LLF 2019

The seventh edition of the Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) will commence at Alhamra Arts Center, Mall Road on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The two-day event is open and free to the public.

“Since its debut edition in 2013, LLF has burnished Lahore’s primacy as the place of civilized discourse and big ideas,” says Razi Ahmed, founder and CEO of LLF. “The festival has engaged students and citizens across the country and it has celebrated thinkers, from Pakistan and abroad, in vibrant discussions across a range of themes.”

In addition to its free annual event in Lahore, LLF has held three sold-out editions in New York in association with Asia Society and three sold-out editions in London, most recently in collaboration with the British Library. “LLF’s international editions have allowed us to showcase and celebrate Pakistan’s arts and literary traditions,” said Nusrat Jamil, one of the LLF directors.

Previous LLF speakers in Lahore have included Tariq Ali, Vikram Seth, Tehmina Durrani, Joe Sacco, Abdullah Hussein, Kamila Shamsie, Hari Kunzru, Intizar Hussain, Sana Mir, Romila Thapar, Asma Jahangir, Michael Palin, Mira Nair, Teju Cole, Steve Coll, Ayesha Jalal, Margaret MacMillan, Rasheed Araeen, William Dalrymple, Peter Frankopan, Audrey Truschke, Ben Okri, Iftikhar Husain.

LLF is a celebratory exploration of Pakistan’s literary arts. The festival features artists, writers, and opinion leaders from across the world in thoughtful discussions on a variety of topics du jour. Founded by Razi Ahmed in 2012, LLF aims to reclaim Lahore’s cultural significance and influence. LLF is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of Pakistan.

The schedule for next year’s edition, featuring local and international speakers attending LLF 2019, will be made public closer to the event in February.