7th edition of Kerala Literature Festival starts from Jan 11 in Kozhikode

Festival launches India’s first residency for writers at Vagamon


December 29, 2023

/ By / New Delhi

7th edition of Kerala Literature Festival starts from Jan 11 in Kozhikode

KLF stands as a celebration of thoughts, ideas, and culture

As it enters the last mile for the 7th edition, Kerala Literature Festival has announced a residency programme of 4-8 weeks for writers, the first such programme in India.

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Kerala Literature Festival has announced the launch India’s first residency programme for writers and artists as part of its activities. In a press statement, the organisers of the festival say that the Vagamon Residency, nestled in the serene hills of Vagamon, is designed to provide an inspiring and secluded space for creative individuals to hone their skills and immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature.

The statement adds that Kerala, often hailed as a tropical paradise, boasts a rich trade, religion, and culture tapestry. Recognising the significance of literacy in its development, Kerala achieved a milestone by attaining 100 pc primary education through the Athulyam literacy program in January 2016, the organisers say, adding that the state’s vibrant reading culture is evident in the numerous libraries that dot its landscape.

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The statement adds that away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Vagamon unfolds as a hill station surrounded by meadows, pine forests, and stunning landscapes. Known as a paradise, Vagamon exudes cultural and religious harmony, nestled among three hills, Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala. This picturesque location will host an intimate group of writers and artists from India and abroad for a residency lasting 4-8 weeks.

“Embracing the essence of literary exploration, the Vagamon Residency stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to fostering creativity. In the tranquil embrace of Vagamon’s hills, this residency beckons writers and artists from near and far to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery. We are delighted to witness the birth of a space where the written word and artistic expression find solace in nature, shaping narratives that transcend boundaries and enrich our cultural fabric,” says Ravi Deecee, Chief Facilitator, Kerala Literature Festival.

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The statement adds that Kerala Literature Festival has been instrumental in fostering reading culture and nurturing budding writers through various programs. KLF will sponsor accommodation and associated costs for selected writers and artists at the Vagamon Residency, which is open to both published and aspiring writers.

Kerala Literature Festival, Asia’s largest of its kind, is set to host its 7th edition in January 2024. With over 500 global speakers, 250 sessions across six venues on Kozhikode beach, movie screenings, a Children’s Festival, art installations, school outreach programs, and folk cultural nights, KLF stands as a celebration of thoughts, ideas, and culture.

Scheduled from January 11-14, 2024 on the beaches of Kozhikode, KLF 2024 will feature authors, novelists, diplomats, politicians, poets, advocates, journalists, historians, entrepreneurs, activists, academicians, chefs, film and theatre personalities, and celebrities from diverse professional backgrounds. The festival will be held for the first time since UNESCO’s recent declaration of Kozhikode as the first ‘City of Literature’.

Türkiye will celebrate its 100 years as a republic at KLF 2024 and will be represented through music, dance, food, and various art forms. The United Kingdom, Wales, Spain, Japan, USA, Malaysia, Spain and France will be the other participating countries, making it a truly global celebration of literature and culture, they add.



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