The festival
'unheard voices'
'known lands'

The second edition of Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters ( will be held from Jan 31-Feb 3, 2019 at Kanakakkunnu Palace in the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, with over 300 speakers from all across the world.

Held under the theme "Known Lands; Unheard Voices", the festival will have a strong field of speakers from Europe, the US, West Indies, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
MBIFL '19 will have a large contingent of close to 50 foreign speakers who include poets, novelists, academics, graphic novelists, filmmakers and journalists. There are over 100 speakers from Kerala in addition to the leading Indian writers in English and other languages.

The keynote speakers of the festival include Dr Shashi Tharoor and Prof Germaine Greer while award-winning Iraqi novelist Shahad Al Rawi and journalist and author Joumana Haddad, one of the '100 powerful Arab women' and well-known Sri Lankan writer Shyam Selvadurai are part of the eclectic list of speakers.

Even though the festival strives to create a platform for discourses and a confluence of minds, the underlining aspect of the festival is literature and its various forms, and the voices that have not been heard here before.

Celebrated as the greatest literary fest in South India, Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters is an event where one can experience a disparate flavour of literature in Kerala.

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Culture and literature must be celebrated. It indicates the progress of a society

Sarah Joseph

Writings and writers are isolated in the contemporary society. In such a scenario, this literary fest gives opportunities to meet other writers, get inspired and understand the importance of literature in the society

NS Madhavan

This literary fest is significant in this period when fascism, religious fundamentalism and superstitions dominate.

Santhosh Echikkanam

Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters to be held at Thiruvananthapuram is expected to be a major cultural event.

M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Mathrubhumi Festival of Letters is purification of minds during an era of the fanatic people emit highly frenzied words and language.


MBIFL is confluence of ideas and concepts that erases the limits of boundaries.


Mathrubhumi Festival of Letters will be a platform to convey the importance of language and literature to the youth and students.

M. N. Karassery

This a time of changes in all aspects. The topics that deeply influence the general public are widely discussed nowadays. I expect that MBIFL will be such a great experience in that sense.


Mega evening



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Posted by Mathrubhumi International Festival Of Letters on Saturday, 19 January 2019

How to Reach

Distance To Venue
Thiruvananthapuram Airport - 6.4 km :: Cochin International Airport - 180.1 km :: Trivandrum Central Railway Station - 4.1 km ::
Kochuveli Railway Station - 8.5 km :: Tvm Pettah Railway Station - 4.2 km :: Thampanur Bus Stand - 3.2 km