Where Bibliophiles, Cinephiles, and Insta-Addicts Will Soon Unite

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As far as bibliophiles across the city are concerned, the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature needs absolutely no introduction. As for the rest of you? Here’s a little something: it’s the region’s largest celebration of all things literary, kicking off its 11th edition on March 1.

Expected in attendance are over 185 writers from 37 countries, but there’s so much more to look forward to than just books and the talents behind them – think: workshops, themed dinners, film screenings, yoga sessions, poetry readings, children’s activities, and so much more taking place across nine days. Naturally, with this much to navigate, the program can seem a bit overwhelming for a first-timer. That’s why Savoir Flair has stepped in, putting together a list of recommendations on what sessions to attend and why.

1

United by Food

Perfect for: The Proud Foodie

The themed feasts at the festival are always a highlight for culinary enthusiasts. This year, a special dinner will celebrate the stories that are told by our plates – and how strangers sharing a meal can lead to an understanding of what else we share. Hosing this event will be authors Hanan Sayed Worrell, Mohamed Parham Al Awadhi, and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

2

A Yoga Brunch with Mira Manek

Perfect for: The Wellness Seeker

Fitness meets wholesome food as Dubai-based yoga instructor Melanie Swan kicks this event off with a yoga session by the Creek, followed by a brunch featuring vibrant vegetarian recipes from Mira Manek’s cookbook, Saffron Soul.

You’ll also hear more about Manek’s wellness journey and what she has learned along the way – from her struggles with digestive issues to her recovery through healthy eating to her current successes as a published author, host of supper clubs and special retreats, and the founder of Chai by Mira. She will also share what she has learned about spices, and how this can help you lead a healthy life.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

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3

How You Can Change the World

Perfect for: The Budding Philanthropist

It’s only natural to feel guilty and/or utterly helpless as a witness to the humanitarian and environmental crises happening worldwide – the overconsumption of plastic and fast fashion, the horrors of war and famine, and the obstacles to literacy and education for starters.

Shedding some light on all this darkness will be James Owens, founder of charity The World Is Just a Book Away, and Lucy Siegle, a writer and TV presenter who specializes in environmental issues, ethical shopping, and lifestyles. Both of them will be discussing the reality of our situation, what we can do about it as individuals and societies, and why we shouldn’t give up hope just yet.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

4

That's Not How I Pictured It!

Perfect for: The Savvy Cinephile

“The book was better than the movie.” Sound familiar? If this is an argument that you’re always engaging in, this one’s for you. The session of three panelists – including Butheina Kazim, founder of Cinema Akil – will reveal what side they are on in this always-heated debate.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

5

Desert Stanzas

Perfect for: The All-Round Aesthete

Arguably the most romantic and whimsical of all the festival’s regular events, Desert Stanzas is not be missed if you’re someone who appreciates poetry, nature, heritage, or music. This beloved evening of powerful poetry under the stars brings together talented poets from across the world alongside music and traditional Emirati food in a desert camp on the edge of the city. It sells out fast, so act fast.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

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6

Unconventional Journeys

Perfect for: The Travel Junkie

There’s travel – and then there’s adrenaline-spiking adventure. Learn the difference as two writers and adventurers reveal what they’ve uncovered on their travels. Leon McCarron is a  filmmaker, writer, and motivational speaker who believes in the importance of a slower pace to truly understand the world and its people. Malachy Tallack is a writer, editor, and singer-songwriter whose non-fiction books 60 Degrees North and The Un-Discovered Islands blur the line between memoir, history, and nature writing.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

7

Happy Ever After

Perfect for: The Hopeless Romantic

Still on a quest for “the one”? We empathize. This particular session will explore what makes a “happily ever after” in fiction feel real, not contrived, and what science has to say about this elusive concept. On the panel will be YA author Sandhya Menon, author Ty Tashiro of The Science of Happily Ever After fame, and Keith Stuart, whose book Days of Wonder follows the journey of a theater manager and his chronically ill daughter.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

8

Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life

Perfect for: The Instagram Addict

Does this session even need an introduction? Day after day, we’re faced with flawless images on Instagram that prompt reactions ranging from cynicism to fascination and even downright envy. And that’s why this one’s a must-attend for just about anyone who feels inadequate after a quick scroll on social media.

Led by journalist and social media mogul Katherine Ormerod, it will explore how the internet has made us masters of comparison and provide the audience with tools we need to control our own online lives – rather than being controlled by them.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

 

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9

How Women Rise

Perfect for: The Career Girl

It’s no secret that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace – which is where Sally Helgesen comes in. The leadership expert, who has helped thousands of high achievers reach new heights, will identify the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek career progression.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

10

#BalanceForBetter

Perfect for: The Everywoman

If you’re a woman, you ought to attend this session – period. The festival will celebrate International Women’s Day with a panel of extraordinary speakers to discuss the global movement for gender equality. On the roster? Dubai Abulhoul (who was named “Young Arab of the Year” in 2016), Zelda la Grange (a philanthropist and motivational speaker who served as private secretary to Nelson Mandela for over 19 years), HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (a global speaker and EU-licensed observer on humanitarian issues), and more.

For more details or to buy your ticket, click here.

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