Pakistan Literary Festival 2024 will be held at BUITEMS in Quetta – Culture

Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) Chairman Karachi on Monday announced the two-day Pakistan Literary Festival 2024 in the provincial capital.

The festival will be held on May 15 and 16, Mohammad Ahmed Shah announced while speaking at a press conference along with Balochistan Union of Journalists Chairman Khalil Ahmed and Quetta Press Club Secretary General Banaras Khan.

Mr Shah said that renowned personalities from the fields of literature, cinema, theatre, music and entertainment and politicians will attend the festival to be held at Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences.

“Organizing a festival in Balochistan is a heart-warming undertaking. I have come to Quetta to organize a literary festival. I strive to embrace all languages ​​and cultures,” Shah said.

He said that the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, is not controlled by the government and is run as an NGO.

He underlined the deep-rooted historical ties between Balochistan and Sindh, noting the active participation of Balochi writers and poets in Karachi.

He said the festival includes several local languages ​​including Balochi, Brahvi and Pashto with 75 percent of the participants coming from the province.

Mr Shah said the festival will also feature sessions focusing on old ties between Balochistan and Sindh.

He said that while this will be the first festival of its kind in Quetta, it will not be the last. He expressed the ACP’s commitment to continue this initiative.

He highlighted the involvement of literary figures and government representatives in addressing issues relevant to Balochistan.

He said that the youth of Lyari, an area of ​​Karachi often referred to as mini-Balochistan, are actively involved in the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.

“We have students from Khuzdar who come to study at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. I am grateful to the Quetta Press Club for giving us a warm welcome. After discussions, we decided to organize a grand musical festival, bringing together the musicians of Balochistan.”

He praised the work of Balochi Academy and highlighted the presence of Balochi books in the library of Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.

He said he is trying to connect art institutions of the country.

He expressed concern over the disillusionment among the youth of Balochistan, adding that unemployed youth will not rest until they are assured of a solution to their problems.

He clarified that this is not a political, but a cultural event and that the purpose of the political sessions at the festival is to present public representatives to the people.

Originally published in Dawn, May 14, 2024