To celebrate 70 years of Pakistan’s creation, Pakistan’s biggest literary event, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) produced by Oxford University Press (OUP), will be launched in London on 20 May 2017 at the Southbank Centre, as part of their annual Alchemy festival. KLF London promises to be a vibrant celebration of Pakistani literature and arts, providing a fantastic opportunity for Londoners to gain an insight into the country’s complex history and culture.
Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts venue which hosts a wide range of cultural events throughout the year. Alchemy celebrates the rich cultural relationship between the UK and South Asia.
KLF London will showcase Pakistan’s contribution to literature and the arts globally. Many notable Pakistani writers, scholars, critics, journalists, and artists will participate. KLF London sessions will cover migration and displacement in novels; geopolitical challenges facing Pakistan; education; gender and patriarchy in Pakistan; challenges faced by Urdu as a national language; and challenges facing diaspora Pakistanis in Europe. An art exhibition and live performances by poets and musicians will also be included.