Emirates took literature buffs on a journey of a lifetime, as they pondered the infinite possibilities of changing the past, or the future, through time travel, in an intimate satelite session hosted by the airlines along with celebrated author Toshikazuo Kawaguchi during the first weekend of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature at its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion.
The airline is providing unique opportunities for literary lovers at the Literature Festival to be able to meet with diverse authors, open conversations and nurture vibrant discussions with the power of storytelling.
Kawaguchi, known world-wide for his award-winning play turned bestseller, Before the Coffee Gets Cold, shared some moments with the audience at the Emirates pavilion and how he could change the past, if he could travel back in time, reiterating that whether one returns to the past or travel in the future - the present will always stay the same.
Kawaguchi then toured the Emirates pavilion, and took a glimpse at how commercial aviation will evolve 50 years in the future, in 2071, exploring concepts such as sustainable propulsion systems, experimented with airframes made of advanced composites, and veered into the ultra-modern cabins of the future.
Kawaguchi also toured the Japan pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Toshikazuo Kawaguchi said: "When I started creating stories, I hoped that the stories I created would reach the hearts and minds of people living 30 years from then. I also hoped that the stories I created would reach not only to Japanese people but also people around the world. Now, I am very happy to be invited to Dubai by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to participate in the World Expo in Dubai, where people from all over the world gather. As a novelist, I am happy to have created this work and that it has reached the hearts of the Arab world. It was a great encouragement to me."
Emirates has been the title sponsor of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature since its inception back in 2009, and through its steadfast and strategic support, the event has grown to become one of the most popular on Dubai’s event calendar, and one of the most sought after on the global literary stage.
The Festival has helped the airline to create opportunities that enhance the vibrancy of Dubai as a cultural hub, and foster greater cultural understanding.
Since 2009, Emirates has carried close to 1,400 authors from over 70 countries, enabling the festival to showcase a diverse line-up of inspiring talks, sessions, workshops and performances featuring some of the best authors, thinkers, writers and performers from around the world.
News Source: Dubai Media Agency