Enthusiasts and organizers gather at Karachi Literature Festival

Having already held and wrapped up a mega food, fashion and film festivals in the city of lights, the citizens of Karachi went on their profound intellectual pursuit for one of its most popular events of the year – Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). The event was held on Friday, February 10, 2017, and continued till Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Beach Luxury Hotel.



Photo credits: Sadiya Azhar


The event has received widespread recognition and ever-growing popularity. This time around nearly 200,000 showed up in their support of promoting the culture of literature.

Around 136 Pakistani and 40 international authors and speakers from ten countries are participating in the festival. Mustansar Hussain Tarar and Ayesha Jalal were the keynote speakers at the inauguration.

“The KLF is held to celebrate the rich, ancient, and diverse cultures and literature of Pakistan so that they flourish, bloom and make an impact by becoming accessible to a wider public”. These thoughts were expressed by Ms. Ameena Saiyid OBE, Managing Director, Oxford University Press (OUP), and Founder/Director, Karachi Literature Festival, and Co-founder, Children’s Literature Festival at the inauguration ceremony of the 8 Karachi Literature Festival at Beach Luxury Hotel


There are 18 book launches and more than 70 sessions. A vibrant programme, encapsulating talks, panel discussions, readings, book launches, English and Urdu mushaira, stand-up comedy, author signings, performing arts, art exhibition, film screenings, art strand, book fair, literary awards, and a food court, has been lined up for the festival.

The conclusion of the first day of KLF-2017 was done by a captivating ‘Kathak’ performance by Shayma Saiyid.

The most talked about session of day two was Phool Aur Shabnam hosted by the famous Bushra Ansari in the honor of Jharna Basak, better known by her stage name Shabnam, the famous Lollywood legendary artist. She last visited Pakistan in 2012 along with her husband where they both got the lifetime achievement award from the government of Pakistan. She was so delighted and overwhelmed by the response and love she received from her Pakistani fans.


Around 200,000 people attended KLF this year which was an achievement unlocked for the whole KLF team. Ameena Saiyid Managing Director, Oxford University Press, and Founder/Director, Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals, in her closing ceremony speech, thanked everyone for contributing towards the success of this event. She specifically thanked all the speakers and performers who set the underlying theme of the Festival. “Whether you have traveled all the way from Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Bangladesh, the UK, US, India, or Maldives, or other parts of Pakistan; or you have commuted from somewhere within this Karachi: thank you for being here to inspire and enlighten all of us”, she said.

One response to “Enthusiasts and organizers gather at Karachi Literature Festival

  1. This must be promoted and should happen in every city. Literature needs preservation in an age where reading is scarce and particularly in a place like Pakistan where literature and its impact is diminishing. Very well written !

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