KARACHI: As the 9th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) kicks off, our reporter Minerwa Tahir updates us live from the venue.
In the opening session, Italian Consul General Anna Ruffino ended her speech, saying 'Pakistan-Italy Dosti Zindabad'.
Meanwhile, Omar Shahid Hamid got the KLF Getz Pharma Prize for the best writer for the second time in two years for his book, The Party Worker.
Altaf Fatima bagged the KLF-Infaq Foundation Urdu Literature award for her book, Deed Wadeed.
The KLF has been a yearly affair for the past nine years. Like every year, the event offers a wide variety of panelists. The three-day festival will end on Sunday.
Photos: Minerwa Tahir
As per custom, the festival offers book launches and mushairas as well as panel discussions on a variety of topics. Moreover, there will be the usual book fair, author signings and food court.
New features have been added to the festival this year: an open mic and a speakers corner. This year’s KLF features around 76 sessions with 235 speakers and/or performers.
Today, the event will open with welcome speeches by Ameena Saiyid, Asif Farrukhi and Adrian Mellor, followed by speeches of festival sponsors.
An awards ceremony of KLF-Pepsi (Non-Fiction), KLF-Getz Pharma (Fiction), and KLF-Infaq Foundation (Urdu Literature) Prizes was held, followed by keynote speeches by Francis Robinson and Noorul Huda Shah. Shayma Saiyid then delivered a Kathak performance.