GALF returns to Goa this December

The 10th Anniversary of Goa Arts and Literature Festival will be returning on the 5th – 7th December 2019. The two-day event will be held at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula. GALF is one of the premier gatherings in the nation’s intellectual calendar.

GALF will be inaugurated by Arunachal Pradesh writer, Mamang Dai, and scholar, Harish Trivedi. The inaugural will also see the unveiling of the official 10th-anniversary artwork, exclusively created by author/artist Savia Viegas.

Many prominent well-wishers and supporters will return for the anniversary celebrations, including novelist and translator Jerry Pinto; Hindi writer Mridula Garg; award-winning Kannada writer Vivek Shanbhag; poets Keki Daruwalla, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Ranjit Hoskote, Hemant Divate and Sumana Roy; and journalists of Goan origin, Samar Halarnkar, and Naresh Fernandes.

The central theme of GALF 2019 will be, deliberations and discussions about ‘Different Ways of Belonging’ – an idea and concept derived from a poem by the late, great Eunice de Souza, which has animated the festival philosophy throughout the past decade. This topic will be examined, discussed and debated through GALF while giving different viewpoints and a consistent emphasis on what is usually considered the margins: Dalit voices, the economical disadvantages, the North-Eastern states, Kashmir, and Goa.

A range of bookstalls – including Broadway, the official bookstore for GALF 2019 – will offer a selection of books available in Goa, from local publishers to international, distributed across a wide range of genres. As previously, Young GALF will present daily programs for school children of all ages, every morning on the ICG lawns, featuring poetry, journalism, art, and activities suited for young people.

Entry to all festival sessions is free and open to the general public.