The Karachi Literature Festival heads to London to celebrate Pakistan's 70th birthday

The Karachi Literature Festival heads to London to celebrate Pakistan's 70th birthday

Abida Parveen and Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop will also be performing at the Alchemy festival.
Updated 29 Apr, 2017

This just in: The KLF is en route London for the 8th annual Alchemy Festival!

The famous literature festival will take place at Southbank Centre on 20th May in celebration of Pakistan's 70th birthday, states KLF's website.

Mohammed Hanif will kickstart the event with unique insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes, and dilemmas. The extensive list of speakers includes designer Maheen Khan, writers Kamila Shamsie and H M Naqvi, PPP member Sherry Rehman, actor Nimra Bucha, among others.

Khumariyaan, Saif Samejo, lead vocalist and founder of the band The Sketches and Lahooti Melo will be performing at the festival.

This is the first time the KLF will be taking place outside of Pakistan.

Guests of the eleven-day Alchemy Festival are in for a treat as Abida Parveen and Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop are also set to perform at the event.

The Queen of Sufi music will entrance the audience with her soulful voice, while Lahore's infamous Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop will hold a puppet show. Both will be performing on 28th May.

The Alchemy Festival showcases the dynamic creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK. It is the largest festival (outside of South Asia) that is inspired from South Asian culture.

The 11-day festival will start on 19 May.


M. Emad Apr 29, 2017 03:38pm
The historic Dhaka 'Ekushey Literature Festival and Book Fair' replicated in dozens of cities across the world in February.
Zak Apr 29, 2017 03:59pm
Pakistan culture and history being taken abroad-awesome.
ga Apr 29, 2017 04:41pm
Doesn't that make it a 'London' Literary Festival?
True Pakistani Apr 29, 2017 05:30pm
Already sold out, would have been nice to have heard about this earlier :(
nuzhat Apr 29, 2017 05:49pm
wow...its inspiring, how i wish to attend this!
Fair opinions Apr 29, 2017 06:16pm
Legend singer Abida Parveen and her entourage are cordially invited to perform in USA.
ashar Apr 29, 2017 06:16pm
The way they are taking it forward, it seems right to celebrate it in London. next time in Brazil with the name of Karachi literature carnival
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 29, 2017 06:18pm
Great decision to promote the true picture of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in general and the historic city of Karachi, also known as the "city of lights," in particular. Keep it up and hang on tough.
Chris Roberts Apr 30, 2017 11:25am
This is an excellent idea given the historical and cultural links between the two countries. Pakistan and Britain are no strangers to each other.
zahid Apr 30, 2017 02:35pm
tickets bought already