The fifth edition of the annual Lahore Literary Festival took place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Faletti’s Hotel. (LLF 2017 was originally to take place Feb. 24-26 at the Alhamra Art Center.)
“This year’s three-day, free and open-to-public event will feature eminent writers, historians, artists, and opinion makers from home and abroad in nuanced, thought-provoking discussions on the astonishing political and social changes our world faces today,” Razi Ahmed, LLF founder and CEO, had said prior to the truncation of the festival due to the prevailing situation in the city and country.
Scheduled speakers at LLF 2017 had included, among others, author and social worker Tehmina Durrani on the legacy of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi; Mohsin Hamid, who is out with his new book, Exit West; historian Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World; Michael Palin, writer, television presenter, and Monty Python alumnus.
“Lahore has historically been the firmament of big ideas,” said Ahmed. “LLF is all about celebrating the intellectual and creative vitality of this city, its cosmopolitan and syncretic past, its storied cultural contributions, and its place in the global literary world today.”
LLF is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of Pakistan.