In the recent years, literary festivals have become the talk of the town and gained much popularity. In a country like Pakistan, where people mostly discuss about talk shows or programs on the media, introduction of these literary festivals have played a fundamental role. These Pakistani festivals hold a significance as they are not only academic but are also related to book launches leading to healthy productive discussions, music, dance performances, poetry recitals that bring together a huge chunk of traditional, cultural and literature into one big package. These festivals are attended by thousands of people every year and are held for up to three days.

You will find a list of literary festivals in this piece of article.

Children’s Literature Festival
Children’s Literature Festival also known as CLF. Their main goal is to expand the culture of reading among the children of Pakistan. It is not only about reading but bringing cultural and traditional initiatives, it is of reading for imagination, creativity beyond textbooks or tests. They have different programs that don’t only revolve around reading but also art. This literature festival is not only limited to children, but they have teachers’ literary festival too. Recently, children’s literature festival brought up, yet another amazing initiative known as Pakistan Learning Festival which was held in Abbottabad on 12th and the 13th of March.

Mother Languages Festival
This is a three-day festival which promotes cultural diversity and encourages the institutions to safeguard these languages of Pakistan. The main idea of this festival is to highlight the issues some minorities must face daily while they speak their local languages. Apart from this, several books launch also take place in this festival. A discussion panel is also there with several young poets who recite poems in different sets of languages. Every year, this festival brings around various attractions from across Pakistan.

Hyderabad Literature Festival
Hyderabad Literature Festival is held annually. It is basically designed to promote literature and is organised by Academy for Promotion of Art, Literature and Literacy (APAL). This year’s theme was all set to be around ‘saving the environment’. Thousands of people attend this literature festival every year.

Lahore Literary Festival
Lahore Literary Festival also known as LLF has gained a lot of attraction and popularity since a past few years. It explores around literature to social to economic to cultural to art. This festival brings out many people together to discuss and celebrate literary traditions, arts activism and traditions of Lahore. Thousands of people come to this festival each year.

Karachi Literature Festival
Karachi Literature Festival is held every year and is also known as KLF. Karachi Literature Festival helps in promoting artistic impression in Pakistan, represent cultural diversity through different sets of languages, bringing out traditions and celebrate writings, art and publications.

Sindh Literature Festival
Sindh Literature Festival also known as SLF, was held on the 18th of March 2022, at the Arts Council of Karachi and it was a three-day festival. This event brings out the promotion of literature, music, dance and media. This three-day festival has sessions held in the languages of Urdu and Sindhi.

Islamabad Literature Festival
Islamabad Literature Festival which is also called ILF was first launched back in 2013 and since then it has been a huge success story. This festival features the most renowned and prominent guest speakers, poets, authors, scholars, literary figures from all over Pakistan. There are book launches, debates sessions, poetry recitals and literary lectures in this three-day event.

Adab Festival Pakistan
This is a free, open to all three-day festival which celebrates artists and writers, literature in Pakistani languages, launching of the books, interviews and discussions. Adab Festival feature over more than a hundred international and Pakistani authors. The main objective behind this festival is to focus on the issues that many Pakistani artists face in Pakistan. Adab provides a safe platform for the exchange of ideas and free speech. Moreover, it also features series of different activities such as book launches, film screenings, interviews and much more.

It is of no wonder that these festivals have gained a lot of significance and importance in Pakistan in a very short time span. It is a great place to network and connect with readers but also gives you a chance to connect with authors and scholars, to their words and ideas. Hence, these festivals should be an important part of our society as it helps to celebrate and market books and offer us a platform where we all can share our sets of ideas or thoughts and a free space for healthy public debate.

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Natasha Irshad holds a degree in Marketing & Management from University of London. She is interested in writing about education and pop culture.

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