HLF 2017 to showcase Filipino literature and culture

A rich fare of Filipino literature, art, and culture is in the offing at the next edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival. Philippines will be the Guest Nation at the seventh edition of the HLF to be held from 27-29 Jan 2017 at The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet.

A thirteen-member strong delegation of writers, artistes, and academics led by Prof Vim Nadera, Director of the Philippines International Literary Festival and a UNESCO Fellow, will participate in panel discussions and readings, give lecture demonstrations, conduct workshops, and present a cultural programme at the festival. Besides, the Ambassador of the Philippines in India is being invited to inaugurate the Filipino events at the festival.


English and Filipino are the joint official languages of the Philippines, and 19 other languages are recognized as the official auxiliary languages. In addition, the country has between 120-175 languages with a rich history of oral

literature. The Filipino writers and artistes will present the rich mosaic of art and culture of the archipelago of over 7000 islands. The island nation’s pre-Hispanic history, it’s Spanish and American colonial experience and its post-independence efforts at nation building will be highlighted in the panel discussions.The workshops and stage talks will explore themes like ‘Fiction as Film, Film as Fiction’, ‘Transcreation and Theatre’, and ‘From Page to Stage’. The cultural programme on the other hand will comprise Pangalay Dance, Music and Performance Poetry.
                                             FILIPINO CULTURAL EVENING

Pangalay is the traditional “fingernail” dance of the Tausūg people of the Sulu Archipelago and Sabah. The dance also means offering from its Sanskrit origin pang-alay and is very similar to the classical Balinese and Thai dances. The dance is the most distinctively Asian of all the southern Philippine dances because dancers must have dexterity and flexibility of the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The Pangalay is predominantly performed during weddings or other festive events.
As always, this 7th edition of HLF is open and free for all.


-- Press Release