The first-ever two-day Lyari Literature Festival (LLF) for the promotion of peace and harmony is all set to begin tomorrow (Saturday) at the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari (BBSUL) located between Mola Madad Chowk and Cheel Chowk.

Notable speakers and masters from different fields will participate in the two-day festival that will hold over 23 sessions.

Day 1 topics include discussions on Lyari and Politics, history of Lyari and Karachi, the role of universities in shaping the mind, women’s participation in art, literature and culture, the literature of mother languages in Pakistan and displacement of minorities.

The second day will feature the panellists addressing issues such as how fake news affects society and art, artists and institutions.

The panellists will also review the role of literary, art and social institutions to counter violent extremism, youth political activism, Karachi as a concrete jungle, role of contemporary children’s literature in character building, Lyari and sports.

The issues such as women’s contribution to creating a peaceful society and modern trends of Balochi literature have also been included in the first LLF.

A qawwali session by the Hamza Brothers will be held on the first day while a documentary on Gwadar will be screened. Theatre performances, storytelling, book inaugural sessions and poetry sessions, including Urdu Mushaira have also been arranged in the festival.

The panelists include Taj Haider, Dr Wahid Baloch, Dr Akhtar Baloch, Wusatullah Khan, Dr Manzoor Baloch, Gul Hasan Kalmati, Dr Kaleem Ullah Lashari, Dr Riaz Shaikh, Dr Saleem Memon, Dr Uzma Qadri, Seema Maheshwari, Dr Touseef Ahmed, Dr Irfan Aziz, Anjum Parvaiz and Naheed Israr, among many others.

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