KARACHI, Pakistan: The 7th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) will commence at a local hotel from February 5.
The organizers said on Thursday that the KLF brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in diverse languages.
The festival will feature talks, panel discussions, readings, book launches, English and Urdu Mushaira, stand-up comedy, author signings, performing arts, art exhibition, film screenings, separate art strand, music, dance, book fair, literary awards, food court.
Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, and Founder/Director, Karachi Literature Festival said that the Festival has grown rapidly. Attendance rose from roughly 5,000 in 2010 to 1,25,000 in 2015.
She said that the KLF is not merely a local affair. With participants and visitors from all over the country, from all four provinces and all of our major cities, this is truly an all-Pakistan event. More so, with participants from India, UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy, and Austria, it is truly an international event, said Asif Farrukhi, Co-founder of the Karachi Literature Festival.
Ameena Saiyid pointed out that 224 Pakistani and 38 international authors and speakers from seven countries will attend the festival this year.
Pervez Hoodbhoy and Fahmida Riaz will be the keynote speakers at the inauguration. There will be 21 book launches and more than 90 sessions, it was further revealed.
The annual Karachi Literature Festival aimed at promotion of reading, writing, and authors, and of bringing enrichment to people’s minds.
The entry to the event will be free and the timings will be from 10 am to 9:30 pm on 5, 6, and 7 February.
The function will be held at Hotel Beach Luxury.