The seventh edition of the Kerala Literature Festival, one of the most popular literary event of the subcontinent, is set to take place from January 11 to January 14 2023, at Kozhikode Beach. Each year, the festival sees Booker Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, literary luminaries, celebrities and media personalities.
Kozhikode was recently named the 'City of Literature' by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). The literary event has certainly contributed in its journey to this prestigious title. The central theme of 'City of Literature' was bestowed upon Kozhikode to acknowledge its substantial influence in the world of words and letters.
"We are immensely proud of Kozhikode's recognition as the 'City of Literature' by UNESCO. This achievement underlines the lively literary and artistic culture that thrives in our city. The Kerala Literature Festival has been instrumental to this journey, serving as a cultural beacon, bringing together acclaimed authors and passionate readers from around the world. Kozhikode truly embodies the essence of literature, and this recognition reflects the festival’s remarkable impact.” said Shri. P. A. Mohammed Riyas, Tourism Minister of Kerala said in a statement.
The event, organised by organised by DC Kizhakemuri Foundation and co-promoted by DC Books will have over 500 speakers. The annual literary event has gained international acclaim since inception in 2016. the event will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The festival, has previously featured the likes of Shashi Tharoor, Manu S Pillai, William Dalrymple and Gurucharan Das.
"Kozhikode's recognition as the 'City of Literature' by UNESCO is a testament to the power of literature to transcend boundaries and unite people. The Kerala Literature Festival has been a proud catalyst in this journey, providing a platform for stories to be told, heard, and cherished," Ravi Deecee, Chief Facilitator, Kerala Literature Festival.