All set to celebrate Mother Language Day at Lok Virsa today

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Pakistan Mother Languages Literature Festival, organsied by Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) in collaboration with Lok Virsa and Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) is staring here at Lok Virsa Saturday (today).
The two-day festival will also coincide with the International Mother Language Day on 21 February. The day is declared an international day by UNESCO. More than 150 writers from over 15 Pakistani mother languages will participate in the event as speakers and moderators.
The festival aims at promoting Pakistan’s linguistic and cultural diversity as an instrument of social harmony, peace and tolerance; and, encouraging reading culture in mother languages. The festival will be an occasion to showcase a wide range of literary works in these languages.
The two-day festival has various attractions, which include an opening and closing ceremony, mother languages mushaira, multi-lingual music evening, simultaneous discussions and showing of various literary genres, launching of books in mother languages, screening of documentaries, films and multi-lingual book festival. Separate exhibition of original books in these languages and their translated versions in Urdu and English have been arranged. It includes activities to introduce young children to the potential of these languages.
The event will be a great networking, exchange and learning opportunity for the writers from all over the country. In addition to this, the festival will provide a space for informal interaction with writers and book signing. A mobile library will also be set up by USAID Funded Pakistan Reading Project, which is the lead sponsor of the festival.
Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) is a non-profit group of volunteers based in Islamabad. It believes in promoting and celebrating Pakistan’s linguistic and cultural diversity. As its name entails, ICF believes in all cultures associated with Indus civilization, from Kashmir to Karachi.