GAoLF Conference 2023
This 3rd conference of GAoLF between 1st and 3rd of Feb 2023, hosted by Emirates Airlines Festival of Directors in Dubai. A gathering of professionals from around the world who are passionate about promoting literature and arts. The conference is an opportunity for festival directors to exchange ideas, share best practices, and discuss emerging trends in the literary festival industry. Participants will have the chance to attend talks, workshops, and networking events.
Emirates Airlines Literature Festival
Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature
Gaborone Book Festival
İstanbul International Literature Festival
Newcastle Writers Festival
Cheltenham Literature Festival
International Literary Festival, to the sea-girt shores of Cyprus And International Festival for Young Poets
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Ake Arts & Book Festival
Bradford Literature Festival
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Bocas Literature Festival
Filba Internacional Buenos Aires
Wisconsin Book Festival
The Vancouver Writers Festival
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival
San Antonio Book Festival
Lahore Literary Festival
Bangalore Literature Festival
Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi
Akada Children’s Book Festival
Introduction - Music from Arqam
Music from Arqam -Emirati soul singer
Discussion concerning GAoLF membership and if in agreement, ratification of
Led by Carmel Rosato, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Lola
Shoneyin, Ake Arts and Book Festival
Survival - Is the current Festival model fit for purpose?
Looking to the future Post-pandemic we have seen audiences return, but perhaps not in the numbers we saw previously. Is this a post-pandemic hangover, or a sign of the changing profile of audiences and their expectations? What impact will the financial climate have on those relying on ticket sales? What has been the impact of streaming services – do people prefer to stream their entertainment into their homes rather than go out? What about sustainability issues– can it be a festival if its only online?
Lyndsey Fineran, The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival;
Daniela Ini, Filba International Buenos Aires,
Jean-Claude Cournand, Bocas Literature festival
Desert Stanzas – Opening Event
The Festival’s signature event, Desert Stanzas transports poets from around the world to perform amongst the sand dunes, under a starlit sky.
Making Diversity Count
Literature’s place in including ‘others’, breaking down stereotypes and building bridges across communities.
Syima Aslan on Bradford Literature Festival’s diversity project;
Razi Ahmed, Lahore Literary Festival
Literature, Politics and Culture – Festivals walking a tightrope
As the Culture Wars rage on, fiction has become a flashpoint in the debate.
Is the right to have freedom of expression having the opposite effect, resulting in the suppression of imagination? And how does cultural convention play a part in the debate? Should festivals be a place of neutrality for differing points of view?
Lily Gonzalez, San Antonio Book Festival;
Leslie Hurtig, The Vancouver Writers Festival
Succession Planning - The long goodbye?
Isobel Abulhoul Emirates Airline Festival of Literature;
Rose-Marie Milsom, Newcastle Writers Festival;
Jean-Claude Cournand, Bocas Literature Festival
Survival of the Fittest – Opportunities and Challenges for Publishing
Crazy About #BookTok
Head of Business Marketing at TikTok MENA Annie Arsane Mattar will delve into the world of #BookTok and what this channel means to the publishing industry.
Marketing and The Challenges of Digital Media.
Kenanano Phele, Gabarone Book Festival, Botswana;
Nermin Mollaoğlu Demirtaş, ITEF Istanbul International Literature Festival
Smooth Operators: Perspectives on delivering a seamless event
Crisis management – What could possibly go wrong?
Nick Barley, Edinburgh International Book Festival;
Isobel Abulhoul, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Mirrors and Doors in Publishing
Publishing day conversation chaired by award-winning author Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon and editor of working-class memoir Common People.