor and would like to have an outlet at DLF 2020, please email us at [email protected].


How can I contribute to the festival?

Dhaka Lit Fest has a wonderful group of supporters within Bangladesh, and around the world, that help us in numerous ways; without whom Dhaka Lit Fest would not be possible. You can also become a Friend or a Patron of the festival. In addition, there are opportunities to become a Sponsor. Please email [email protected] for details.

How do I become a Friend of DLF?

By becoming a Friend of DLF, you can avail the following benefits:

  • Friend ID Card
  • VIP Car Sticker
  • Festival Bag
  • Invite to official Festival Dinner
  • Reserved seat at the Main Stage in the first 3 rows (Subject to a first-come-first-serve basis)

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

How do I become a Patron of DLF?

A Patron of DLF gets access to the following exclusive facilities:

  • Patron ID Card
  • VIP Car Sticker
  • DLF Goodie Bag
  • Access to Author’s Lounge
  • Signed book by headlining author
  • Invite to an exclusive Cocktail Reception held before the Festival
  • Invite to the official Festival Dinner
  • Reserved seat at the Main Stage in the first 3 rows (Subject to a first-come-first-serve basis)
  • If desired, name on DLF Brochure/Venue banner as Patron.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Can I visit Dhaka Lit Fest from outside Bangladesh?

Yes! For logistical help email us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We can also organise customised tours in and around Dhaka for our foreign guests.

I’m a member of the Press. How do I get press accreditation to cover the festival?

If you would like to pre-register, please send an email to [email protected] with your details. Also, if you wish to interview any of our authors, email us your requests and we can help you arrange for the same.

Are books available at Dhaka Lit Fest?

Books by Dhaka Lit Fest speakers are available at the festival bookstore. Authors will also sign their books there. Watch out for announcements!

Want to join the team or participate as speaker or performer?

To participate as a speaker or performer at DLF 2020, email us at [email protected].

What is DLF doing to be more environment-friendly?

This year at DLF 2019 we are proud to be partnering with CSD-ULAB – The Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and BPCL – Bangladesh Petrochemical Company Limited, in our endeavour to be more environment-friendly.

With the help of CSD-ULAB, we are advising all our stall holders to reduce the use of plastic and encouraging them to replace it with biodegradable materials such as betel-nut and paper.

BPCL is helping us to ensure the segregation of trash into biodegradables and non biodegradables, which will then be sent for recycling. They will also remove all plastic bottles at the end of each day for the purpose of recycling them in their labs.

We are also replacing plastic ID cards at the festival with recycled paper on a jute string, as well as encouraging all our visitors to bring their own water bottles with them.

What will my information be used for when I register?

We use the collective data from registration to learn about the demographic that attends the festival. This will help us organise future festivals better. We use your information carefully and privately and it is not sold to any third party, so you can rest assured that your information will be kept confidential.

Are there any items I am not allowed to bring in from outside?

No items of food or drink will be allowed from outside. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue.

Lighters, matches, cigarettes and any tobacco-related products will not be allowed at the venue.

No bags will be allowed at the venue. Wallets or purses must be smaller than 5"x 10".