Soneva brings literary festival to Maldives capital

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Soneva Fushi will host a one-day event in Malé next Wednesday (18 May) as part of the iconic Jaipur Literary Festival underway at the resort.

Hosted at the Salt Café on the capital’s northern waterfront, the festival day will feature conversations with prominent authors Shobhaa De and Marcus du Sautoy followed by question and answer sessions and book signings for attendees.

In her talk ‘Fiction, Faction and the Spaces in Between’, Shobhaa De, one of India’s best-known novelists, will discuss the many spaces she inhabits as writer, the ability to balance and flourish in each. Master mathematician Marcus du Sautoy will discuss artificial intelligence, intuition, the creative process and its connection to mathematics.

Renowned local architect Mauroof Jameel, illustrator Zaahie Saeed, and writer Ahmed Mauroof Jameel will also speak at the event, which will be capped off with live performances by Ammadey, Igyan Rafeeu, Shamoon Mohamed, and Ahnaf Ibrahim, a group of local musicians curated by Fannuge Dharin (Talent Gathering), a local organisation that provides a platform for Maldivian artists.

“We are delighted to be hosting part of JLF in Malé and we hope that people living in the capital can enjoy participating in this exciting festival of culture, music and literature,” said Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and co-founder of Soneva.

‘’We are excited to bring a version of the world’s biggest literary event to Maldives with JLF Soneva Fushi, which explores diversity and creates a platform to celebrate world literature and commonality,” said Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, the producer of iconic Jaipur Literature Festival and the international extensions of JLF.

Soneva Fushi is hosting the first international edition of JLF to take place in the Maldives. The 10-day festival kicked off on Friday (13 May) with a star-studded lineup of bestselling authors along with world-renowned filmmakers, artists and diplomats, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Elif Shafak, Mira Nair, Peter Frankopan, Roger Highfield, Vikas Swarup, Francesca Cartier Brickell, Huma Abedin and Andre Aciman. 

“A truly bespoke experience, JLF Soneva Fushi will feature morning yoga sessions, stimulating workshops, delectable international cuisine and jaw-dropping sunsets against a languorous blue sea,” according to Soneva, which described the festival as “an opportunity to reconnect with the joys of live performances of art, music and literature on the idyllic island of Kunfunadhoo in the beautiful Baa Atoll.”

Mauroof Jameel

Zaahie Saeed