As the 9th edition of the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) kicks off, our reporter Minerva Tahir updates us live from the venue.
The KLF haas been a yearly affair for the past nine years.
Like every year, the event offers a wide variety of panelists. The three-day festival will end on Sunday.
As per custom, the festival offers book launches and mushairas as well as panel discussions on a variety of topics. Moreover, there will be the usual book fair, author signings and food court.
New features have been added to the festival this year: an open mic and a speakers corner. This year’s KLF features around 76 sessions with 235 speakers and/or performers.
Today, the event will open with welcome speeches by Ameena Saiyid, Asif Farrukhi and Adrian Mellor, followed by speeches of festival sponsors.
An awards ceremony of KLF-Pepsi (Non-Fiction), KLF-Getz Pharma (Fiction), and KLF-Infaq Foundation (Urdu Literature) Prizes will then be held, followed by keynote speeches by Francis Robinson and Noorul Huda Shah. Shayma Saiyid will then deliver a Kathak performance.
Story first published: 9th February 2018