Gujarat Literature Festival or GLF or #gujlitfest is the first and most popular literary festival of Gujarat. The free annual festival, focused on young readers and creators is now five seasons old and includes all forms and mediums, used to express literary creativity. We believe, literature is not bound between the covers of a book, but blooms in a free environment, in myriad forms, languages and mediums. This festival has room for all of them. It aspires to celebrate book writers, poets and playwrights, film writers, lyricists, bloggers, journalists, social media writers and other genres that use literary creativity.
Though focused on Gujarati writers and literary creators, the festival is by no means either limited to, or defined by one language. In the five years, it has seen programming in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Malayali, Rajasthani and more.
#gujlitfest is an event that brings together, under one roof and on a single platform, ideas and written work. It also brings in passionate and action-based reading, philosophy, story-tellers and their imaginative worlds of characters, novelists, poets, ghazalkars, an up-close moment with folk artistes, and not-to-be-missed sessions by film writers and lyricists. You will also witness the world of blogging and social media debaters come alive in front of you. With a diversity of languages and multiplicity of mediums, #gujlitfest is a walk through the hardbound and virtual world of literary creativity.
All the seasons of #gujlitfest, which is a free festival, have been held in Ahmedabad. Free thought is the cornerstone of a sensitive society and vibrant democracy. With this overriding belief, #gujlitfest brings the best minds from across the world on a platform that provides free debates, discussions, dialogues and informal interactions, on and off stage.