2014 is a key year for Turkey's EU accession negotiations

Turkey wants to join the EU as soon as possible and is committed to remaining as a secular republic. Investment opportunities are rife and Turkey is on a drive to complete major infrastructure projects by 2023. These were some of the comments by Turkish Ambassador to the UK HE Ünal Çeviköz.

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Cracking Up – The Evolution of British Asian Humour

The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival takes a look at British Asian humour, its development as a mark of cultural identity and how it has evolved since Goodness Gracious Me.

Friday 9 May

18.45 - 20.00

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India's Contribution to the Great War

In this centenary of WWI, join us for a fascinating talk by Lord Parekh on India's largely overlooked contribution to the Great War.

Followed by canape reception

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Wednesday 21 May

18.45 - 20.00

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival Closing Night

Opening Night

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

Hanif Kureishi will be speaking about his latest and much-talked-about novel The Last Word with Razia Iqbal, BBC Special Correspondent and presenter of Talking Books.

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Tuesday 6 May 2014

18.45 - 20.00

Hani Kureishi - The Last Word

Asia House Literature Festival has plenty to engage youth

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The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival has launched an extensive Youth Engagement programme for 2014 at schools and libraries in London and the Midlands.

New Frontiers in China Trade and Investment

Join Asia House, in partnership with the CBBC, for an event on Chinese investment in Asia. We will look at the opportunities that international companies are having partnering with Chinese companies in the region and how China’s development is opening new and exciting markets.

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Monday 19 May

09.00 - 12.00

With Keynote Speaker Gordon Orr, Chairman, McKinsey Asia

'Modi is trying to give the impression he is a magician'

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Veteran BBC India correspondent and celebrated author Sir Mark Tully KBE speaks with Asia House Web Editor Naomi Canton, analysing how the world’s biggest general election might unfold in the next few weeks.

The Vietnamese Market Cookbook

Join us for a talk, demonstration and lunchtime tasting of one of the world’s up and coming great cuisines with the creators of BanhMi11, whose award winning street food can be found at their shops, food stalls and pop-up diners across east and central London.

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Friday 16 May

12.00 - 14.00

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

'Narendra Modi is splitting India wide open' - Delhi editor

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The biggest elections in the world are taking place in India. Approximately 814m people will vote in the Indian general election. The executive editor of Indian broadsheet newspaper Millennium Post Daipayan Halder shares his views on the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition party.

HE Mr Sungnam Lim, South Korean Ambassador and Samir Brikho, CEO of AMEC

An exclusive briefing for Asia House Corporate Members to discuss the current geopolitical, economic and investment climate in South Korea, as well as the EU –Korea FTA, the EU's first comprehensive trade deal with an Asian country.

Tuesday 29 April

08.00 for 08.30 - 09.30

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Top: HE Mr Sungnam Lim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
Left: Samir Brikho, CEO, AMEC

Why Do Indians Vote?

Democracy in India

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

A wide-ranging exploration of the world’s largest democracy, what motivates its citizens to vote, what democracy means to them and the issues of the Indian election scheduled to take place around this time.

Wednesday 30 April

18.45 - 20.00

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John Keay – Midnight’s Descendants

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

Midnight’s Descendants: South Asia from Partition to the Present Day is the first history of the region as a whole. Correlating and contrasting the fortunes of all the constituent nations over the last six decades, Keay will share unique insights into one of the world’s most dynamic regions.

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Wednesday 14 May

18.30 - 20.00

Brigid Keenan - Packing up - Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse

The author of Diplomatic Baggage takes us on another wildly funny tour through her life in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Palestine and back home to retirement, which could be her biggest challenge yet.

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Friday 9 May

12.30 Lunch 13.00 Talk

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

New Pan-Asian Fiction

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

A special preview of three new novels before they are published. Guo is one of Granta’s 2013 Best Young Authors. Her new novel, I Am China, is the story of young lovers separated during the Jasmine Revolution.

Tuesday 20 May

18.45 - 20.00

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Free Saturday Family Events

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

EXPLORE…IMAGINE…CREATE…CONNECT

Storytelling, theatre, poetry, origami, music and tai chi will take children on a journey to other cultures, inspiring young imaginations.

Saturday 10 and 17 May

All Day and Free

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Brave New Worlds

Digital Freedom in East Asia

Have developments in digital technology brought a greater freedom of communication for writers in Asia or do they now face restrictions in new forms?

Thursday 15 May

18.45 - 20.00

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    We see the future of Turkey as being a full member of the EU, says the Turkish Ambassador to the UK.

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    Mukulika Banerjee, Patrick French, Lord Meghnad Desai and Salil Tripathi discuss why India votes.

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    Opening Night of the Literature Festival with author Hanif Kureishi and the BBC’s Razia Iqbal.

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