3-day Islamabad Literature Festival kicks off on November 3.

ISLAMABAD -- The 9th Edition of the Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) will commence on November 3 at the Gandhara Citizen Club here at Fatima Jinnah Park of the F-9 sector.

The dates for the three-day festival which will conclude on November 5 was announced by Oxford University Press (OUP) in a news release on Tuesday.

'With the overarching theme of 'People, Planet, Possibilities,' ILF promises an array of captivating keynotes, engaging conversations, book launches, exhibitions, and film screenings.'

The inaugural event will be opened to the public, featuring thought-provoking speeches by OUP Managing Director Arshad Saeed Husain, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom Jane Marriott and others.

The event will also include keynotes by the notable British author, biographer, and historian, Victoria Schofield, and the eminent Urdu poet, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Presidential Pride of Performance, Iftikhar Arif. A beautiful performance on a literary piece will conclude the event.

Staying true to its tradition of celebrating Urdu poetry and its rendition, the event's program has a grand Mushaira presided over by Iftikhar Arif, and a Ghazal Night with the maestro Ustad Hamid Ali Khan on the second and third evenings, respectively.

All informative and literary discussions will be led by eminent experts, including Dr. Ishrat Husain, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Mohammad Aurangzeb, Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, Saquib Ahmad, Dr. Farzana Bari, Dr. Najeeba Arif, Nasir Abbas Nayyar, Kishwar Naheed, Nasira Zuberi, Omar Shahid Hamid, Muneeza Shamsie...

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