Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Tickets on General Sale

Tuesday, 24 January, 2012

Tickets for the 2012 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature are now on sale at tickets.emirateslitfest.com or from WHSmith, Oasis Centre (ground floor) Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

The Festival will be held in Dubai between the 6-10 March 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.

The inimitable Terry Wogan headlines Opening Night on 6 March. Terry will be joined by a stellar cast of poets from around the globe at the magnificent theatre of the Cultural and Scientific Association, Al Mamzar. This is followed by Heritage Night, with David Nicholls and Mourid Barghouti, at a specially constructed Heritage Venue at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai. In the following days, visitors can enjoy literary discussions, panel debates, masterclasses, workshops and readings as well as experience the Fringe and children’s events. There are cookery demonstrations and even a Literary Lunch and Tea.

The Festival will welcome some 115 authors, writers and speakers from 25 countries to participate in the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, which brings people of all ages, nationalities and background together to promote education, debate and a love of reading and writing in a celebratory and enjoyable way. It is expected that more than 30,000 visitors will attend sessions at this fourth edition of LitFest which has become an eagerly anticipated annual event.

The full author line-up, programme and tickets are available online at www.emirateslitfest.com. The Festival operates a dedicated membership scheme called Festival Friends which offers discounts on tickets as well as benefit packages. Details online.

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For more information please contact:

Christina Bruce, Head of Communications, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Christina.bruce@emirateslitfest.com +9714 353 4002

Mohammed Barghouthi, Communications Manager, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Mohammed.barghouthi@emirateslitfest.com +9714 353 4002

About Emirates

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and has received more than 400 international awards for excellence. Emirates now flies to114 destinations in 67 countries. The airline reported a net profit of US$1.5 billion for the last fiscal year. Emirates operates 159 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and has orders for an additional 192 aircraft, worth more than US$66 billion.

About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world. The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. These include:

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards: The first of its kind initiative in the Arab world honouring individuals and organisations who have made financial or in kind contributions through sustained support to visual arts, performing arts, literature and film in the region.

Sikka Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE.

Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE.

Dubai Next: To encourage and sponsor initiatives that contribute actively to the development of the cultural events and activities in Dubai. Recently, Dubai Culture showcased Dubai's aspirations in culture to an international audience at one of the world's most prestigious platforms, the Art Basel 39 art fair.

The Holy Lands: A collaboration with the unique and creatively rich Reiss Engelhorn Museen of Mannheim to bring an exclusive collection of never before exhibited rare photographs to the region and more specifically Dubai.

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