Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, is among the top names announced for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2021
3 January 2021| Last updated on 19 January 2021
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The festival returns with exciting mix of live and virtual sessions.
Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai is among the top names announced by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature for its 2021 run, taking place across three weekends in three venues from January 29 - February 13.
The outspoken Malala, an inspiring Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate, will be taking the stage at the Festival to share her story, her mission and her vision for the future.
She will be joined by her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, a global education activist and teacher who is currently the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education and the educational attaché of Pakistan in its consulate in Birmingham, UK.
Ziauddin has always been dedicated to speak for those who could not speak for themselves. He held a particular concern for the women in his family and community who were both uneducated and overlooked. He helped as he could when he could – from reading letters written by soldiers to their mothers, to advocating for the protection of his own family members against domestic violence.
This is a unique opportunity for students, teachers, and others to hear the Yousafzai family speak about their life, campaigning, and strident support on everyone's right to education.
Photo credit: @malala | Instagram
In addition to Malala, the Festival will be featuring other big names, fresh voices and new talent, with many sessions under the 2021 Festival theme, 'Change the Story’, defining the spirit of the current times.
The Emirates LitFest will implement comprehensive Covid-19 measures, but the entertaining and thought-provoking programme of literary talks, news-worthy debates, poetry events and workshops will be the same beloved festival formula, engaging readers and non-readers alike.
Its 2021 edition is set to feature a mix of live appearance and virtual sessions embracing literature, art, science, current affairs, film, food, and performance. Many sessions will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend, or miss out on tickets.
The Festival is held with Founding Partners Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, is delighted for the return of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
"More than ever, culture and creativity that generates thoughtful conversations, feeds knowledge and brings people together has never been so important during these extraordinary times," he said.
"The blend of physical events and virtual sessions led by some of the most prolific authors and cultural figures of our time will help bring ideas and learnings to new audiences, and serve the Festival’s loyal community.
We are proud to support the festival and help bring so many influential voices to Dubai, as the city continues to safely deliver and host local and global events. Dubai’s strong vision for the future continues to underpin its efforts to bounce back stronger, and we will continue to support its growing appeal as a destination for people to gather and engage for a myriad of events," Sir Clark added.