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10th Karachi Literature Festival to be held in March

Karachiites on 1, 2, and 3 March 2019 will celebrate KLF’s ten successful years of being the leading literary festival of the city

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Gear up literati! The much awaited event of the year, Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), has been announced. This year’s edition of the much-needed intellectual and cultural treat is going to be a special Ten Year Celebration of the event.

Karachiites on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd March 2019 will celebrate KLF’s ten successful years of being the leading literary festival of the city at the Beach Luxury Hotel.

The KLF organisers, Oxford Unversity Press (OUP), have announced the names of the Advisory Board members who will be part of the 10th edition of the festival. The Advisory Board comprises prominent writers, poets, and literary figures including Muneeza Shamsie, Bina Shah, Iftikhar Arif, Ahmed Shah, Mujahid Barelvi, Salman Tariq Qureshi, and Michael Houlgate (Director Sindh and Balochistan, British Council).

“For the 10th edition of KLF, we have created an Advisory Board comprising personalities from different literary fields in order to embrace diversity and inclusion in the society”, Managing Director of OUP, Arshad Saeed said while sharing his views about the upcoming festival.

The 10th KLF will feature not only literary works and poetry, but also the fine arts, culture, and the performing arts.

Following its ten-year tradition, the festival will have free entry and will be accessible to people in an open and participatory manner. It will include vibrant literary sessions, panel discussions, talks, readings, interviews, book launches, Urdu mushaira, English poetry readings, film screenings, performing arts, and book fair. And, as usual, there will be the pleasure of Baatein Mulaqatein with leading intellectual figures and among all those who attend.

This year, KLF will have the overarching theme ‘The Focus is Tomorrow’. It will explore emerging trends, new concepts, and the impact of social media and technology on books, literature, publishing, reading, and our lives in general. The KLF Urdu Literature Prize for 2019 sponsored by Infaq Foundation will be awarded at the inauguration ceremony of the Festival.”

The first Karachi Literature Festival kicked off in 2010 and drew over 5,000 visitors. Continuing the heritage of the literary event, OUP expects a footfall of more than 200,000 at this year’s KLF.

the authorSamra Mazhar

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