Children Literature Festival 2018 to be held in Walled City
Lahore, 4th January 2018: The Children Literature Festival (CLF), a social movement on art and literature, and the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) today announced dates for CLF 2018, while highlighting details of the event, during a joint press conference held at the Shahi Hammam. In a first, CLF 2018 will take place from 12th to 14th January at various heritage sites across the Walled City of Lahore.
Revealing details of the groundbreaking collaboration between the CLF and the WCLA, Ms Baela Jamil, Founder CLF, said, “Lahore is a city steeped in heritage and culture; we wanted to weave this historical narrative into the threads of the CLF. As such, we are extremely proud of this collaborative effort with the WCLA and are confident that this year’s event will help nurture and multiply children’s love for stories, storytelling, creativity, and reading.”
Commenting on the event, Mr Kamran Lashari said, “It has been a great pleasure collaborating with the CLF team to help create this amazing event for all Lahoris. We are confident that it will provide a source of much entertainment and education for all, and hope to continue this collaboration well into the future.”
This year’s Festival is structured around the theme of ‘Celebrating Peace, Heritage, and 70 Years of Pakistan’ and seeks to highlight Pakistan’s cultural treasure trove. The sessions at CLF Walled City will be held simultaneously in 14 heritage sites from the Delhi Gate to Asif Jah Haveli – including locations all along the Shahi Guzargah.
The Festival will encapsulate various activities, including digital learning, arts and crafts, storytelling through music, puppetry, and interactive theatre workshops along with traditional art forms, especially tile making, clay work, and fresco painting.
Renowned writers, poets, artists, educationists, and singers and musicians from across the country will be contributing their time and knowledge for the children of Lahore as part of the event. Participants include luminaries such as Zubeida Mustafa, Rumana Husain, Ameena Saiyid, Adeel Hashmi, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Faisal Bari, Mushraf Ali Farooqi, and Basarat Kazim.
The Festival is being supported by organisations such as UNESCO, the Oxford University Press, the British Council, Allied Bank, the Baber Ali Foundation, the Beaconhouse School System, and the Lahore Grammar School to help promote a message of peace and heritage and love for literature. The District Education Authority of Lahore has also lent its full support engaging the maximum number of school-going children for the event.
The Children Literary Festival is a social equaliser and is open for all with no fee or entry ticket. Organised by the CLF in collaboration with the WCLA, the Festival intends to bring together children from all across the city under one umbrella to inculcate in them a love of reading, while promoting literature and Pakistani culture. The Festival will also include discussions on the interaction between cultural preservation and youth in a globalised world. For three days, the Walled City of Lahore will be the destination of choice for those who hold a love for culture, history, arts and performances.