Irrawaddy Literary Festival Charitable Trust
Patron, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

With the approval of founding patron, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Irrawaddy Literary Festival has taken the important step of becoming a UK- registered Charitable Trust (Charity Commission number 1168517). The board of trustees believes that the Festival’s governance structure, as a charitable trust, is a significant and accurate reflection of the inclusive, not-for-profit, ethos and objectives which inspired the Festival’s creation.

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said: “The Festival is providing an important open forum for Burma’s literary talent. Its stimulating mix of gifted writers from overseas and some of our most accomplished Burmese authors, cartoonists, translators and artists, has helped to shine a spotlight on the arts and literature in Burma. The next Festival will strengthen existing bonds and encourage yet more creativity between Burma’s writers and those from many other countries. It is also another opportunity for all those who care about literature to enjoy a world-class Festival.” (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi).

First held in 2013 in Rangoon, followed by events in Mandalay in 2014 and 2015, the organisers are now planning the fourth Festival. Ethical sources of funding are sought for this not-for-profit, three-day event. Individuals and institutions who may be interested in providing philanthropic donations or support of a practical nature are invited to contact the Festival at:

Irrawaddy Literary Festival Charitable Trust
Victoria Charity Centre
11 Belgrave Road
London SW1V 1RB