Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi present

Adab Festival Pakistan

Karachi: 31 January, 1 and 2 February 2020

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We are no longer using the name 'Pakistan Literature Festival' because Oxford University Press has filed legal proceedings against us temporarily restraining us from using this name for such a festival. We are rigorously contesting such legal proceedings but since there is no legal restraint against us holding literature festivals, we have decided to hold it in the name of the Adab Festival Pakistan (Adab Fest).

Pakistan’s historically rich and diverse literatures and cultures have long been facing challenges, resulting in stifled diversity of expression and in stereotypes we sometimes internalize. We launched of our free, open-to-all festival on 1, 2, 3 February 2019 in Karachi, to celebrate writers and artists. Please mark your calendars for next year's Adab Fest in Karachi to be held on 31 January, 1 and 2 February.

We celebrate literature in diverse Pakistani languages, launch books, feature talks, interviews, discussions, mushairah / poetry sessions, a book fair, music, dance, theatre, comedy/satire, and film. We feature over a hundred Pakistani and international authors, and an audience of around 200,000 from the widest cross-section of society to celebrate not just ideas, debate, and creativity, but also community and public space.