Dhaka Art Summit

Visiting DAS



The fourth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit will be held from February 2 to 10, 2018, at its traditional venue, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh.  

DAS 2016 drew over 138,000 local and 800 international visitors across its four-day duration. Expanding on this success, we have extended DAS 2018’s programme to nine-days, each filled with exhibitions, film screenings, performances, guided tours, and children’s workshops, bookended by our highly anticipated opening and closing weekend programmes.

Opening Celebration Weekend (February 2–4)

Closing Scholars’ Weekend (February 8–10)

For full programme details, click here.

The Dhaka Art Summit is free to the public, ticketless, and requires no registration to attend. 

The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is located at
14/3 Segunbagicha, Segun Bagicha Rd, Dhaka, Bangladesh



This year's hospitality lounge, comes to DAS 2018 courtesy of the BMW Group.  The lounge will be open daily throughout DAS's 9-day programme, serving a variety of refreshments and hosting a programme of talks and panel discussions that draw on the themes explored across DAS's programme, some of which will also be presented in Bangla.  

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The Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is approximately 17km from the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and is served by numerous international and domestic airlines.  Flight options from most international destinations are easily searchable through popular travel sites and travel search engines.

DAS 2018’s Official Airline Partner is Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon:



The Bangladeshi Government provides a visa-on-arrival (VOA) service for citizens of the following countries:

United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia and all European countries

If applying for a VOA, you will need to provide a photocopy of your passport, two passport size photographs, a printed copy of your hotel reservation (including a full address and contact number), a copy of your return flight ticket and a completed arrival card and visa application: copies can be obtained on arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.  The VOA fee is approximately $52 USD and must be paid in cash (debit and credit cards are NOT accepted).

For more detailed information about Bangladesh’s visa policy, go to the VisitBangladesh website or contact your national Bangladeshi consulate directly. 


The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is in the Segun Bagicha district of Dhaka city.  Suitable hotels can be found through popular travel sites and hotel search engines. 

DAS 2018’s Official Hospitality Partner is Pan Pacific.  Special rates apply for DAS visitors, to book, click the link below, download, complete and return to the email address detailed on the form:



For further hotel options for various budgets , please contact: vip@dhakaartsummit.org


The official currency in Bangladesh is the Taka: known as Bangladeshi Taka or BDT.  The Taka is a restricted currency and you will only be able to obtain cash currency on your arrival into Bangladesh. Taking money out at an ATM is the quickest and easiest means of currency exchange, but don’t forget to tell your bank that you are travelling before you leave. 


The Dhaka Art Summit takes place during Bangladesh’s cooler season when temperatures are around 21°c and the weather is mostly dry. 

If you are wishing to visit DAS 2018 and require further assistance, please email info@dhakaartsummit.org

If you are press wishing to visit DAS 2018, please email us at press@dhakaartsummit.org to register your interest