• Next ILF: 9-11 November 2019

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Planning the 2019 Festival ….

Under the chairmanship of Saya U Nay Oke, plans for the fifth Irrawaddy Literary Festival, which will take place in Mandalay 9-11 November 2019, are well under way. The Festival will once again showcase a wide range of the best of Myanmar’s writers alongside a diverse cohort of international talent.

Birth of the ILF Myanmar Board!

Following a meeting of the international Board of Trustees of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival Charitable Trust and the existing Myanmar ILF organising committee in Yangon on 30 April and 1 May, we are delighted to announce the official establishment of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival Myanmar Board of Trustees with Saya U Nay Oke as chair […]

ILF 2017 by participant Denis Muller

By DENIS MULLER The Myanmar army’s violent displacement of more than three-quarters of a million Muslims in the western state of Rakhine cast a deep shadow over this year’s fourth Irrawaddy Literary Festival held in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, in November. It meant that some international authors boycotted the festival in protest. One of the […]

Planning continues apace for Mandalay, 3-5 November 2017…

With just a few weeks to go before the 4th Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay, 3-5 November, we are pleased to say that another packed programme is coming together. Once again over one hundred Myanmar writers and approximately thirty international writers will share their work, opinions and ideas at the Festival’s open forum.  Sadly, some […]

Celebrating the power of story in Mandalay

MINGALABAR and WELCOME to our latest news with a further update on our plans for this year’s event in November, another feast of engrossing literary and cultural activities for visitors from Myanmar and beyond. TO RECAP, the fourth Irrawaddy Literary Festival will be held at the beautiful Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel,  Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th November 2017.  If you haven’t […]

Registration of the ILF as a Charitable Trust

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival has now 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. The decision to […]