LAHORE: The organisers of the Lahore Literary Festival which was going to be held in Alhamra Arts Council for 3 days has announced changes in the time and schedule of the event after the deadly blast in Defence Lahore.
The fifth edition of Lahore Literary Festival will now be held on February 25 and 26. The venue of festival has been changed from Lahore Arts Council to Avari Hotel in the wake of DHA blast due to which eight people were killed yesterday.
The Punjab government has given go ahead to the organizers of LLF to hold the event. The LLF media coordinator Benazir Shah said that the festival’s venue has been changed as per Punjab government’s request as there were security risks at Alhamra.
Benazir said prior to the government’s formal request they had already squeezed the three-day festival to two-day event (Saturday and Sunday).
Previously all arrangements were made at Lahore Arts Council, The Mall, LLF on their official twitter handle @lhrlitfest tweeted that ‘we are awaiting a final go ahead from the Govt of Punjab; as of now everything as per the regular course.’ In another tweet LLF ‘we have nothing planned on Friday for public information.’
A formal dinner in honor of guests will be hosted by LLF today (Friday).
As international writers, literary personalities and people of intellect are already in the city or are on their way to attend the LLF, it was difficult to postpone the festival. It is pertinent to mention, some of the international panelists and speakers were already in the country as they participated in Karachi Literary Festival.