The third edition of Goa Arts & Literary Festival will be inaugurated on Thursday at Kala Academy in the city at 5 p.m. by writers Mridula Garg and Eunice De Souza.

The chief guest of the evening will be Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo and guests of honour will be Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

The inauguration will be followed by the release of Adi Parva written by Amruta Patil, an award winning graphic novel. It will be released by Vidya Dehejia. The ceremony will be complimented by an exclusive solo performance by noted soprano Patricia Rosario, supported by Mark Troop and Amar Mucchala.

The festival is scheduled to take place over five days from Thursday and will be spread over four locations: International Centre Goa (ICG), Kala Academy, Azad Maidan, and ESG. The 2012 edition of the literary festival would prominently showcase Kashmiri culture.

The organisers said students should take part in the festival.