Along with the end of the short-lived winter, February now also marks the year’s most literary event for the city by the sea. Book lovers, or just fun-lovers starved for entertainment, will be flocking to KLF this weekend, as promising things beckon.
Since its launch seven years ago, the Karachi Literature Festival, held by the Oxford University Press, has drawn greater crowds every year, attendance rising from 5,000 in the first year to over 70,000 at the last event. The festival will get underway on the 5th of February and continue till the 7th at the Beach Luxury Hotel.
Karachiites, who enjoyed the Karachi Eat event recently, will now be able to enjoy a more intellectual kind of feasting. The festival features debates, discussions, book launches, lectures and mushairas (even one in English this year). The defining element of KLF this year is ‘broad spectrum’ – from feminism to film and television, social issues to political ones, there’s going to be enlightening focus on diverse subjects.
For those looking for lighter entertainment, there’ll be many activities which adults and kids both can enjoy on a family day out. Besides the book exhibition, there will be a film screening of Manto, a music performance by Zoe Viccaji and to add zest to the event, Saad Haroon will be presenting his famous stand-up comedy act.
Though the much-trumpeted attendance by Indian actor Anupam Kher has been stumped by visa issues, you can still catch a glimpse of and listen to Laxmi Tripathi, as well as scores of local celebrities. After all, it’s an image-booster to be seen at a Literature festival, wouldn’t you say?