The 10th anniversary edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) will be held at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula from December 5 to 7 this year.
Founded in 2009 by co-curators Damodar Mauzo and Vivek Menezes of the Goa Writers group, with the consistent partnership, support and organisation of ICG, the GALF is among the premier gatherings in the nation’s intellectual calendar. Many of its 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.
GALF 2019 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.
The event will host exclusive launches of ‘Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent’ by Priyamvada Gopal, Amruta Patil’s newest graphic novel ‘Aranyaka’, Keshava Guha’s debut novel ‘Accidental Magic’, and the diaspora memoir (originally written in Norwegian) ‘Stranger at My Table’ by Ivo de Figueiredo.
Canadian-Goan author Derek Mascarenhas will also be
making his India debut at the festival, alongside writers from Australia
(including Goa’s own Suneeta Peres da Costa), Spain, New Zealand, the United
States, Ireland, Cuba and
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. Throughout the programme, this topic will be examined, discussed and debated from pluralistic viewpoints and a consistent emphasis on what is usually considered the margins: Dalit voices, the economically 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 programmes 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.