January - Galle Literary Festival

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The Galle Literary Festival is Sri Lanka’s foremost literary festival held annually in January. Founded in 2007, it is an international literary festival held in the historic city of Galle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2016, the festival was announced to be held in Kandy and Jaffna as well. Comprising of over 70 events, the program includes book launches, debates, discussions, plays, concerts, Gourmet dinners and children's events among many others. The festival boasts regular attendance by internationally-acclaimed writers and authors, such as D.J. Taylor, Tom Stoppard, and Kiran Desai. The Galle Literary Festival played its part in the right to free speech by the boycott in 2011 by many respected writers in protest towards the government over issues of attacks on journalists and writers. However, it was in 2013 that the event was not held, due to the illness of its founder, Geoffrey Dobbs. HSBC has been the main sponsor since 2012.