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South Asian Literature Festival (15-25 October)

PTH announces the forthcoming festival – Raza Rumi
The inaugural South Asian Literature Festival takes place in London from 15th – 25th October, followed by outreach events in Brighton, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester at the end of October.
SALF joins an emerging landscape of literature festivals located in South Asia including Jaipur, Hay Festival Kerala, Galle and Karachi Literature Festivals but is UK based and the only one to have the remit of focusing on South Asian writing exclusively.

Reflecting the diverse nature of South Asian culture, SALF is a multi-dimensional festival and will explore the politics, languages and literature of the region through music, spoken word, visual arts and literary performance.

Playing host to a stellar cast of authors, actors, poets, musicians – home-grown, international and from the sub-continent – and leading lights from the worlds of politics, academia and broadcasting, SALF looks forward to hosting top names such as prize-winning novelist Romesh Gunesekera; from two great political dynasties, Fatima Bhutto and Nayantara Sahgal; historian Michael Wood, acclaimed writer and musicianAmit Chaudhuri, Pakistan’s rising-star author Moniza Alvi, jazz musician Cleveland Watkiss and well-known broadcasters Mihir Bose and Hardeep Singh Kohli. Continue reading


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Karachi Literary Festival

by Raza Rumi

Oxford University Press and the British Council are holding a literary festival – first of its kind.

The programme can be viewed here – Full programme of the Karachi Literary Festival

I am off to Karachi to attend this moot.

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Eid Mubarak

Pak Tea House wishes all its readers and visitors

Eid Mubarak

(Raza Rumi and the editors)


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Flying in the valley

Basant retains its true spirit even as far away as the Silicon Valley

By Shahzada Irfan Ahmed

Just when basant is becoming history, and something increasingly forbidden in Pakistan, this colourful event is gaining popularity abroad day by day. Pakistani diaspora settled all over the world arranges this festival on a regular basis — basically to strengthen its bonds with its culture back home. A bunch of friends, students or families get together at a common place and have fun flying kites and relishing traditional Pakistani cuisine. Continue reading


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Press release by the organisers

The 7th KaraFilm Festival – Karachi International Film Festival 2009 – which kicked off on February 4th, drew to a close on Sunday, 15th February, with an informal closing ceremony attended by celebrities, filmmakers, foreign mission representatives and film aficionados where the jury awards were announced. The closing ceremony, scaled down in size from the 6th KaraFilm Festival because of a resource crunch, followed a boisterous last screening of the feel-good American film “Mamma Mia!” based on the songs of the Swedish pop group Abba. The closing capped 12 days of screenings and events that showcased over 140 films from the 230 odd films initially selected. Films from some 44 countries participated in Pakistan’s premiere international film festival. Continue reading


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Int’l Performing Arts Fest Spotlights Liberal Pakistan

By Beena Sarwar (IPS)

LAHORE, Nov 18 (IPS) – Some 370 foreign actors, musicians, dancers
and puppeteers have defied the warnings of their friends, families
and governments to participate in an international performing arts
festival in Lahore, cultural capital of the world’s `most dangerous

The privately organised 12th World Performing Arts Festival, Nov 13-
23, showcases Pakistani and international dance, theatre, film,
music, and puppetry in the largest such event in the region.

This is the 26th international festival organised by the Rafi Peer
Theatre Workshop (RPTW), a group launched in Karachi in the early
1980s by the family of the late Rafi Peer, the Germany-
educated `grand old man’ of modern Pakistani theatre who died in
1974. His youngest sons, twins Faizaan and Sadaan, started out with
puppet and theatre performances in Karachi.

In 1992, they organised the first international festival in their
native Lahore, springing from artist Faizaan’s passion for puppets,
bringing together puppeteers from around the world. Since then, the
Peerzadas (literally, `Peer’s sons’) as the family is called, have
organised up to three international festivals a year, showcasing
puppetry, dance, music, and theatre. Continue reading

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