Culture & Lifestyle / Lahore Literary Festival Slated For Debut At The British Museum

Lahore Literary Festival Slated For Debut At The British Museum

Culture & Lifestyle Oct 20, 2016

If you thrive on pop culture, visual arts, books, and great ideas; this festival is for you.

Prepare to celebrate the best of Pakistani culture, literature, and some of the country's greatest thinkers.

The Lahore Literary Festival taking place on October 29th will build on promoting cultural diversity and bringing together artists from Pakistan, Britain, India and Turkey. 

Pakistani literature has gained international interest over the years, but Lahore has always had the eyes of artists and creative writers, like the works of British author Rudyard Kipling

The Lahore Literary Festival  is a celebration of liberal thought and inquiry
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“We are proud to feature some of the Pakistan’s finest thinkers and voices in London," says Razi Ahmed, LLF founder and chief executive.

"To engage with the wider world, across disciplines and borders, to discuss and celebrate tolerance, diversity, and even dissent, in a daylong program of high-octane sessions capped by the inimitable elegance of Zia Mohyeddin’s masterful oratory.”

“LLF in London highlights the intellectual curiosity, confidence and openness that are the hallmarks of Lahore’s longstanding traditions," says Ahmed.  

Nusrat Jamil, Ahmed Rashid, Anila Salman Shah, Dr Maleeha Lodhi and Razi Ahmed (CEO and Founder of LLF)
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Scheduled panelists for LLF in London include artists Faiza Butt, former Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, filmmaker and actor Sarmad Khoosat, columnist and art historian F. S. Aijazuddin, Kashmiri writer Mirza Waheed.

Other panelists include Turkey’s best-selling fiction writer Elif Shafak, Christies’ director Dr. Amin Jaffer, Chatham House’s Dr. Robin Niblett, author Ziauddin Sardar, Kipling biographer Andrew Lycett, and more.

Pakistan's legendary icon, the late Abdul Sattar Edhi, will be honoured and celebrated at the festival
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Writer Tehmina Durrani will be highlighting the trials and tribulations of one of the greatest humanitarians, Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Durrani will give insight into the autobiography of Edhi, A Mirror to the Blind, which follows the journey of the "Father Teresa" of Pakistan.

Pakistani Actor, Mohyeddin will be breathing life into the written words of renowned poets like Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Taufiq Rafat.

Sarmad Khoosat, Hina Rabbani Khar, Zia Mohyeddin
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Notable celebrities like Khoosat who alongside indian actress Pooja Bhatt, will explore cultural narratives.

Politicians like Rabbani Khar will have debates on several complex issues.

British writers, Sardar, Nesrine Malik, and Shiraz Mahar will discuss religion, and businesswoman Seema Aziz will discuss education in Pakistan.

Apart from these and many more critically acclaimed faces, unique Turkish novelist Shafak, will also be taking part in the festival.

Elif Shafak, Ziauddin Sardar, Pooja Bhatt
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Earlier last year, the LLF  was in New York for its first international edition and BBC described the event as: “A celebration of a Pakistan open and engaged with the many ideas of many worlds.”

LLF's founder and ceo Ahmed told the British Council: “Lahore Literary Festival in London will celebrate the syncretism of Lahore, of its thriving visual arts and popular culture, of books and big ideas.

“But more importantly it will underscore the curiosity, confidence and openness of our culture and traditions to engage with the wider world.”

You can buy your Lahore Literary Festival tickets here.

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