Islamabad set to host 6th literature festival in September


National, international literary luminaries to participate in 3-day event
Zubair Qureshi

The Federal Capital is all set to host the 6th Literature Festival on Sept 27, 28, and 29. This was announced by Managing Director, Oxford University Press (OUP), Arshad Saeed Husain while addressing a press conference Wednesday.
He said over 160 speakers and authors from Pakistan, UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia, and Sri Lanka would come to add their valuable contribution to the event.
There will be around 55 sessions, featuring talks, interviews, panel discussions, Urdu and English mushaira, sessions on Pashto and Punjabi writings, readings, author signings, performing arts, and documentary screenings. Moreover, around 8 book launches are planned this year which will be a highlight for book lovers.
The ILF organisers, Oxford University Press (OUP), also announced the names of the Advisory Board members of the ILF: Muneeza Shamsie, Harris Khalique, Iftikhar Arif, Mujahid Barelvi, Salman Tarik Kureshi, and Tahmina Aziz Ayub.
“The 6th edition of ILF will be a treat in terms of not only literary works and poetry, but also because of fine arts, culture, and performing arts that will be showcased in it,” said Arshad Saeed Husain.
Over the years, ILF has successfully provided an accessible intellectual space to the citizens of Pakistan. I believe that our society is moving forward at a rapid pace and to keep up with it, this year’s festival has the theme ‘The Focus is Tomorrow: Reflecting on the Past’ that will explore emerging trends, new concepts, and the impact of social media and technology on books, literature, publishing, reading, and our lives in general.”
Literary critic, Muneeza Shamsie said the 6th ILF was going to be a great milestone for our literary heritage.