OUP holds second Islamabad Literature Festival from 25th


ISLAMABAD: A galaxy of 122 writers would honour the 2nd Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) on April 25, 26, and 27.“After the success of the 1st ILF, the Oxford University Press (OUP) is delighted to announce the 2nd ILF dates and highlights,” OUP Managing Director Ameena Saeed, and the co-founders of the Karachi Literature Festival and the Islamabad Literature Festival Asif Farrukhi said at a press conference on Tuesday.The first ILF, held last year, generated much interest and attracted a great deal of attention among the literary and intellectual communities in the country. People in Islamabad thronged the ILF to meet the authors and participate in over 60 interactive sessions. “Through dialogue and discussion, readings and renderings, ILF intends to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and pluralism in Pakistan’s society is expressed by the authors from traditions both within and beyond the borders of Pakistan. The festival allows these writers to be freely accessible to people in an open and participatory manner,” Ameena said.She highlighted that the 2nd ILF would feature talks/interviews, panel discussions, a mushaira, book fair, book launches, readings, author signings, a theatre play by NAPA, art sessions and exhibition by ‘Art Now’ and ‘My Art World’ and a photo exhibition by the Citizens Archives of Pakistan (CAP). Farrukhi said, “ILF brings together writers and poets and scholars from a diversity of languages, academic disciplines and intellectual traditions to create an opportunity for cultural exchanges through celebration of writing and books.”Over 110 Pakistani authors and poets would grace the festival. Speakers from UK, Italy, India and Bangladesh would also be participating in the ILF. Zehra Nigah, Amer Hussein, and Kishwar Naheed would be the keynote speakers of the event. Some of the prominent speakers at the 2nd ILF would be Amer Hussein, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Abbas Rashid, Afzal Ahmed Syed, Ahmad Fouad, Ali Aftab, Arfa Sayeda, Aslam Saher, Bilal Tanweer, Bina Shah, Babar Ayaz, Fahmida Riaz, Feryal Ali Gauhar, HM Naqvi, Harris Khalique, Humayun Gauhar, Intizar Husain, Jugnu Mohsin, Kamal Azfar, Kishwar Naheed, Kristiane Backer, Luca Olieveri, Madeeha Gauhar, Meenu Gaur, Mehnaz Aziz, Athar Baig, Mosharraf Zaidi, Mujahid Barelvi, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Najam Sethi, Najmuddin Shaikh, Navid Shahzad, Raana Shaikh, Rahat Kazmi, Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Raza Ali Abidi, Riaz H Khokhar, Rob Crilly, Saira Kazmi, Sarmad Khoosat, Sarwat Mohiuddin, Shahid Nadeem, Sheema Kermani, Shobhaa De, Sultana Siddiqui, Taimur Rahman, Zahid Hussain, and Zehra Nigah.The inauguration programme would include a dance performance by Sheema Kermani and dastangoi by Danish Hussain and Darain Shahidi from India and Fawad Khan from NAPA. The proceedings on the second day would commence with ‘Novel kay nayay rung: Readings and conversation with Mirza Athar Baig and Mustansar Hussain Tarar’. The highlights of the third day would include sessions on ‘who owns a language: The challenges of writing fiction in English’and ‘An open page: The publishing scene in South Asia’. Ameena Saeed and Asif Farrukhi invited the people of the twin cities to participate in this festival, where entry is free, and make it successful like the 1st ILF held in 2013.

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