Lahore Literary Festival reaches New York


NEW YORK- Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) reaches New York on 12 May for the third time. LLF in New York, part of a three-year partnership with Asia Society, will feature panel discussions with Pakistani writers, artists and opinion leaders, including Ahmed Rashid, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Bapsi Sidhwa, Dr. Azra Raza, Salima Hashmi, Salman Toor, Sarmad Khoosat, Syed Babar Ali, Tahira Naqvi; other speakers include Amin Jaffer, Francis Pritchett, Hugh Eakin, Roger Cohen. It will also feature performances by Zeb and Haniya and qawwali by the Saami Brothers.

This is not the first time that a Pakistani literary festival is taking place abroad. The New York edition is generating keen interest in Pakistan and abroad.

“Don’t miss the amazing Lahore Literary Festival at Asia Society,” Marc-André Franche, country director for the UNDP in Pakistan, posted on Facebook. Experience “ambassadors of culture, analysis and literature, all the good and hope for a better Pakistan!”

Since 2012, LLF has been working for the better representation and revival of Pakistan’s literature and art.

Patrons and friends of LLF in New York include Maleeha Lodhi, Aneela Shah, Nusrat Jamil, Hameed Haroon, Marina and Shaukat Fareed, Nighat and Syed Yawar Ali, Sadia and Osman Waheed, Razak Dawood, Maniza Naqvi, Nasreen and Khurshid Kasuri, Spenta Kandawalla, and Farrokh Captain. These people will be hopefully attending the event also.