ILF kicks off today

ISLAMABAD: The second Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) is being held here today (Friday) to be participated by different writers and intellectuals.  The three-day event would feature different sessions including talks/interviews, panel discussions, dance recital, book fair, book launches, readings, author signings, art sessions.The ILF is being organized by Oxford University Press following the tradition of the first ILF that was held last year. Today’s inaugural session will be addressed by ILF key note speakers Zehra Nigah and Aamer Hussein while OUP MD and ILF founder Ameena Saiyid along with Asif Farrukhi will share the details of ILF with the audience followed by a dance performance by Sheema Kermani and Dastangoi by Danish Husain and Darain Shahidi from India and Fawad Khan and Nazrul Hasan from NAPA.The proceedings on the second day will commence with ‘Novel kay Nayay Rung: Readings and Conversation with Mirza Athar Baig and Mustansar Hussain Tarar’. This will be followed by a conversation with Shobhaa De; ‘Jis Tarah Sookhay Huay Phool Kitabon main Milay: Faraz ko Yaad Karnay kay Bahanaey’; a discussion on ‘Afghanistan: The Next Chapter’. ‘Poetry from a Troubled Land: Pashto Poetry with Translations’; ‘Politics, History and Mythology in South Asian English Poetry’; ‘Shayer e Awam: Habib Jalib’; ‘Arz-e-Shumaal: Poetic Voices from Gilgit-Baltistan’; ‘Shaam ka Pehla Tara: In Conversation with Zehra Nigah’; and ‘Akhbaar say Radio tak: In Conversation with Raza Ali Abidi’ will be some of the notable sessions on this day. The day will end with a Mushaira.

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