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Karachi Literature Festival Day Pass

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Get involved in this lively celebration of literature, taking place outside of Pakistan for the first time.

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) draws thousands of visitors to a host of events overlooking Chinna creek, exploring literature and freedom of expression.

This year, the KLF takes place outside of Pakistan for the first time, in a full day of talks, debates and performances, showcasing the talent and diversity of Pakistan's literary scene, both at home and abroad.

In partnership with Southbank Centre's Literature Team, KLF have programmed a day packed with discussions that immerse audiences in the creativity of Pakistani culture. From hard-hitting debates about contemporary life, to readings from established and emerging voices and family-friendly events, culminating in a music show, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The day highlights and celebrates Pakistan’s rich history and culture on the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation.

‘It is not possible to bring the world to Pakistan to savour our literature and cultural creativity but it is possible to take it to the world. The cultural crossroad that is the great city of London is the perfect place to bring together our authors, both from within Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora, to celebrate the vigour and originality of their writings in the 70th year of Pakistan’s independence.’ (Ameena Saiyid, co-founder of KLF).

Please note, children cannot attend this talk. There is a separately ticketed programme for children, find out more here

Dates & times

20 May 2017
  • 10:00 am
    BSL

where

Various

Pricing

£20
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)

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Access
BSL Interpretation

A number of talks will be BSL interpreted. To discuss any access issues or requirements, email accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk or call our Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200.

Access tickets for people requiring British Sign Language Interpretation are available .here

Literature
Talks & Topics
11:00 am, 20 May 2017
Start your day with Mohammed Hanif as he gives insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes and dilemmas
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
11:45 am, 20 May 2017
Hear from directors, filmmakers, documentarians and designers on the Pakistani Renaissance
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
11:45 am, 20 May 2017
Discuss the legislations around transgender people and women in Pakistan
Literature
Talks & Topics
11:45 am, 20 May 2017
Explore characters and fictions inspired by exile and displacement with Kamila Shamsie and others
Talks & Topics
1:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Debate the dangers of poor provision in a talk with educations, entrepreneurs and experts
Literature
Talks & Topics
1:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Speakers weigh up the challenge of portraying Pakistan’s gender and class divide in fiction
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
1:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Hear a gathering of poets recite their latest offerings in this open mic opportunity
Literature
Talks & Topics
2:45 pm, 20 May 2017
Hear Baroness Warsi discuss her book, The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain, with Suniya Qureshi
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
2:45 pm, 20 May 2017
Analyse the geopolitical and internal challenges facing Pakistan
Talks & Topics
2:45 pm, 20 May 2017
Examine if Urdu is under threat from English or regional languages in this talk
Literature
Poetry
3:45 pm, 20 May 2017
Witness a medley of readings, film clips, recitals and poetry about the Partition of India
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
4:00 pm, 20 May 2017
Partake in this debate on the challenges faced by diaspora Pakistanis in Europe and how they cope
Literature
Poetry
4:00 pm, 20 May 2017
Join us to discover outstanding poetry and prose by writers and poets of Pakistani origin
Talks & Topics
Society & Activism
5:15 pm, 20 May 2017
Discuss the battle for Karachi and its resilience in spite of the gang wars and political conflict
Talks & Topics
Politics & History
5:15 pm, 20 May 2017
Can social media change the political scene in Pakistan?
Contemporary Classical
Spoken word & Live literature
5:15 pm, 20 May 2017
Bring the littles ones along for songs and stories

before & after

Exterior view of YO! Sushi at the Southbank Centre
Delectable Japanese sushi, ramen and more to be grabbed from the conveyor belt
Couple having a cocktail in Ping Pong restaurant at the Southbank Centre
At Chinese restaurant Ping Pong, a buzzing cocktail bar meets the delights of dim sum